Excitement abounds as you traverse the highways on your Louisville to Denver road trip. Along the way, you'll experience fascinating destinations with mysterious pasts at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park and Jesse James' Birthplace as you drive through Kansas City. Visits to some of America's most spectacular national parks reward you with unforgettable scenery and outdoor adventures at Mammoth Cave, Gateway Arch and Rocky Mountain National Parks. Stops in the fabulous cities of St. Louis and Topeka treat you to delicious beer tastings at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and the Norsemen Brewing Company and good times at Six Flags St. Louis and the Evel Knievel Museum.
Include a couple of national parks on your road trip from Louisville to Denver to explore some of the most beautiful and fascinating land in the U.S.
Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave National Park is home to the longest cave system in the world, with over 400 mapped miles and 19 exciting tours to choose from. At this unforgettable park that's just one hour and 30 minutes south of Louisville, you'll have plenty to see and do at fun attractions at Dinosaur World, Mammoth Cave Wildlife Museum, and Mammoth Cave Zipline Tours. You can also bike and hike backcountry trails, kayak down the Green River and gaze at the stars on a ranger-led Night Sky program.
Gateway Arch National Park
Gateway Arch National Park is a historic treasure that features 91 acres filled with landmarks and unique activities. View the arch from the inside on the Tram Ride to the Top, which shoots you up 630 feet to the apex of the monumental structure for spectacular one-of-a-kind views of Downtown St. Louis. Underneath the arch is the Museum at Gateway Arch, a must-see attraction that explains the arch's history and construction through interactive exhibits and interesting educational films. You can also enjoy the park on Riverboats at the Gateway Arch, which sends you cruising down the Mighty Mississippi, or go on a relaxing walk or bike ride on the park's five miles of trails.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park is a breathtaking destination that welcomes you to Colorado with world-class hiking trails, amazing chances to view wildlife, and gorgeous scenic drives. Here, you'll want to check out the Alpine and Beaver Meadows Visitor Centers to pick up some maps and a cup of coffee before checking out the visual displays and gift shop. Head outside to start your adventure to a few of the most popular spots at Bear Lake, Alberta Falls, Glacier Gorge, and Longs Peak, the tallest summit in the park. Wind down with a relaxing picnic; then, roast a few marshmallows while marveling at the heavens after dark.
Enjoy more of the great outdoors at a few lovely state parks on your Louisville to Denver road trip.
Harmonie State Park
At Harmonie State Park, you can explore the raw beauty of Indiana as you hike, bike and fish at this premier location. There's also a refreshing swimming pool with a waterslide, a volleyball court, and a variety of nature and history programs to enjoy.
Castlewood State Park
Castlewood State Park offers some of the best mountain biking trails near St. Louis along with 17 miles of scenic hiking trails with spectacular views of the Meramec River and the surrounding valley. You can also experience the park on horseback, spend the day fishing and chill out on a relaxing picnic.
Tuttle Creek State Park
Tuttle Creek State Park is an outdoor paradise that lies on the Flint Hills Prairie in Kansas. At this park, you can experience days of nonstop fun as you fish on Tuttle Creek, practice your archery skills at the on-site range and explore all five areas of its 1,250 scenic acres. Hiking, biking, swimming, boating, and camping are available as well.
Kentucky Derby Museum
Before you leave Louisville, head to the Kentucky Derby Museum for exciting interactive exhibits that take you through the 145-year history of this iconic event. While you're here, you can splurge on a Bourbon and Bridles Tour, which features time at Churchill Downs that's followed by an epic bourbon tasting where you'll also learn how to make a mint julep. Wander over to the Derby Café Express for some "from scratch" bourbon bread pudding; then, check out the gift shop for a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
Jesse James Birthplace
At the Jesse James Birthplace in Kansas City, you'll see the largest collection of this notorious outlaw's familial artifacts and get an in-depth look at his mysterious persona as you watch a 20-minute educational film and check out all three of the historic log cabin's amazing galleries. Outside on a self-guided tour, you'll have the run of the grounds where Jesse took his first steps.
The Stanley Hotel
Thanks to Stephen King's novel "The Shining," The Stanley Hotel has since become synonymous with the supernatural and the decadence of the early 20th-century's industrial era. At this iconic location, you can enjoy tours by day or night with each featuring different elements of the hotel's unique history. On the day tour, you'll learn about The Stanley Hotel's building site in Estes Park and the life of the original owner while the night tour takes you deep into the mystery and folklore that has haunted the hotel since 1911. Of course, you can see for yourself on an overnight stay in any room on the fourth floor.
St. Louis, Missouri
In St. Louis, you'll go on thrilling adventures at Six Flags St. Louis, swig beer on a variety of delicious brewery tours at Anheuser-Busch and Tap Room, check out the fun exhibits at City Museum and spend the day experiencing everything that St. Louis Union Station has to offer. Be sure to check out Chuck Berry's House for a little rock 'n' roll history, and then check out the World Chess Hall of Fame to learn about some of the greatest legends in the game. While you're at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, don't forget to visit Grant's Farm to view the majestic Clydesdales.
Pin Oak Creek RV Park is a splendid place to kick back while you enjoy the sights of St. Louis. This park features a relaxing fishing lake, a camp store, laundry facilities, and nearby access to clean dump stations.
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City invites you to experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of KC's best barbecue joints, blues clubs, and museums. Check out Arthur Bryant's and Gates for smokin' good ribs and brisket, and then spend a boozy time at Pawn & Pints for a board game night you'll never forget. Hop onto the KC Street Car for a ride around the city that takes you to fantastic restaurants, cool attractions, and hole-in-the-wall thrift shops. Make sure to check out the sultry singers at the Green Lady Lounge and one of the most unusual places in the city at Leila's Hair Museum.
As you drive through Topeka on your Louisville to Denver RV road trip, stop at the Evel Knievel Museum to peruse a bevy of the famous daredevil's colorful riding leathers, patriotic helmets, and exhibits that feature his most death-defying stunts, and then belly up to the bar at the Norsemen Brewing Company for savory suds and unbelievably delish eats. Be sure to pop by the Kansas State Capitol for a guided tour that takes you to the top of the dome, and check out Glaciers Edge Winery and Warde-Mead Park before you take off.
When you follow this road trip itinerary from Louisville to Denver, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in Louisville or Denver.