9 days in Denver, Boulder & Estes Park Itinerary

9 days in Denver, Boulder & Estes Park Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
2
Boulder
— 2 nights
3
Estes Park
— 3 nights
4
Denver
— 1 night

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Let the collections at Clyfford Still Museum and Forney Museum of Transportation capture your imagination. Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and National Ballpark Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: get your game on at EscapeWorks Denver, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Prost Brewery, admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and examine the collection at Denver Firefighters Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Denver online tour itinerary maker.

San Francisco to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Denver: temperatures range from 43°F by day to 19°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colorado Railroad Museum
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Clyfford Still Museum ©
Clyfford Still Museum
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art ©
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
Forney Museum of Transportation ©
Forney Museum of Transportation

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nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naropa University, then stroll through Mesa Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Humane Society of Boulder Valley, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Redstone Meadery.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Boulder trip maker.

Boulder is just a short distance from Denver. In December, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
Highlights from your plan
Humane Society of Boulder Valley ©
Humane Society of Boulder Valley
Redstone Meadery ©
Redstone Meadery
Naropa University ©
Naropa University

3
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Estes Park Museum and Mountain Blown Glass. Get in touch with nature at Deer Mountain and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Wild Basin Area (in Rocky Mountain National Park) and Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

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Getting from Boulder to Estes Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Boulder in December, Estes Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Estes Park Museum ©
Estes Park Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

1
night
Denver

Denver ©
On the 27th (Sun), have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Denver, contemplate the long history of Center for Colorado Women's History at the Byers-Evans House, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Great Divide Brewery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Denver itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Classes · Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Children's Museum of Denver ©
Children's Museum of Denver
Great Divide Brewery ©
Great Divide Brewery

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