9 days in Denver, Boulder & Estes Park Itinerary

9 days in Denver, Boulder & Estes Park Itinerary

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Denver
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Boulder
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Estes Park
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Denver
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Denver

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Mile-High City

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Clyfford Still Museum and Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and National Ballpark Museum. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at EscapeWorks Denver, experience the excitement of Colorado Railroad Museum, examine the collection at Forney Museum of Transportation, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planning tool.

San Francisco to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco to Denver, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Francisco in December, you will find days in Denver are a bit cooler (43°F), and nights are colder (19°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Denver

Side Trip

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Boulder

Boulder ©

Berkeley of the Rockies

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 · Breweries & Distilleries · Trails · Historic Sites
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Redstone Meadery
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Naropa University
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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 Aspen and Evergreen Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Deer Mountain and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark) and Wild Basin Area (in Rocky Mountain National Park). There's lots more to do: sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, do a tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery, and sample the tasty concoctions at Rock Cut Brewing Company.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Estes Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from Boulder to Estes Park in an hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Estes Park when traveling from Boulder in December, with lows around 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Side Trip

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Estes Park Museum
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Chapel on the Rock
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Denver

Denver ©

Mile-High City

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 · Breweries & Distilleries
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