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Itinerary help and hotel suggestions

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Itinerary help and hotel suggestions

Arriving in Denver on Tuesday 4/22 by lunch and departing Saturday 4/26 late afternoon. Will have 3 full days in between the half days when we arrive and depart. This is a mother /daughter trip (she is 25) to visit my son/her brother. We have visited the Colorado Springs area when he was in school there so we don't need to head in that direction. I have been to both Denver and Boulder, but she has not. Would like to mix a combination of shopping, breweries (my son works at one so he will be in charge of that portion of the trip!), and outdoor activities. We will have a rental car to drive wherever from our hotel in Boulder. We are considering the following so far:

Denver Botanic Gardens

Rocky Mountain National Park

Pearl Street

Maybe a Rockies game on 4/23

Chautauqua Park


Any suggestions of additional areas/attractions we should consider?

Second question is regarding where to stay. We don't want to spend a ridiculous amount of $ just to sleep. I am considering either Best Western Plus, Hampton Inn Boulder North or Quality Inn Boulder Creek. All provide breakfast and are in the $130-$140 per night range. Thoughts?


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1. Re: Itinerary help and hotel suggestions

Having never stayed at any of those properties I would check the reviews here on Trip Advisor. The Quality Inn rates well and it is within walking distance to downtown/Pearl Street. tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g33324-d85030-R…

Here is a list of top things to do in Boulder: bouldercoloradousa.com/visitor/…

You might consult the Boulder events calendar to see what's going on when you are here: bouldercoloradousa.com/things-to-do/events/…

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2. Re: Itinerary help and hotel suggestions

If you are planning to hike, here's a list of trails from the Chautauqua Park Trailhead:


Bear Peak via The Mesa Trail and Bear Canyon - 12.7 miles roundtrip - Dogs Allowed

Flatiron #1 - 2.9 miles roundtrip - Dogs Allowed

Flatiron Loop Trail - 2.1 miles roundtrip - Dogs Allowed

Green Mountain Loop - 8.75 miles roundtrip - Dogs Allowed

Mallory Cave - 5.4 miles roundtrip - Dogs Allowed

McClintock - Enchanted Mesa Loop - 2.05 miles roundtrip - No Dogs Allowed

Royal Arch - 3.2 miles roundtrip - Dogs Allowed

The Mesa Trail - 13.4 miles roundtrip - Dogs Allowed

The weather toward the end of April can be a mixed bag. It's spring but it could still snow. More likely will be in the 60s maybe even 70s in Boulder. Because of potentially muddy conditions due to a snowy year, I did not recommend any hiking trails in the foothills or high country.

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3. Re: Itinerary help and hotel suggestions

You can easily spend a day in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. April is a great time to see wildlife - elk, deer, bighorn sheep and maybe a moose. Head up Boulder Canyon and the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway to Estes Park and RMNP. Take highway 7 down very pretty and colorful South St. Vrain Canyon to Lyons and back to Boulder for the return trip. Bear Lake in RMNP has been getting tons of snow. There is over 6 feet on the ground now. Rent snowshoes from Estes Park Mountain Shop or Warming House and take a walk. Other easy (less than a mile round trip) walks or snowshoe trails are Lily Lake and Sprague Lake. Upper Beaver Meadows Road is usually still closed to traffic in late April (depends on snow) and is a pleasant walk with really nice views.

In Estes Park, book a tour of the ghostly and historic Stanley Hotel, try a wine tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery and browse the stores along the Riverwalk.

Here is a google map link for a scenic driving tour for RMNP in winter and spring.


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