Central USA – Denver, Rocky Mountains National Park, Garden of the Gods

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  • 3 Days Hotel based
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • 4 - 12Group Size
  • Availability needed
  • ModerateActivity Rate

Central USA Tour Details

Join us on an exhilarating 3-day adventure through the captivating landscapes of Denver and its surrounding natural wonders. Your adventure begins in the vibrant city of Denver, where you’ll check into your comfortable hotel accommodation. Venture into the majestic Rocky Mountains National Park, immersing yourself in the breathtaking beauty of towering peaks, alpine lakes, and lush forests.

We’ll visit the iconic Garden of the Gods, where towering sandstone formations create a surreal backdrop for exploration and photography. Marvel at the unique geological formations and learn about the area’s rich history and Native American culture. Conclude your journey with a visit to Red Rock Canyon, renowned for its striking red rock formations and scenic trails perfect for leisurely strolls or more challenging hikes.

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Denver City tour
  • Visit to Rocky Mountains National Park
  • Visit to the Garden of the Gods
  • Gratutities
  • Single supplement $350

Itinerary

Day 1Denver, CO

Take in the landmarks of the Mile-High City and immerse yourself in the vibrant rhythm of Denver, a city teeming with cultural delights and urban charm. Your local expert guide will start the tour by exploring the historic Larimer Square, adorned with Victorian buildings and bustling with quaint shops and cafes. Together, you will meander through the lively streets of LoDo (Lower Downtown), soaking in the eclectic mix of art galleries, breweries, and trendy eateries. A visit to the iconic Union Station offers a glimpse of Denver’s past intertwined with modern urban life.
A must-see gem of the Central Business District (CBD) is Brown Palace Hotel, one of the oldest hotels in the city and one of the most ornate and architecturally unique. We’ll hop back into the vehicle to head straight over to the impressive Colorado Convention Center, where your local guide can snap a shot of the group beneath the famous Big Blue Bear. Outside of the historic district of downtown, there’s a world of art to explore in the adjacent River North, or RiNo, neighborhood. Explore the alleyways of murals by talented local artists, with an opportunity to stop inside Denver Central Market, a popular food hall with excellent local cuisine.
Conclude your day by relishing the panoramic city views from the observation deck at the Denver Tech Center, allowing the city’s skyline to enchant you as the day bids adieu.

Drive time – 2 hours

 

Day 2Rocky Mountain National Park, CO

Embark on a breathtaking journey from Denver to the majestic landscapes of Rocky Mountain National Park. Departing from the heart of Denver, the scenic drive towards the park unveils a panorama of evergreen forests and winding mountain roads. As you ascend into higher elevations, the air crisps, and the landscape transforms into a wonderland of rugged peaks, alpine meadows, and crystal-clear lakes. Upon arrival at the park, dive into a world of adventure, choosing from a myriad of activities – hiking scenic trails like the Bear Lake Loop or Alberta Falls, wildlife spotting amidst the lush wilderness, or perhaps ascending to higher altitudes for panoramic views at spots like Trail Ridge Road. Revel in the park’s natural splendor and tranquility, allowing the allure of nature’s grandeur to captivate your senses. With each passing moment, Rocky Mountain National Park offers an escape into a realm of serene beauty and untamed wilderness, leaving an indelible mark on your memories of Colorado’s breathtaking landscapes. Your guide will bring lunch along the way to enjoy a picnic with a view!

After our time in the park, we will visit Estes Park, CO for some free time or shopping. Visiting Estes Park in Colorado offers a blend of natural beauty and eerie intrigue, especially with the iconic Stanley Hotel, famously known as the inspiration for Stephen King’s “The Shining,” looming over the town, inviting guests to explore its haunted history amidst the breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery.

Meals included – Breakfast | Lunch
Drive time – 2 hours

Day 3Garden of the Gods

Today we will drive south out of Denver and towards the picturesque town of Colorado Springs. You will be able to take in the quintessential Colorado landscape, as you drive along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. You’ll learn about the adventures had “out West” by some well-known historical characters, the incredible geological formations in the area, and how Colorado Springs has changed over the years. Your guide will be able to tell you about modern-day attractions like the Air Force Academy, Olympic Training Facility, and Pike’s Peak Cog Rail Line that are popular for both locals and visitors alike.
The Colorado Springs area has so much to offer! Garden of the Gods is truly a natural wonder – you’ll see soaring rock formations millions of years old. As you hike through the park, learn about the people that have lived on this land for thousands of years, from prehistoric groups and Native American tribes to western settlers coming to the area to find gold and the man that wanted to preserve the land in its natural state for generations of future visitors. You’ll get to know how this public park came to be, from its geological upheaval millions of years ago to the Ute’s connection to both these formations and the nearby Manitou Springs to the more modern-day designation as a protected landmark free to all. Among the most breathtaking formations here are the Three Graces, Cathedral Spires, and the precariously perched Balanced Rock. At certain times of the year, a variety of wildlife like mule deer, bighorn sheep, and songbirds have been known to be seen at the park. We will be able to enjoy an intermediate/moderate hike that will allow you to take in the amazing natural scenery while walking amongst the incredible rock formations.
We will hop in and out of the park for lunch in the historic town of Manitou Springs, a village that has a wonderful mix of the mining era heritage with Victorian style buildings, shops with a wide variety of souvenirs and the long-standing connection with its healing mineral/hot springs.

Meals included – Breakfast
Drive time – 2.5 hours

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