4 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve Itinerary

4 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve Itinerary

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4 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h
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Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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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 16th (Sun), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, then explore and take pictures at Coors Field, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver trip planner .

Chicago to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 55°F in Denver. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, then get great views at Milner Pass, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park tour builder .

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Scenic Drive Parks Nature
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Milner Pass ©
Milner Pass

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stroll through High Dune Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Rocky Mountain National Park to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve with the Route module. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is little chillier at night with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature Trails
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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