10 days in Denver, Golden & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

10 days in Denver, Golden & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

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10 days in Denver, Golden & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

Start: Denver
1
Denver
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Golden
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Denver

4
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.
You've now added Rock Park to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Evans and Flatirons. Your inner history buff will appreciate Denver Union Station and 16th Street Mall. Step out of Denver to go to Boulder and see Pearl Street Mall, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Coors Field, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and get your game on at Bad Axe Throwing.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver road trip planning tool .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Denver. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Golden.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Boulder, Rock Park
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Flatirons ©
Flatirons

2
nights
Golden

Golden represents a former Wild West town that happens to be the burial place of William F.
Lookout Mountain has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Golden History Museum & Park, then examine the collection at Colorado Railroad Museum, then browse the exhibits of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Tours, contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge, and then sample the tasty concoctions at Coors Brewery.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Golden trip planner.

Golden is just a stone's throw from Denver. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Golden

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Dinosaur Ridge, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Lookout Mountain ©
Lookout Mountain

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Emerald Lake Trail. On the 9th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, get great views at Milner Pass, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, then take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Bear Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, then admire all the interesting features of Old Fall River Road, and finally explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Golden to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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