1. Estes Park: Rocky Mountain National Park Glass-Top Van Tour
Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Rocky Mountain National Park on a guided tour from Estes Park. Travel up above the trees in a glass-top convertible van. Take a short hike or two and see fast-flowing snow melt, waterfalls, and glaciers. Enjoy coffee, hot drinks, and a variety on board. Learn all about the science and history of the Rockies and its animals with your guide. Travel up the famous Old Fall River Road, which is the original high alpine road that opened in 1920 and is part of the National Register of Historic Places. Take a halfway break at the Alpine Visitor Center, the highest-altitude visitor center of any national park. Get free time to visit the cafeteria and gift shop, as well as soak in amazing “top of the world” tundra views. Upon leaving the Alpine Visitor Center, travel back towards Estes Park. Journeying across Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in North America, reaching the highest point on the road at 12,183 feet. Get spectacular views from inside the panoramic van, and above the tree line. With a fully closable glass roof, stay protected from the chilly, hurricane-force winds produced in the alpine tundra. If Old Fall River Road is closed for the season, hit the Trail Ridge Road to go both up and down the mountain, with the highest point accessible being the turnaround point.