11 days in Lake City & Estes Park Itinerary

11 days in Lake City & Estes Park Itinerary

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11 days in Lake City & Estes Park Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10 h 30 min
1
Lake City
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
2
Estes Park
— 9 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: New York City

1
night
Lake City

Lake City ©
The Town of Lake City is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Hinsdale County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Hinsdale County Museum and then head outdoors with Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre Peaks.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lake City trip planner.

New York City to Lake City is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Lake City, with highs around 74°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Lake City

Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre Peaks ©
Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre Peaks
Hinsdale County Museum ©
Hinsdale County Museum

9
nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Horseback Riding Tours and Winter Park Resort. Get out of town with these interesting Estes Park side-trips: Boulder (Flatirons & Pearl Street Mall), Rocky Mountain National Park (Trail Ridge Road & Bear Lake) and Fort Collins (New Belgium Brewing & River Rafting & Tubing). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, catch some excitement at Carousel of Happiness, have some family-friendly fun at Tiny Town Miniature Golf, and view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lake City to Estes Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Lake City in July, expect Estes Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Nederland, Fort Collins, Boulder, Winter Park Resort
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Lake Estes Marina ©
Lake Estes Marina

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