11 days in Estes Park, Fort Collins & Denver Itinerary

11 days in Estes Park, Fort Collins & Denver Itinerary

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11 days in Estes Park, Fort Collins & Denver Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Fort Collins
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Denver
— 1 night
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h
End: Indianapolis

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alluvial Fan and Spas & Wellness. When in Estes Park, make a side trip to see Adams Falls Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, approximately 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, go for a stroll along the water at Lake Estes Marina, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and do a tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park holiday planning tool .

Indianapolis to Estes Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Estes Park. Traveling from Indianapolis in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 50°F in Estes Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Estes Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Spas & Wellness
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Adams Falls Trail ©
Adams Falls Trail
Spas & Wellness
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

4
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Fort Collins is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lincoln Highway and Devil's Backbone Open Space. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Collins side-trips: Chapungu Sculpture Park (in Loveland), Cheyenne (Nelson Museum of the West, Laramie County Public Library, & more) and Poudre River Trail (in Greeley). There's much more to do: stop by The Cupboard, see the interesting displays at The Farm at Lee Martinez Park, stroll through City Park, and delve into the lush surroundings at Arapaho National Forest.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Fort Collins trip maker .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Fort Collins takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Fort Collins can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Fort Collins

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Cheyenne, Loveland, Poudre River Trail, High Hops Brewery, Arapaho National Forest
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Devil's Backbone Open Space ©
Devil's Backbone Open Space
Lincoln Highway ©
Lincoln Highway
Laramie County Public Library ©
Laramie County Public Library

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Washington Park, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and then see the interesting displays at Colorado Railroad Museum.

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Drive from Fort Collins to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

#Parks, #Breweries, #Museums

Side Trip

Colorado Railroad Museum
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Washington Park ©
Washington Park
Colorado Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Railroad Museum
Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour ©

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