7 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Vail Itinerary

7 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Vail Itinerary

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7 days in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park & Vail Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Vail
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Portland

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Larimer Square, Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, and other attractions.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Denver online travel route planner .

Portland to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Portland to Denver, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Portland in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Denver, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dinosaur Ridge, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Emerald Lake Trail as well as Alpine Visitor Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get answers to all your questions at Alpine Visitor Center and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park route maker site .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. June in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F at night. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Vail.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alpine Visitor Center ©
Alpine Visitor Center

2
nights
Vail

Vail
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Booth Falls Trail as well as Charter Sports Vail Pass Bike Tour. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): hike along Booth Falls Trail. On the next day, take a spin around town with Charter Sports Vail Pass Bike Tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Vail itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Vail by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, expect nights in Vail to be little chillier, around 45°F, while days are much colder, around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Parks

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