8 days in Rocky Mountain National Park & Fort Collins Itinerary

8 days in Rocky Mountain National Park & Fort Collins Itinerary

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Fly to Denver, Bus to Grand Lake, CO, Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
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Fort Collins
— 4 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park

— 3 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Family-friendly places like Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Bear Lake, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, and stroll through Cub Lake Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park travel planner.

Newark to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight, bus, and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Rocky Mountain National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in August, Rocky Mountain National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Fort Collins

— 4 nights
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cache La Poudre River and Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Change things up with a short trip to Gateway Natural Area in Bellvue (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Annual Flower Trial Garden, trek along Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area, admire the masterpieces at Gregory Allicar Museum of Art at Colorado State University, and take an in-depth tour of Totally 80's Pizza & Museum.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Fort Collins trip builder site.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Fort Collins by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Fort Collins sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

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