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 Emerald Lake Trail will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Bear Lake, cruise along Old Fall River Road, take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip app.

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Rocky Mountain National Park. Traveling from Newark in August, Rocky Mountain National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive 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). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Annual Flower Trial Garden, walk around Spring Canyon Community Park, admire the majestic nature at Lory State Park, and take an in-depth tour of Totally 80's Pizza & Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fort Collins trip planner.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

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