We are visiting Denver for the 1st time from South FL.
32m 29f couple. We have 2 full days to spend in Denver area Dec. 11th & 12th before heading out to Vail (13th) for 4 days ski then returning on the 17th.
We are interested in Craft Beers & Hiking for our time in Denver. (staying at Best Western Plus East of Downtown). We'd like to visit New Belgium Brewery tour & Odells (Fort Collins), Oskar Blues Grill & Avery.
considering 2 options below. keep in mind that we are new to denver. not used to driving in mountains/winter.
1. start with New Belgium (11 am tour)/Odells first then via 34 still visit the Estes Park (Bear Lake) then via 36 to Oskar Blues to Lyons/Longmont. is this too much to fit in? perhaps not enough time in RMNP? or
2. start with RMNP first? Denver to Peak to Peak Byway (PTPB) visiting Wild Basin, Lily Lake on the way to Estes Park then to Bear Lake area. Can we still get to Fort Collins via 34 by 4/5 pm?
We plan to visit Boulder Area & Downtown area the next day. Avery, Great Divide Brewing is on our list. please recommand other must visit brewpubs. TY