5 days in Denver & Estes Park Itinerary

5 days in Denver & Estes Park Itinerary

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5 days in Denver & Estes Park Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: San Diego

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Denver: Colorado Springs (United States Air Force Academy & Garden of the Gods), Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Denver road trip planner .

San Diego to Denver is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Denver. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in August: highs in Denver hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Colorado Springs, River Rafting & Tubing, Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park trip planner .

Getting from Denver to Estes Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Estes Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Shopping
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Spas
Horseback Riding Tours
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

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