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  • Denver

    Denver, Colorado, The Mile High City, is the gateway to the West. Experience this walkable, outdoor city with 300 days of sunshine and spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, farm-to-table cuisine, diverse neighborhoods and plenty of shopping.

    • 16th Street Mall

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    • Coors Field

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    • Denver Larimer Square with Colorado flags

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    • Denver Art Museum

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    • Beer at The Blue Moon Brewery

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    • Denver Skyline

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    • Denver Bikes

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    • Rocky Mountain National Park

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    • Denver Blue Bear Public Art

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    • Rockmount Ranch Wear Store

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    Cradled at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Denver, an outdoor city enjoying 300 days of sunshine per year, is becoming well known for its ever-growing number of cultural, dining and entertainment options, offering the type of amenities normally expected from much larger cities. Denver, known as The Mile High City, offers the visitor the perfect blend of urban sophistication and outdoor activity. A city of neighbourhoods each with its own charm. It is easy to see why people fall in love with Denver.

    Denver is a city of many cultures with a colourful history and there is no shortage of things to do. Visits to museums where you can trace the background of this centre of entertainment for the roughnecks in the gold rush days to modern day attractions such as the zoo, the world-class aquarium or the amusement park there is a wide spectrum of choice whatever your taste.

    Visit the historic district of LoDo where there are numerous brewpubs and micro-breweries as well as fine dining opportunities. Enjoy the Cherry Creek neighbourhood; explore the area's boutiques, galleries and restaurants, just 15 minutes from downtown. Alternatively spend a blissful afternoon being pampered in a state of the art spa, or enjoy a round of golf on one of Denver’s dramatic golf courses with lush green fairways.

    Why not cycle through the city – a great way to explore the multitude of attractions whilst enjoying the great outdoors. Denver also boasts 200 parks within the city and 20,000 acres of parks in the nearby mountains, all great places for enjoying the open air – and Denver loves sport, fielding eight professional sports teams. Perhaps the most famous of these if the Denver Broncos, on of American Footballs most successful teams.

    Denver also has a rich history with beer and brewing, with Coors and Blue Moon, two of the international brands both founded and still brewed in Denver. No trip to Denver is complete without taking a Brewery tour and visiting not only the big, well known breweries, but some of the hundreds of micro-breweries which now call Denver home.

    When visiting Colorado, Denver is a must, a modern cosmopolitan city, a contrast to the mountains and national parks and well worth including in your itinerary.

    TEN REASONS TO VISIT DENVER

    1. Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

    Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is famous for its one-of-a-kind outdoor concert venue that is surrounded by giant, ancient rock formations. During the day, Red Rocks is a free city park with easy hiking trails and a visitor center that includes a Performers' Hall of Fame.  Legendary musicians like The Beatles (1964) and U2 (1983) have performed here, and today, the summer concert series from May through September presents the best artists in jazz, rock, pop, bluegrass and more. Seeing a concert under the stars is a magical experience. Red Rocks Park is located 30 minutes west of downtown Denver.

    2. Denver Union Station

    Downtown Denver's Union Station has undergone a massive restoration and redevelopment that has transformed the landmark into a transportation, dining, shopping and entertainment hub, all centered around the Crawford Hotel.  The station is a fun gathering place for locals and visitors - eat a breakfast burrito at Snooze, sip a beer at the Terminal Bar, sample the locally sourced cuisine at one of the unique restaurants, shop a bit or have a hand-mixed cocktail at Cooper Lounge.  Direct rail service connects Denver International Airport to this landmark in the heart of downtown. The 37-minute trip costs just $9 each way.

    3. Denver Beer Trail

    Take a self-guided tour along the Denver Beer Trail and sample the craft beer paradise in The Mile High City.  Explore the featured breweries, most of which are in the walkable downtown area, and you will find everything from Stouts to Lagers and all the flavors in between. Denver's craft beer culture is thriving and creative.

    4. Rockmount Ranch Wear

    Rockmount Ranch Wear is the historic shop in downtown Denver where a true Western icon, Jack A. Weil (1901 - 2008), invented the first cowboy shirt with snaps instead of traditional buttons and helped popularize Western wear as legitimate American fashion.  Many of the Rockmount designs are worn by movie stars and music legends, all with the signature design of diamond snaps and sawtooth pockets. The grandson of “Papa Jack” Weil, Steve Weil, continues the traditions today, and the store is located in the heart of downtown at 1626 Wazee Street.

    5. Larimer Square

    Historic Larimer Square is Denver's oldest city block, home to the first saloons and businesses in The Mile High City. Today, the Victorian buildings have been transformed into shops, wine bars and the hottest, chef-owned restaurants. Look for the sparkling lights strung across the street, relax at an outdoor cafe or bar, taste the best of cuisine created by local chefs or find unique clothing and accessories in the boutiques. 

    6. Denver Art Museum

    The Denver Art Museum is home to a famous collection of American Indian art. Explore the bold contemporary art inside and out of the new Frederic C. Hamilton building, designed by world-famous architect Daniel Libeskind. The museum, located in downtown’s Golden Triangle Museum District, also offers free general admission on the first Saturday of every month and is free for kids under 18 at all times. The Golden Triangle is also home to galleries, fine-art studios, specialty stores and eight museums including Clyfford Still Museum and the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

    7. History Colorado Center

    Denver's History Colorado Center features exhibits and programs that tell the stories of Colorado and engage visitors in the past, present and future of the Rocky Mountain West.  Enjoy interactive exhibits like a virtual ride in a real Ford Model T, test your skills on a ski-jump simulator or set off dynamite in an 1880s hard-rock mine.

    8. B-cycle to Neighborhoods – RiNo, Art District on Santa Fe and more!

    Explore The Mile High City using B-cycle, Denver’s pioneering bike-sharing program ($9 for a 24-hour membership) and pedal your way through Denver's creative art districts that surround the city center. Discover the River North Art District (RiNo), which is rapidly becoming the hotspot for artists, foodies and designers. While retaining its industrial character, RiNo offers colorful street art murals and art galleries, plenty of cafes, brewpubs and innovative restaurants. Visit the Highlands neighborhood, just north of downtown or the Art District on Santa Fe, which is home to more than 100 galleries, artist studios and creative businesses. Denver’s art districts also celebrate the first Friday of each month with art walks where galleries are open late.

    9. Cherry Creek

    Cherry Creek Shopping Center is home to more than 160 restaurants and stores including Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Abercrombie & Fitch, Levi’s, Michael Kors and Hugo Boss. Visit the guest services desk and ask for your “Passport to Shopping” offering discounts for more than 60 stores and restaurants.  Head across 1st Avenue to find the charming, tree-lined streets of the Cherry Creek North neighborhood. Here you can explore galleries, boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, spas and more. Cherry Creek is located just 15 minutes southeast of downtown.

    10. Mile High Culture Pass

    The Mile High Culture Pass provides 3-day access to seven of the top Denver attractions for $30. Attractions include the Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Zoo and more. Stroll through the lush oasis of Denver Botanic Gardens; explore the life and work of the abstract expressionist Clyfford Still, considered one of the most influential painters of the 20th century; or, experience the Denver Museum of Nature & Science where you can get as close to a T-Rex dinosaur as you dare. The Mile High Culture Pass offers additional discounts for the B-cycle bike-sharing program and attractions like the Molly Brown House Museum, home of Titanic heroine, the unsinkable Margaret "Molly" Brown. 

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      Even if you're not a skier, take a gondola ride to the top of Beaver Creek Mountain at any time of year. The views will take your breath away.

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      Take the Durango - Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, but just do it one way (and take the motorcoach back the other way). The train journey takes around four hours and the coach journey back is just over an hour.

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      Another one for train buffs is the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad which travels between Antonito in southern Colorado and Chama in northern New Mexico.

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      Visit the Four Corners, where you can have a foot and hand in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona - all at the same time.

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      If you're in western Colorado make sure you visit Black Canyon at the Gunnison National Monument. It’s a hidden gem and well worth a visit.

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      Looking for somewhere to have lunch in Denver? Check out Marlowe's Restaurant; it’s a deservedly popular spot with the locals for both lunch and dinner.

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      Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, just 15 miles west of Denver, is a world famous outdoor venue, with excellent hiking and biking trails as well as the only naturally-occurring, acoustically-perfect amphitheatre in the world.

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      Visit Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction, voted one of the ten best places for solitude in the US. Include the 23-mile scenic Rim Rock Drive in your itinerary. If you're going to hike in the area, be aware that midges can be a nuisance from mid May to mid July, so take some repellent. Click here to view a live webcam from the Colorado National Monument's Visitor Centre

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  • Luxury Colorado

    Begins in and ends in Denver, Colorado

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Return trip scheduled flights 
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Aspen Bells, Aspen

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    • Downtown Vail

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    • Denver Art Museum

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    • Garden of the Gods

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    • The Little Nell

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    • The Broadmoor

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    • The Sebastian

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    Arrive Denver

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Denver International Airport. Upon arrival in Denver, collect your rental car and transfer to the Four Seasons Hotel located in downtown Denver.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Denver

    71Mi/114Km

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    Colorado Springs

    Today you depart Denver and take the short journey south to Colorado Springs. A mountain resort town, Colorado Springs has everything from rock climbing to hiking, however the most popular attraction is Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Enjoy the 3 hour, 9 mile journey which follows cascading streams and travels through pine forests until you move above the timberline where the scenery becomes rugged but no less spectacular. Your accommodation for the next 3 nights is the luxurious Broadmoor.

    Hotel: The Broadmoor

    156Mi/251Km

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    Aspen

    Your journey through the Rockies and this stunning area of Colorado continues today as you leave Colorado Springs behind and head to the beautiful town of Aspen. A world famous ski resort in the winter, the resort becomes an adventurers playground in the summer. Hike one of the many trails of the area or head out on a bike along one of the mountain roads. Should you fancy to just kick back and relax, take time to visit the spa at your accommodation, The Little Nell.

    Hotel: The Little Nell

    102Mi/164Km

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    Vail

    Depart Aspen today and travel west through the charming town of Glenwood Springs. Make time to stop off here for lunch on your journey or perhaps pack your swimming stuff and enjoy one of the towns hot springs. Continue your journey then to Vail, where you will spend the next 3 nights at the Sebastian. The uber luxurious resort is the perfect place to unwind in the mountains, with an excellent spa, mountain view pool and hot tubs aplenty.

    Hotel: The Sebastian

    97Mi/156Km

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    Journey Home

    Today, you will return your rental car to Denver International Airport, and journey home on your selected scheduled flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3410 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Rocky Mountain Discovery

    Begins in and ends in Denver, Colorado

    14 Days / 13 Nights

    Departures: April to September

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • A wildflower hike near Vail

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    • A resident herd of elk in Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park

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    • Denver Skyline

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    • Vail

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    • Estes Park

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    • Mountain Biking

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    • Denver-Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

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    • Denver Art Museum

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    • Speciality shops in downtown Aspen

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    • Explore the Denver Beer Trail

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    Arrive Denver

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Denver. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel, ideally located for sightseeing and shopping in downtown Denver.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton

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    Denver

    Enjoy a whole day exploring the delights of Denver. Experience this walkable city with spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains, outdoor cafes, farm-to-table cuisine, local breweries serving craft beer and plenty of shopping. Explore Denver's creative side at the Denver Art Museum, with its famous American Indian art collection or see a concert under the stars at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton

    70Mi/113Km

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    Estes Park

    Today leave the bright lights of Denver behind and make a stop at the colourful city of Boulder, before arriving in Estes Park. Sitting on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park you will find yourself surrounded by breath-taking views of colourful wildflowers, clear lakes and abundant wildlife.

    Hotel: Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park

    139Mi/224Km

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    Steamboat Springs

    It's just a short but wonderfully scenic drive through Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, it offers awe-inspiring views across towering mountain peaks and deep forest floors, tempting you to hike or bike the rugged terrain. The less energetic may choose to simply relax in the town's natural mineral hot springs.

    Hotel: Sheraton Steamboat Resort

    92Mi/148Km

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    Vail

    It's a short journey today to the attractive alpine village of Vail. Famous for its world-class skiing, Vail is an area of numerous possibilities. There's plenty of outdoor adventures to keep you busy, from hiking and biking to white water rafting, climbing and jeep adventures. We suggest a visit to Beaver Creek which is just ten miles away.

    Hotel: The Lodge at Vail

    146Mi/235Km

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    Grand Junction

    Venturing towards the far east of the state, today's destination is Grand Junction; Colorado's wine country. Enjoy the charming downtown with great shops and restaurants and more than 20 wineries. Visit the Colorado National Monument, where towering monoliths and fascinating sculptures dot the vast red-rock canyon landscape. Watch for the bobcats and mountain lions which prowl the area! Ride the range at Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Area; 36,000 acres of rugged canyons and plateaus located just eight miles from Grand Junction. If you have a fascination for dinosaurs, this is the place for you. Hundreds of species have been unearthed here and there are many museums and attractions dedicated to the magnificent creatures.

    Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Grand Junction

    130Mi/210Km

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    Aspen

    Your journey today takes you through the San Juan National Forest to the chic town of Aspen, renowned for its relaxed pace life and upscale shopping and restaurants. Enjoy the mountain lifestyle whilst keeping a watch for the occasional celebrity! If you have additional time to spend in Colorado, you may wish to extend your trip to include Durango, an old Wild West and silver mining town 170 miles to the south. Renowned for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, which was constructed in 1882 to haul silver and gold from the San Juan Mountains, you can journey the same lines today, experiencing the spectacular canyons.

    Hotel: Limelight Hotel

    157Mi/253Km

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    Colorado Springs

    Leaving Aspen behind, today you weave through the Rockies, along Independence Pass and alongside Mount Elbut, Colorado’s highest point, to Colorado Springs. The Broadmoor, where you spend the next two nights, offers a wide range of outdoor pursuits to keep you entertained. Make sure you include a visit to the United States Air Force Academy during your stay, in addition to spending time at the Garden of the Gods, where towering sandstone rock formations contrast against the snow-capped mountains at Pikes Peak.

    Hotel: Cheyenne Mountain Resort

    89Mi/143Km

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    Journey home

    From Colorado Springs, it's a short drive north back to Denver, where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2495 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    The Wonders of Wyoming

    Begins in and ends in Denver, Colorado

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: May to September

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    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Wyoming

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    • Saratoga

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    • Horses

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    • Rock Springs

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    • Cheyenne

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    • Buffalo

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    Day
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    Arrive Denver

    Depart the UK on your scheduled flight to Denver. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton

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    Denver

    Today you are free to explore the ‘Mile High City’ of Denver. You may choose to take the U.S. Mint tour, visit the Molly Brown House Museum or experience the wide choice of shopping options.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton

    100Mi/161Km

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    Cheyenne

    This morning you will take Route 25 north to begin your adventure. Stop off for lunch at Fort Collins and perhaps make a final stop at the Terry Bison Ranch before arrival in Cheyenne.

    Hotel: Nagle Warren Mansion

    147Mi/237Km

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    Fort Laramie & Lusk

    Today will take you on an historical journey to Fort Laramie: once a western gateway for some 350,000 pioneers who crossed the Oregon Trail, now a restored site with park rangers in period costume. Mid afternoon, continue your drive to the small town of Lusk.

    Hotel: Best Western Pioneer, Lusk

    149Mi/240km

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    Rapid City

    Today head across the border into South Dakota. This scenic drive will bring you through Custer State Park to the magnificent site of Mount Rushmore and on to Rapid City.

    Hotel: The Rushmore Hotel, Rapid City

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    Rapid City

    This morning, we suggest you take the 95 mile drive to Badlands National Park to view the striking sight of spires and gorges.

    Hotel: The Rushmore Hotel, Rapid City

    224Mi/360Km

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    Clearmont

    Today will take you back into Wyoming, but not before a brief stop at the historic town of Deadwood. Once across the state line, you will venture into the Black Hills National Forest, home to eerie Devils Tower.

    Hotel: Ranch at Ucross

    178Mi/286Km

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    Cody

    Today, why not take a horseback ride, play tennis or relax by the pool at this great ranch before venturing through the Bighorn National Forest to Cody? Once in Cody visit the Old Trail Town, an authentic recreation of the 1890’s Old West.

    Hotel: Best Western Premier Ivy Inn

    77Mi/124Km

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    Yellowstone National Park

    This morning visit the Buffalo Bill Historic Centre, housing memorabilia of the showman William ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody. It’s a short drive from here to the pretty Lake Yellowstone area of Yellowstone.

    Hotel: Lake Yellowstone Hotel

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    Yellowstone National Park

    Today is yours to explore this magical National Park. Take a boat on Lake Yellowstone, drive up to Mammoth Hot Springs or try the Geyser hike. Watch out for the buffalo roaming freely!

    Hotel: Lake Yellowstone Hotel

    98Mi/158Km

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    Jackson

    A short drive today brings you through Grand Teton National Park, home to both bear and moose, and on to the picturesque town of Jackson.

    Hotel: Rustic Inn Creekside Resort

    180Mi/290Km

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    Rock Springs

    An early start today as you set out through Teton National Forest to the towns of Dubois and Lander. Enjoy a leisurely drive to the quaint city of Rock Springs, where you spend the evening.

    Hotel: Hampton Inn Rock Springs

    155Mi/250Km

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    Saratoga

    You may wish to take a trip to the Flaming Gorge before driving to Saratoga. Your hotel is home to some of the area’s natural hot springs, so take some time to relax in the hot pools.

    Hotel: Saratoga Hot Springs Resort

    230Mi/370Km

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    Estes Park

    Today, enjoy your leisurely drive into Colorado, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Medicine Bow Mountains. Then drive on to Estes Park, where you will spend your last night.

    Hotel: Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park

    75Mi/121Km

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    Journey home

    Spend your last morning relaxing before your short drive back to Denver, where you will return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2465 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. Due to the nature of the locations featured, certain hotels are tourist class only. Park admission fees are not included. 

  • Denver Sports Break

    Denver, Colorado

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    • Sports Authority Field, Home of the Denver Broncos

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    • Blue Moon Brewery

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    • Denver Art Museum

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    • The Curtis, a Doubletree by Hilton

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    Includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Tickets to Denver Broncos vs Cincinnati Bengals American Football game
    • Denver Mile High Culture Passes (admission to various attractions)

    Duration: 4 days/3 Nights

    Day 1 Arrive Denver

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Denver International Airport. Upon arrival, transfer independently to The Curtis, a Doubletree by Hilton hotel and check in for the next 3 nights.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a Doubletree by Hilton

    Days 2 & 3 Denver

    Spend your first full day in Denver getting your bearings and exploring the city using your Denver Mile High Culture Pass. Your pass includes admission to a variety of Denver's best attractions such as Denver Zoo, Denver Art Museum and Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Perhaps take a self-guided tour along the Denver Beer Trail and sample the creative breweries in The Mile High City, including Blue Moon Brewing Company. On Sunday, its game time at the Mile High Stadium as the world famous Denver Broncos take on the Cincinnati Bengals. Experience the action of a regular season NFL american football game and ensure you get there early to take part in the pregame tailgate party.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a Doubletree by Hilton

    Day 4 Journey Home

    Spend the morning doing some last minute souvenir shopping, before transferring independently to Denver International Airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £950 per person, based on two sharing a Standard room. Other room categories are available on request.

    Denver Mile High Culture Pass

    Denver, Colorado

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    • Denver Art Museum

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    • Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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    Explore some of Denver's best attractions with the Denver Mile High Culture Pass! Valid for 3 days at over 5 different attractions, the pass gives you admission into some of the most popular tourist spots in the city. See the list of participating attractions below:

    Participating Attractions

    • Clyfford Still Museum
    • Denver Zoo
    • Denver Art Museum
    • Denver Botanical Gardens
    • History Colorado Centre
    • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
    Prices

    From £30 per person.