7 Nights Front Range & Steamboat Springs
 
A whistle stop tour of Northern Colorado, focusing on the amazing Rocky Mountain National Park, mountains, rivers, hot springs and stunning scenery.
 
Days 1 & 2: Denver, CO
Welcome to the “Mile High City,” gateway to the spectacular Rocky Mountains! Denver is a vibrant city with 300 days of annual sunshine and the breathtaking Rocky Mountains in their backyard. See the Colorado State Capitol, modelled after the U.S. Capitol, with a step that is exactly one mile above sea level and spectacular views from the rotunda. The Denver Art Museum is itself a piece of sculpture. Nearby, the Colorado History Museum tells the colourful story of the gold miners, cowboys, sod busters, railroaders, soldiers and explorers who have called Colorado home. A block from the park is the U.S. Mint. This is the second largest storehouse of gold bullion in the U.S. and the spot where 10 billion coins are made each year. Stroll 16th Street Mall, with its outdoor cafes, shops, fountains, open plazas and parks.
2 nights Denver
Standard: Comfort Inn Downtown Denver
Select: Curtis Hotel, a Doubletree boutique property
 
Day 3 & 4: To Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO (70 miles)
The drive from Denver to Estes Park takes approx 90 mins however you may want to go slightly off track and make stops at historic Georgetown, Colorado’s most well-preserved mining towns approx 40 miles west of Denver and from there take highway 119 north along the foothills to the town of Boulder one of only three remaining Chautauqua’s in the United States, it first opened in 1898. You can experience this national historic landmark by hiking the area, attending musical performances, or participating in arts and cultural programming—and make sure to eat at the historic dining hall. For a more radical view of Boulder, hike the Flatirons. If you want a relaxed Boulder experience, shop unique stores and try the fantastic restaurants on Pearl Street.
Approx 30 miles on from Boulder you reach Estes Park at 7,522 feet and surrounded by mountain peaks, Estes Park is a complete destination village at the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.   This alpine town is a sea of green in the spring and summer months. Autumn is equally stunning, transforming the area with a blitz of golden leaves. Take a walk down Elkhorn Avenue any time of year, and hop from shop to shop to find treasures to take home. Visit Estes Park in the fall for a one-of-a-kind experience. You can observe hundreds of bull elk descend among this quiet mountain town, bugling as they vie for the attention of the females. 
Rocky Mountain National park - Be sure to stop by the ranger station for maps and additional information. Elk, mule deer, black bear, foxes and a wealth of other critters are also inhabitants of the park. Visitors may even see Colorado’s state mammal, the bighorn sheep—especially during the fall mating season. The park itself is the most visited in the state and takes you through the serrated granite cliffs of the dramatic Rockies and high-altitude tundra, where low-lying scrub brush and lichen-covered rocks are the most common sights.
Grand Lake - The Town of Grand Lake awaits you at the western portal to Rocky Mountain National Park. The town is aptly named, as it sits near a large, high-altitude lake. Grand Lake is a popular waypoint for outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. 
Each summer, the town hosts the Grand Lake Regatta and Lipton Cup Races, where local yachtsmen take to their crafts for one of the highest altitude regattas in the United States. 
Situated approx 40 miles north east of Estes Park and tucked between the plains and the mountains is Fort Collins, the last city on Interstate 25 north before you hit the Wyoming border and has plenty to offer on its own. 
Though there was a fort here in the 1860s, it was more of a trading post where American Indians and traders met on the banks of the Cache la Poudre River (French for "hide the powder"), for the most part in friendly fashion. While its name suggests otherwise, there's never really been a strong military presence here.  Be sure to visit the Old Town Historic District, with its fine bookstores, galleries and shops. Other historic must-sees include the Fort Collins Museum and Avery House a stately Victorian home, as well as a self-guided historic walking tour of downtown. You can even ride an old trolley. 
Because Fort Collins is also home to Colorado State University it has all the liveliness and bustle of a college town. Good restaurants, brewpubs, nightlife and culture abound. There's always something going on. 
Anheuser-Busch has a major Budweiser beer brewing operation here, with free tours (and samples) for guests and a peek at the world-famous Clydesdale horses. Fort Collins is also one of Colorado's major craft-brewing hubs, featuring New Belgium Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Company and Fort Collins Brewery, all of which offer tours of their operations.
2 nights Estes Park, CO
Standard: Alpine Trail Ridge Inn
Select: Holiday Inn of the Rockies
 
Days 5 & 6: To Steamboat Springs, CO (140 miles)
A perfect location to explore mountains, rivers, lakes and National forest that surround this stunning area. Think skiers in cowboy hats and you'll have a pretty good mental picture of Steamboat Springs in north-western Colorado. Yes, there's world-renowned skiing here, but with an undercurrent of cowboy culture. The wide-open Yampa Valley brought cattle ranchers here in the 1800s, and the town's signature store still sells Western wear.
Like many of Colorado's most attractive towns, Steamboat Springs has great hot springs. The hot springs in Steamboat are down an adventurous drive north of town that brings you to a riverside canyon in one of the most perfect soaking settings imaginable. 
In fact, the town got its name from its famed water works. Fur trappers who visited the area in the late 1800s heard the bubbling sound of one of the local hot springs and thought it sounded like a steamboat coming down the Yampa River. 
Favourite outdoor activities among visitors are a hike to scenic Fish Creek Falls, followed by a mountain-bike ride or hike through the surrounding parks and forests. On cool summer nights, everyone goes to strings music festival a summer concert series, or to the rodeo, which draws the future stars of the rodeo circuit. 
Steamboat is known, also, for its long-standing Western heritage — with a more than 100-year-old summer rodeo — and deep-seated ski heritage. The town is home to two ski areas: Steamboat Ski Resort and Howelsen Hill, the oldest ski area in continuous use in the state of Colorado, as well as nearly 90 Winter Olympians who call the area home.  
2 nights Steamboat Springs, CO
Standard: Comfort Inn Steamboat Springs
Select: Steamboat Grand Hotel
 
Days 7: Glenwood Springs, CO (115 miles)
Today start your journey early so you can take a leisurely drive through the stunning Rocky Mountains making stops along the way to make the most of the views and places of interest like Lake Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs, Gore pass and White River before arriving at the confluence of the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers, the historic resort town of Glenwood Springs is famed for its Glenwood Hot Springs, thrilling rides at Glenwood Caverns adventure park, snow sports at sunlight Mountain Resort, world-class fishing and rafting and miles of scenic paved recreation paths.
The Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, established in 1888, is the world’s largest outdoor mineral pool, famous for its healing thermal waters and its size — it's more than two city blocks long. At the nearby Yampah Spa & Vapour Caves, you can soothe away muscle aches in underground caverns — a natural geothermal steam bath — just like the Ute Indians did centuries ago. Or take a 10-minute tram ride up to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park where you can view amazing crystalline formations on a tour of its mountain caves. Gentle activities here include panning for gemstones, while adrenaline-junkies love the giant swing that launches riders 1,300 feet over the Colorado River.
No matter what your sport — hiking, biking, golfing, white water rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, paragliding or fly-fishing — you can enjoy it in Glenwood Springs. One favourite in-town hike brings you to the memorial of famous gunslinger Doc Holliday; history buffs also enjoy the Hotel Colorado, where Teddy Roosevelt once stayed.
A distinctive downtown and the Glenwood Meadows offer diverse shopping. Massage and spa treatments are a great way to relax at the end of a day of activity in Glenwood Springs. Dining options at more than 60 area restaurants and bars include casual brewpubs, Cajun cuisine, traditional steak houses, French restaurants, authentic Mexican and Latin dishes, and more.
1 night Glenwood Springs, CO
Standard: Best Western Antlers
Select: Hotel Colorado
 
Day 8: To Denver (160 miles)
Time to travel back to Denver airport to catch the flight home, along the way be sure to stop in Vail, established less than 50 years ago, saying this small town has grown rapidly in popularity is quite an understatement.  World-famous skiing and a high celebrity quotient have put it on the map for many travellers. Located in the heart of the Vail Valley, in the Colorado Rockies, it's a town created by and for skiing.  In the summer the area is just as stunning, with outside cafes perfect for a coffee whilst people watching.
 
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Pre, post or extra nights: Pre, post & extra nights within the itinerary can be added to this tour, please let us know at time of booking if you would like to extend your stay anywhere and we will be happy to quote the extra nights.
 
Documentation/joining instructions: A prepaid voucher for your first hotel stay will be issued to you prior to travel, your self-drive guidebook with all other documents, driving directions & maps etc will then be waiting for your collection on check in at the first hotel.
 
Included in the tour:
Accommodation
All hotel taxes
Driving Directions
 
Not included in this tour:
Meals
Overnight parking charges if applicable
Flights – Please contact us to arrange flights direct into Denver with our airline partner British Airways.
Car Hire - Please contact us to arrange car hire with our rental partner Alamo rent a car at very competitive rates.
 
Prices:
All rates quoted below are per adult per package in Great British Pounds and include all taxes.
Up to two children under 11 can stay free when sharing the same room with two adults.
Accommodations are offered on two quality levels: “standard” indicates good, moderate accommodation with several facilities, possibly a dining room and sometimes a swimming pool. “Select” indicates a more superior accommodation in great locations, with extended facilities including a dining room and usually a swimming pool. All rooms on both level offer en-suite private facilities.
 
Standard Hotels
 
Tour departs everyday
Single
Double
Triple
Quad
01 Jun – 01 Oct 2018
£785
£409
£284
£220
Select Hotels
 
Tour departs everyday
Single
Double
Triple
Quad
01 Jun – 01 Oct 2018
£1142
£572
£383
£316
 
To book this tour along with flights, car hire and extra nights or if you have any questions please call us on 0844 80 444 80 we are open 7 days a week until late.




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