18 days in Colorado, Utah & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

18 days in Colorado, Utah & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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18 days in Colorado, Utah & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Drive:  13​h 15​min
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  11​h 15​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​h 45​min
End: Dallas

2
nights
Colorado Springs

National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 1st (Sat), stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. On your second day here, take a memorable tour with Tours and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online journey planner .

Dallas to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Dallas to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Dallas, expect a bit cooler days and colder nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, then get great views at Farview Curve Overlook, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, cruise along Old Fall River Road, then take some stellar pictures from Milner Pass, and finally explore the activities along Bear Lake.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Scenic Drive
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Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Milner Pass ©
Milner Pass
Farview Curve Overlook ©
Farview Curve Overlook

2
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Doc Holliday's Grave & Hanging Lake Trail). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells, cruise along Independence Pass, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see ratings and tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 79°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Aspen

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Change things up with these side-trips from Moab: Arches National Park (Delicate Arch & Turret Arch). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, make a trip to Wolfe Ranch Rock Art, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Moab trip site .

Drive from Aspen to Moab in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or fly. Traveling from Aspen in June, expect Moab to be a bit warmer, temps between 95°F and 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Moab

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Arches National Park
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Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

3
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of The Narrows. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): trek along Angel's Landing, then explore and take pictures at Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and then relax in the rural setting at Fort Zion Gift Shop, Petting Farm, Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park road trip site .

Traveling by car from Moab to Zion National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Zion National Park when traveling from Moab in June, with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for the bus ride to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks

Side Trip

Fort Zion Gift Shop, Petting Farm, Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

3
nights
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 15th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, hike along Rim Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by bus from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 11.5 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in June, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 85°F and 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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