5 days in Breckenridge, Estes Park & Denver Itinerary

5 days in Breckenridge, Estes Park & Denver Itinerary

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5 days in Breckenridge, Estes Park & Denver Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
1
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Breckenridge trip planner .

San Francisco to Breckenridge is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. Traveling from San Francisco in July, expect Breckenridge to be slightly colder, temps between 65°F and 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, South Park City Museum
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River Rafting & Tubing
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Breckenridge Welcome Center ©
Breckenridge Welcome Center

2
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.
On the 14th (Sun), look for gifts at Brownfield's, shop like a local with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Bear Necessities & Cubs, wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally admire all the interesting features of Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Estes Park day trip planning app .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Breckenridge in July: highs in Estes Park hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Spas & Wellness
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Downtown Estes Park ©
Downtown Estes Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then view the masterpieces at Denver Botanic Gardens, then browse the different shops at 16th Street Mall, and finally steep yourself in history at Union Station.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver travel route website .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Denver are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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