5 days in Estes Park & Denver Itinerary

5 days in Estes Park & Denver Itinerary

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5 days in Estes Park & Denver Itinerary

Start: Detroit
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Denver
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Detroit

2
nights
Estes Park

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 17th (Wed): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area, and then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park day trip planning website .

Detroit to Estes Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Estes Park. While traveling from Detroit, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, then make a trip to 16th Street Mall, and finally contemplate the long history of Union Station. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: catch a live performance at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Denver Zoo.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Denver online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Estes Park to Denver in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in April, you will find days in Denver are slightly colder (59°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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