17 days in Colorado, Grand Canyon National Park & Santa Fe Itinerary

17 days in Colorado, Grand Canyon National Park & Santa Fe Itinerary

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17 days in Colorado, Grand Canyon National Park & Santa Fe Itinerary

Start: Fort Smith
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— Few hours
bus + Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Denver
— 2 nights
+3
train + foot + Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  7​h
8
Santa Fe
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Fort Smith

3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Aspen Art Museum and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through The John Denver Sanctuary, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, and then cruise along Independence Pass.

Plan trip to Aspen with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fort Smith to Aspen is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Fort Smith in June, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

#Parks, #Nature, #Scenic Drive
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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hours
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Buena Vista holiday planner .

Drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Buena Vista sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): stroll through Royal Gorge Bridge and Park and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Canon City trip planner .

Do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, things will get a bit warmer in Canon City: highs are around 89°F and lows about 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods and then go for a walk through Pikes Peak. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center, then get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs journey builder app .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Canon City in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore and take pictures at Coors Field, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, then take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and finally stop by Dardano's Shoes. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Denver Zoo.

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You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Coors Field ©
Coors Field
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 25th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Denver in June: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 47°F. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

#Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 27th (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at North Kaibab Trail, and trek along Rim Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows of 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore and take pictures at The Plaza. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, then take a stroll through Canyon Road, then see the interesting displays at Museum of International Folk Art, and finally steep yourself in history at Loretto Chapel.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Fe in 7 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Santa Fe, with lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

#Historic Sites, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Bandelier National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Canyon Road ©
Canyon Road

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