11 days in Boulder, Denver & Vail Itinerary

11 days in Boulder, Denver & Vail Itinerary

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11 days in Boulder, Denver & Vail Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  45​min
1
Boulder
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Denver
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Denver

2
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.
On the 2nd (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Eldorado Canyon State Park, take in breathtaking views at Eldorado Canyon, and then stop by El Loro. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Flagstaff Mountain, grab your bike and head to Boulder Creek Path, and then explore the world behind art at Leanin' Tree Museum & Sculpture Garden Of Western Art.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Boulder trip builder.

Denver to Boulder is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 52°F in November, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Eldorado Canyon State Park
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Flagstaff Mountain ©
Flagstaff Mountain
Eldorado Canyon State Park ©
Eldorado Canyon State Park
Eldorado Canyon ©
Eldorado Canyon

6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Union Station, Denver, CO and 16th Street Mall. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Evans and Mount Evans Scenic Byway. When in Denver, make a side trip to see Ridge Indoor Pools in Littleton, approximately 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and stop by Tattered Cover Book Store.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Denver itinerary maker.

You can drive from Boulder to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ridge Indoor Pools, Lookout Mountain
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Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

2
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Mountain Resort and then make a trip to Main Street. Here are some ideas for day two: mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park Historical Foundation and then explore and take pictures at Guanella Pass.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Vail itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Vail takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. While traveling from Denver, expect much colder days and little chillier nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 29°F to lows of 18°F. You'll set off for home on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Main Street, South Park City Museum, Guanella Pass
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South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum

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