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  • Estes Park

    Estes Park, Colorado is the base camp for amazing year round adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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    • Winter in the Village

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    In summer take in the spirit of Estes Park with a stroll through the enchanted village with stunning high peak views or along the downtown Riverwalk with beautiful flowers and waterfalls.

    Hike, bike or horseback ride some of the magnifient trails – there are more than 300 miles of trails to chose from. If you are looking for a less energetic way of admiring the region, opt for the estes Park Aerial Tram which whisks you above the treetops to the summit of Prospect Mountain.

    At the Lake Estes Marina, visitors can rent canoes, lake kayaks, motorized fishing boats, pontoon boats and paddle boats. With the Big Thompson River running through the village, Estes Park is a mountain anglers dream.

    Enjoy a round of golf, or plunge into the Poudre or Colorado river for a thrilling afternoon of whitewater rafting and if you need more adrenaline try your art of rock climbing and mountaineering.

    In winter head for the slopes for back country skiing or split boarding. Discover winter hiking with snow shoes or sledding and tubing.

    In downtown Estes Park you will find over 200 retailers, restaurants and attractions. You never know you may even bump into an elk wandering through town. Visitors are as likely to run into an elk as one of the many artists who find inspiration here.

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    • Top Tip 1

      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.

    • Top Tip 2

      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.

    • Top Tip 4

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

    • Top Tip 5

      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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  • 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
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    • Mountain Biking

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    • Colorado

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    • Capitol Building

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    Day 01

    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

    Day 02

    Denver

    Enjoy a whole day exploring the delights of Denver. This is a wonderfully cosmopolitan city with a myriad of attractions including Larimer Square, Denver Zoo and the U.S. Mint to keep you entertained.

    Hotel: The Curtis, a DoubleTree by Hilton

    70Mi/113Km

    Day 03

    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: Rocky Mountain Park Inn

    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 Sebastian

    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: The Little Nell

    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: The Broadmoor

    89Mi/143Km

    Day 14

    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 £2650 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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    Your fly drive includes

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

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    • Rock Springs

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    • Cheyenne

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    • Buffalo

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    Day 01

    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

    Day 02

    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

    Day 03

    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

    Day 04

    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

    Day 05

    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

    Day 06

    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

    Day 07

    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

    Day 08

    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

    Day 09

    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

    Day 10

    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

    Day 11

    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

    Day 12

    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

    Day 13

    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

    Day 14

    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: Rocky Mountain Park Inn

    75Mi/121Km

    Day 15

    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 £2899 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. 

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