5 days in Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountain National Park & Denver Itinerary

5 days in Glenwood Springs, Rocky Mountain National Park & Denver Itinerary

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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Denver
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): trek along Hanging Lake Trail and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs vacation planner.

New York City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in April; daily highs in Glenwood Springs reach 38°F and lows reach 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 1 night
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 15th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in April, plan for warmer days in Rocky Mountain National Park, with highs around 64°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Denver

— 2 nights

Mile-High City

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 17th (Sat): look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, then browse the exhibits of Denver Botanic Gardens, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver in 2 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in April, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are little chillier, around 59°F. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Parks · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries