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8-Day America's Rocky Mountains

8-Day America's Rocky Mountains

Discover America's Rocky Mountains on this Amazing itinerary

Discover America's Rocky Mountains in Colorado - our home!

America's Rocky Mountains: It all begins in the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado. Enjoy our hotels in the heart of the historic and renewed downtown, then we're off to the hauntingly beautiful Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Vail is our base for exploring the heart of the Rockies and then it's our finalé in Colorado Springs. All of this in the style of a STORY Land & Sea® small group touring.

Why STORY for this tour?

Colorado is our home—  we're excited to show you around Colorful Colorado as this is our home and we know all the secrets a local should know! And we're ready to share them with you.

STORY Exclusives —  no one else provides our unique perspective experiences laced throughout your adventure.

STORY Tour Captains — we've said it once, we'll say it again: STORY Tour Captains are often copied, but never duplicated. Our "TCs" will take care of you from beginning to end.

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The trip is fully-hosted by a professional Story Tour Captain. Story's America's Rocky Mountains Tour is the perfectly balanced adventure through colorful Colorado.
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Colorado Rockies
  • Rocky Mountains Colorado
  • Fall Aspens in Colorado
  • Jeeping in Colorado

Arrive Denver International Airport

Day 1: Denver: Gateway to the Rocky Mountains


The city of Denver is a great arrival point to rest up from your flight and be immersed in hospitality by your STORY Tour Captain. Upon arrival, check in and enjoy some time to freshen up before meeting your "TC" for welcome festivities.

STORY Exclusive
Tonight, experience a truly unique Story Exclusive experience with your Tour Captain.

Welcome Dinner: Join your Tour Captain for our included Welcome Dinner this evening.

Deluxe: Brown Palace or similar, 1 Night
Classic: Holiday Inn Express Downtown or similar, 1 Night

Denver, The Mile High City
Day 2: Discovering Denver | Welcome to Estes Park, Colorado

food icon   Included Dining: Join your Tour Captain tonight for an included dinner.

This morning after breakfast enjoy our sightseeing tour of Denver before we make our way north into the mountains. The tour will include an exploration into the history of Denver, its colorful past and secrets only our local STORY Guide would know —  that's the STORY Way! We'll make a visit to Denver's Union Station, the historic 19th century landmark Larimer Square. We'll also see other sights including the Denver Art Museum with its iconic design, Coors Field, and Mile High Stadium before making our way northward.

After our Denver immersion, we make our way to Estes Park. Estes Park was bestowed on the valley by William Byers, founding editor of the Rocky Mountain News, in honor of its first permanent Anglo residents, Kentuckian Joel Estes and his wife, Patsy. Byers, on his way to a failed attempt to climb Longs Peak in 1864, stayed with the Estes family and paid his hosts $2.20 for food and lodging. Writing of the experience for the News, Byers predicted that “eventually this park will become a favorite pleasure resort." He was correct in his prediction!

STORY Exclusive: Enjoy a special welcome experience tonight with your Tour Captain and learn some haunting tales to boot!

Included Dining: Enjoy an included dinner with the Tour Captain tonight at the Stanley Hotel.

Deluxe: The Stanley Hotel, 2 Nights
Classic: Discovery Lodge or similar, 2 Nights

Rocky Mountain National Park

Day 3: We Explore the Rockies Today

   Optional Dining: Join your Tour Captain tonight for an optional dinner or explore on your own.

Today enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Rocky Mountain National Park. Enjoy some of the most scenic byways through mountain peaks, alpine meadows, and don't forget to have your camera at the ready for the resident Elk herds and other critters. It's an amazing and majestic day.

We return to the Stanley for an evening at leisure.

Optional Dining: Enjoy an optional dinner with the Tour Captain in Estes Park or explore at leisure.

To the Heart of the Rockies

Day 4: Vail of the Mountains

food icon   Included Dining: Join your Tour Captain tonight for an included dinner.

Today we make our way to Vail, the largest ski resort on one mountain in the entire country! Upon arrival, we check in, freshen up and then enjoy an Orientation Walkabout with your STORY Tour Captain.

Included Dinner: Later tonight it's an included dinner with your Tour Captain.

Deluxe: The Sebastian or similar, 2 Nights
Classic: Evergreen Lodge or similar, 2 Nights



Rocky Mountain Wonderland: Day at Leisure
Day 5: Enjoy a day at leisure or consider optionals

   Optional Dining: Join your Tour Captain tonight for an optional dinner or explore on your own.

Today we've crafted for your pleasure: Does a spa treatment sound right? How about laying out by the pool with a book? What about downhill mountain biking? ATV? Hiking? Walks? We have many ideas for your optional consideration.

Tonight, join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner or explore at leisure.


Pike's Peak & Garden of the Gods

Day 6: Colorado Springs Awaits

food icon   Optional Dining: Join your Tour Captain tonight for an optional dinner or explore on your own.

We journey today through the mountains to Colorado Springs. Before we arrive we make our way to the base of Pike's Peak.

About the many names of Pike's Peak
The 14,115-foot summit rises over the plains with a majesty all its own. Originally called "Sun Mountain," by the Ute people, it was renamed by the Arapaho people to "the Long Mountain." Spanish explorers in the 1700s renamed it to Montana del Sol, or Mountain of the Sun which was borrowed from the local people at that time. They originally renamed it El Capitan or The Captain or Leader.

In 1806, US explorer Zebulon Pike traveled to Colorado as part of his expedition into the newly purchased Louisiana Territory. He set sights on the peak soon after entering the Colorado area, and quickly tried (and failed) to climb it. In his journal entries, he called the mountain both “the Grand Peak” and simply “Highest Peak.” The latter name became popular with Anglo-American explorers, trappers, and settlers. Many of them began to refer to it as “Pike’s Highest Peak.” Some chose instead to call it by the less popular name “James Peak” in honor of Edwin James, a botanist who was the first person known to reach its summit, while others maintained the Spanish name El Capitán.

No matter what name you use, it's amazing.

We arrive at our home for the next two days and nights, the beautiful city of Colorado Springs.

Optional Dining: Join your Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight, or explore at leisure.

Deluxe: The Mining Exchange or similar, 2 Nights
Classic: Hilton Garden Inn or similar, 2 Nights


Day at Leisure
Day 7: Explore Colorado Springs

food icon   Included Dining: Join your Tour Captain tonight for an included dinner.

Enjoy a day at leisure on your last day in Colorado —  we have many sightseeing options or just enjoy a shop around town. Enjoy our shuttle to nearby Manitou Springs as well for some unusual mountain town sights.

STORY Exclusive: We kick off a fun night of farewell events with our special experience.

Included Dining: Join your Tour Captain for the included farewell dinner in Colorado Springs this evening.

We celebrate meeting new friends tonight and our time together on this amazing journey through America's Rocky Mountains in colorful Colorado. Until next time...good travels!



Departure Day

Day 8: Departure day or extend your stay

Private vehicle transfer from your hotel to the Colorado Springs airport is included. Inquire about our transfer to Denver International Airport (approximately 90 minutes' drive).

Not ready to leave? Consider our 8-Day America's Wonders Tour: Canyon Lands, Grand Canyon and National Parks. 


Heart of City & Where You Want to Be!

There is a difference between Story's hotels and the mainstream tour operators: We've hand-picked our properties for this adventure for ease of access and comfort with style. Our hotels feature a hot breakfast included daily with coffee, tea, juice and an assortment of meats, fresh, local vegetables, fresh-baked pastries and fruit.

Denver, Colorado - 1 Night

Estes Park, Colorado - 2 Nights

Vail, Colorado - 2 Nights

Colorado Springs, Colorado - 2 Nights

8-Day America's Rocky Mountains Tour

  • We've tried to include everything! However, make note of the following:

    Arrival Transfers from Denver International Airport to downtown Denver, Colorado:
    Departure Transfers to Denver International aiprort:

    4 Unique Dinners Included: Our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to unique restaurants each night even when dinner is optional.

    STORY Exclusives include our unique perspective experiences hosted by the STORY Tour Captain.

    Airfare is not included. International Airfare arrangements made by Story Land & Sea® are a completely separate booking from your land vacation. We highly recommend trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

  • Enjoy from two guests to an average of 16 Travelers. Guaranteed. No waiting on big groups on big buses.
  • Hotels in the heart of the cities and towns, or near the places you want to be.
  • We Never Up-sell while On Tour.
    See any of the mainstream tour operators and find that "tour directors" make extra revenue from the sale of optionals.
  • Story Land & Sea® provides gratuities for your Local City Tour Guides, Tour Drivers, Restaurant and Hotel Staff.
  • Customary gratuities for your Story Tour Captain are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis.
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary. 
    Featuring authentic restaurants featuring local cuisine.
  • All admissions and sightseeing as defined on itinerary
  • Portage Included through your Small Group Tour.
  • Services of professional Tour director called a Tour Captain. 
    The Tour Captain serves as your host throughout the trip to ensure everything goes according to the journey's plan.
  • Services of Professional Guides
    We use professional, certified guides for our sightseeing at select venues and sites throughout the Small Group Tour. 


Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

Portage (one suitcase per person) and customary tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $USD119 per bag. Story Land & Sea® luggage tags upon arrival first hotel.

Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations.

PASSPORTS: US citizens do not require a valid passport for this tour.

Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are based on your itinerary.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and customary tipping are included. 



8-Day America's Rocky Mountains Tour

Make it a Private Journey or enjoy our True Small Group Adventures


Small Group & Personalized Journeys
Tour Prices

Published prices are based on a guaranteed departure with at least four (4) STORY guests — Inquire with reservations to find out your preferred departure's current tour size and pricing: 1 (877) 865-6711

Take over a departure for your own private group - inquire for details.

Prefer to travel with just the two of you? Inquire for our Private Journey option.

True Small-Group & Personalized Journeys Pricing
Published Date Private Journey Small Group Adventure
Departures March 2021
March 6,13,20,27 $4642 $3419
Departures April 2021
April 3,10,17,24 $4642 $3419
Departures May 2021
May 1,8,15,22,29 $4642 $3419
Departures June 2021
June 5,12,19,26 $4842 $3619
Departures July 2021
July 3,10,17,24,31 $4642 $3419
Departures August 2021
August 7,14,21,28 $4642 $3419
Departures September 2021
September 4,11,18,25
Fall Foliage: 11,18,25
$4842 $3619
Departures October 2021
October 2,9,16,23,30
Fall Foliage: 2,9
$4842 $3619



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Airfare is not included but it can be quoted here. Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of your small group tour origination. If you are delayed for any reason, your vacation may be at risk even if STORY Land & Sea® made your airfare arrangements. Airfare is a completely separate booking from your land tour vacation. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.