The promise of adventure awaits during your sightseers’ journey to Estes Park! This city is full of nature’s wonders and no shortage of sights to see. Breathtaking views and outdoor adventures create the perfect blend of thrill and tranquility. Picture the scene on your three-day sightseeing journey in Estes Park. Here’s a detailed plan to make the most of this enchanting destination.
Day 1 – Arrival and Exploration
Estes Park welcomes you with open arms. You’ve just arrived and you’re making your way to your cozy Estes Park cabin with mountain views. You were able to find a spacious, luxury cabin in the mountains with the professional vacation rental team at Voyago, who found you the perfect accommodations for your sightseeing journey. Spacious layouts, luxury features, high-end furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows captivate you. You spend a few moments exploring your cabin before hunger hits.
Even though you can whip up your favorite homemade breakfast in the full gourmet kitchen of your cabin, you decide to get out and sample some grub in Estes Park. A visit to the Egg of Estes is in order. It’s been dubbed the destination for the best breakfast in Estes Park. One garden frittata and an iced cold brew later and you’re ready to take on the day!
First stop is to charming downtown Estes Park to browse unique shops and art galleries. As you wander through its lively streets, you’re greeted by an array of unique shops and local boutiques. You have to stop by Estes Park Mountain Shop to check out their hiking gear and apparel, for purchase and rental, perfect for all your outdoor escapades. Make your way over to Trendz at the Park to explore souvenirs, art from local artists, and home decor.
All that shopping is bound to stir up your appetite. Enjoy lunch at Claire’s Restaurant and Bar, known for its traditional American dishes. Go for the BBB Burger, which is a patty topped with bourbon bacon onion jam and cheddar cheese on a toasted brioche bun!
After lunch, spend some time relaxing by Lake Estes. Here you can rent paddle boats or simply enjoy the scenery. Soon it’s time for more authentic Colorado cuisine with dinner at The Twin Owls Steakhouse. Choose from steak, wild game, seafood and more!
End day 1 with stargazing, taking advantage of Estes Park’s clear night skies before heading home to your cabin for a good night’s rest.
Day 2 – Rocky Mountain National Park
Rise early for sunrise viewing! Head to a viewpoint in Rocky Mountain National Park for a spectacular sunrise. Hop on the Sprague Lake Loop Trail for stunning views of the sunrise, as it casts a golden glow on the granite mountains and lake.
Today you came prepared since you’ll be spending most of your day in the park. Enjoy a pre-packed breakfast amidst the tall trees and alpine lakes.
Explore trails like Bear Lake or Emerald Lake Trail, showcasing stunning views and wildlife sightings. The Bear Lake trail is a ½ mile loop around Bear Lake. Emerald Lake Trail leads you to its namesake which offers views of Hallett Peak, Tyndall Glacier, and the Flattop Mountains. If you find yourself up for more of a challenge, take the trail to Odessa Gorge. This 9-mile roundtrip hike takes you from Bear Lake to the Odessa Gorge canyon, featuring more alpine lakes along the way. Fuel up with a picnic lunch along the way to keep you going. It’s a hearty and strenuous hike!
After a good rejuvenating day of hiking, head back to your cabin to freshen up before dinner at a local favorite: Rock Inn Mountain Tavern. This restaurant is known for its cozy ambiance, live music, wood-burning stoves, and good food.
Day 3 – Learning and Leaving
After sleeping in a bit after such a full day of hiking, you venture out of your cabin for breakfast at the Big Horn Restaurant. Choose from their selection of ‘Top-of-the-Morning Specials’ like homemade biscuits and sausage gravy or a golden-brown waffle with eggs and bacon!
Walk off breakfast by stopping in at the Estes Park Museum to learn about the area’s history and culture. Here you’ll see exhibits and artifacts that preserve, share, and respect the history of Estes Park.
After learning the origin story of Estes Park, enjoy a casual lunch at Notchtop Bakery & Café. This café focuses on offering meals made with fresh, local, and organic ingredients! Opt for the Longs Peak Turkey Club to keep you full and happy as you fit in some more exploration.
Take a relaxing walk on the Riverwalk in Downtown. Bask in the sights and sounds of this magnificent place until the next time you can visit again. You’ll leave Estes Park with a full heart and happy belly after all the memories made and delicious food eaten.
Plan Your Journey Today
Enjoy a sightseeing journey like this and so much more when you reserve your Estes Park cabin today with Voyago!