9 days in Denver, Estes Park & Aspen Itinerary

9 days in Denver, Estes Park & Aspen Itinerary

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9 days in Denver, Estes Park & Aspen Itinerary

Start: Denver
1
Denver
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Denver

3
nights
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 out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: United States Air Force Academy (in Colorado Springs) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Evans, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity United Methodist Church, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Denver holiday builder website .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Denver. In August, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Crown Hill Park, United States Air Force Academy, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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.
On the 18th (Sun), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then stroll around Estes Park Visitor Center. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Aspen and Evergreen Gallery.

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Drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Estes Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trip

Trail Ridge Road
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Horseback Riding Tours
Spas

3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Maroon Lake Scenic Trail as well as Maroon Bells. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells and then take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, cruise along Independence Pass, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Windstar Land Conservancy.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Aspen tour planner .

Fly from Denver to Aspen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In August, Aspen is little chillier than Denver - with highs of 77°F and lows of 46°F. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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