17 days in Rocky Mountain National Park, Denver & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

17 days in Rocky Mountain National Park, Denver & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

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17 days in Rocky Mountain National Park, Denver & Yellowstone National Park Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  15​h 15​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
3
Yellowstone National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: London

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Old Fall River Road and Dillon Reservoir. Step out of Rocky Mountain National Park to go to Nederland and see Carousel of Happiness, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, and explore the activities along Sprague Lake.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip builder tool .

London, UK to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from London to Rocky Mountain National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Dillon Reservoir, Carousel of Happiness
Highlights from your plan
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Guanella Pass and Sports Authority Field at Mile High. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Hotel de Paris Museum (in Georgetown) and Wild Animal Sanctuary (in Keenesburg). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain, admire all the interesting features of University of Colorado at Boulder, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Denver sightseeing site .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Georgetown, Lookout Mountain, University of Colorado at Boulder, The Wild Animal Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Lookout Mountain ©
Lookout Mountain
Beer Tastings & Tours
Sports Authority Field at Mile High ©

6
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Explore hidden gems such as Old Faithful Visitor Education Center and Firehole Canyon Drive. Get out of town with these interesting Yellowstone National Park side-trips: Jenny Lake (in Moran) and Jenny Lake Trail (in Grand Teton National Park). The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail, witness a stunning natural landmark at Grand Prismatic Spring, and explore the striking landscape at Biscuit Basin.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park online trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Yellowstone National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Denver in October, things will get a bit cooler in Yellowstone National Park: highs are around 10°C and lows about -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jenny Lake, Jenny Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
West Thumb Geyser Basin ©
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Midway Geyser Basin ©
Midway Geyser Basin

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