8 days in Boulder & Denver Area Itinerary

8 days in Boulder & Denver Area Itinerary

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8 days in Boulder & Denver Area Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
1
Boulder
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

4
nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Get in touch with nature at Trail Ridge Road and Photography Tours. Get some historical perspective at Historic Georgetown and Chapel on the Rock. Change things up with these side-trips from Boulder: Rocky Mountain National Park (Many Parks Curve Overlook & Emerald Lake Trail), Estes Park (Peak to Peak Scenic Byway & Horseback Riding Tours) and Fort Collins (River Rafting & Tubing & Annual Flower Trial Garden). It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Flatirons and head outdoors with Mt. Bierstadt.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Boulder trip itinerary builder tool .

Charlotte to Boulder is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Charlotte to Boulder, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Charlotte in June: high temperatures in Boulder hover around 83°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Boulder

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Georgetown, Fort Collins
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
River Rafting & Tubing
Photography Tours

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.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Denver Zoo. Visit Union Station and 16th Street Mall for their historical value. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, listen to music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and don't miss a visit to Dinosaur Ridge.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Denver trip planner .

Getting from Boulder to Denver by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In July in Denver, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dinosaur Ridge, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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