4 days in Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park & Denver Area Itinerary

4 days in Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park & Denver Area Itinerary

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4 days in Boulder, Rocky Mountain National Park & Denver Area Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
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Boulder
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Denver
— 2 nights
End: Minneapolis

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): stop by Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery and then hike along Mount Sanitas Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Boulder day trip planner.

Minneapolis to Boulder is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Minneapolis in March; daily highs in Boulder reach 57°F and lows reach 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Outdoors Trails Wildlife
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Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery ©
Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery

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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.
On the 26th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Many Parks Curve Overlook, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, then get engrossed in the history at Eagle Plume's, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Getting from Boulder to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

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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.
On the 27th (Wed), look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, then make a trip to 16th Street Mall, and finally browse the exhibits of Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Union Station, then ski along the peaceful trails at Cherry Creek State Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Dinosaur Ridge.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Denver journey maker site .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in March, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 29°F, while days are slightly colder, around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cherry Creek State Park, Dinosaur Ridge, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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