24 days in Denver, Oregon & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

24 days in Denver, Oregon & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

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24 days in Denver, Oregon & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

Start: Akureyri
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Florence
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Newport
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Cannon Beach
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Bend
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Hood River
— 3 nights
+5
Bus + Tram + Fly + Foot + Bus + Drive:  13​h 15​min
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
+3
Drive + Bus + Foot + Fly:  20​h
End: Akureyri

2
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'll visit kid-friendly attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Argo Mill and Tunnel. You'll explore and learn at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and Denver Museum of Nature & Science. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum (in Golden) and Wild Animal Sanctuary (in Keenesburg). It doesn't end there: glide through natural beauty at Cherry Creek State Park and contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip planning app .

Akureyri, Iceland to Denver is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. While traveling from Akureyri, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Denver, ranging from highs of 33°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Florence.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, The Wild Animal Sanctuary, Cherry Creek State Park, Dinosaur Ridge
Highlights from your plan
Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum ©
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park

2
nights
Florence

Florence ©
Florence is a coastal city in Lane County, in the U.S. Visiting Shore Acres State Park and Heceta Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and Devil's Churn. When in Florence, make a side trip to see Umpqua River Lighthouse in Winchester Bay, approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: try for a hole-in-one at Sandland Adventures.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Florence road trip planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Denver to Florence in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denver to Florence due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Denver, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Florence, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Newport.

Things to do in Florence

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Umpqua River Lighthouse, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Shore Acres State Park, Devil's Churn
Highlights from your plan
Devil's Churn ©
Devil's Churn
Umpqua River Lighthouse ©
Umpqua River Lighthouse
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area ©

3
nights
Newport

Newport ©
A town that survives on the sea, Newport's population of just over 10,000 supports a healthy commercial fishing industry.
Step out of the city life by going to Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area and Devils Punchbowl State Natural Area. Bring the kids along to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Nye Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Newport: Lincoln City (Prehistoric & Lincoln City Glass Center), Willamette Valley Vineyards (in Turner) and Gleneden Beach State Park (in Gleneden Beach). It doesn't end there: get curious at Hatfield Marine Science Center.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Newport trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Florence to Newport in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Newport sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cannon Beach.

Things to do in Newport

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Lincoln City, Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area, Gleneden Beach State Park, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Willamette Valley Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Willamette Valley Vineyards ©
Willamette Valley Vineyards
Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area ©
Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area
Lincoln City Glass Center ©
Lincoln City Glass Center

3
nights
Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach is a city in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Manzanita Beach and Cannon Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Haystack Rock and Hug Point State Recreation Site. When in Cannon Beach, make a side trip to see Rockaway Beach Wayside in Rockaway Beach, approximately 38 minutes away. It doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Hug Point State Park and enjoy the sea views from Tillamook Rock Light.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Cannon Beach trip planner .

Getting from Newport to Cannon Beach by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Bend.

Things to do in Cannon Beach

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rockaway Beach Wayside, Manzanita Beach, Hug Point State Recreation Site
Highlights from your plan
Cannon Beach ©
Cannon Beach
Rockaway Beach Wayside ©
Rockaway Beach Wayside
Haystack Rock ©
Haystack Rock

3
nights
Bend

Bend ©
An old logging town at the crux of the high desert and ponderosa pine forest, Bend melds a love of the outdoors with cosmopolitan flair.
Visiting Lava River Cave and Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like River Rafting & Tubing and Newberry National Volcanic Monument. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bend: Sahalie and Koosah Falls (in Sisters) and Lava Cast Forest Trail (in La Pine). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Tumalo Falls, take a stroll through City of Sisters, delve into the lush surroundings at Deschutes National Forest, and contemplate the waterfront views at Sparks Lake.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Bend road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Cannon Beach to Bend takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cannon Beach in June: highs in Bend hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hood River.

Things to do in Bend

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sisters, Lava Cast Forest Trail
Highlights from your plan
Lava River Cave ©
Lava River Cave
Deschutes National  Forest ©
Deschutes National Forest
Sahalie and Koosah Falls ©
Sahalie and Koosah Falls

3
nights
Hood River

Hood River ©
The city of Hood River is the seat of Hood River County, Oregon, United States. Get in touch with nature at Timberline Lodge and Ski Area and Starvation Creek State Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum and Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mount Hood, do a tasting at Marchesi Vineyards, explore the activities along Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and trek along Starvation Creek Ridge Loop.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hood River online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Bend to Hood River takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Bend in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Hood River, with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hood River

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cascade Locks, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, Timberline Lodge and Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Mount Hood ©
Mount Hood
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area ©
Timberline Lodge and Ski Area

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain, then explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, and finally appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake, and then explore by horseback at Winding River Resort Stables.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker app .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Hood River to Rocky Mountain National Park in 13.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, flight, bus, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hood River to Rocky Mountain National Park. When traveling from Hood River in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Rocky Mountain National Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

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