44 days in California, Utah & Colorado Itinerary

44 days in California, Utah & Colorado Itinerary

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44 days in California, Utah & Colorado Itinerary

Windsor
Fly:  10​h 30​min
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
Yosemite National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Carmel
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
San Diego
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Los Angeles
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
Zion National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Windsor

6
days
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Take a break from the city and head to Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods National Monument. Dedicate the 30th (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge, enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach, have fun and explore at Exploratorium, and stroll through Fort Funston National Park.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Francisco road trip planner .

Windsor, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Windsor in August, expect nights in San Francisco to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. On the 31st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in San Francisco

#Parks, #Tours, #Nature

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
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Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument ©
Muir Woods National Monument
Twin Peaks ©
Twin Peaks

6
days
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tuolumne Meadows, don't miss a visit to Yosemite Village, explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome, and explore the activities along Tenaya Lake.

To find out how to plan a trip to Yosemite National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway, flight, bus, and taxi. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

1
day
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 8th (Sat), stop by The Cheese Shop, admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Carmel trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Carmel, with highs around 24°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Diego.

Things to do in Carmel

#Nature, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Asilomar State Beach
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
The Cheese Shop ©
The Cheese Shop

5
days
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Visiting Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Children's Pool will get you outdoors. Pack the 12th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at SeaWorld San Diego. There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Diego Zoo, examine the collection at San Diego Model Railroad Museum, kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park, and stroll through La Jolla Cove.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the San Diego travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Carmel to San Diego in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Carmel in September, with highs in San Diego at 30°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
San Diego Zoo ©
San Diego Zoo
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove

6
days
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Visiting Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Topanga State Park will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Los Angeles: Santa Monica Mountains (in Santa Monica) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). Pack the 15th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Hollywood. There's much more to do: stroll through Santa Monica Beach, stop by Hollywood & Highland, examine the collection at The Getty Center, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Los Angeles online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from San Diego to Los Angeles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. When traveling from San Diego in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Los Angeles: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

#Parks, #Nature, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Disneyland Park
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Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Santa Monica Beach ©
Santa Monica Beach

4
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Narrows and Observation Point. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zion National Park: Southern Utah Adventure Center (in Hurricane) and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (in Kanab). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Angel's Landing and take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Los Angeles to Zion National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Zion National Park. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, plan for little chillier nights in Zion National Park, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Southern Utah Adventure Center, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary ©
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

3
days
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Take a break from the city and head to Navajo/Queens Garden Loop and Peek-A-Boo Loop. There's lots more to do: hike along Navajo Loop Trail, take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point, take some stellar pictures from Sunrise Point, and stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Zion National Park in September, with highs in Bryce Canyon National Park at 25°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Point ©
Sunset Point
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point
Sunrise Point ©
Sunrise Point

4
days
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.
Get in touch with nature at Maroon Bells and River Rafting & Tubing. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Independence Pass, stop by Snowmass Sports, trek along Linkins Lake Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Aspen online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Bryce Canyon National Park to Aspen in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Snowmass Sports, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

2
days
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 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center, then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and then have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

You can fly from Aspen to Colorado Springs in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In October, Colorado Springs is a bit warmer than Aspen - with highs of 22°C and lows of 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

3
days
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Trail Ridge Road and Bear Lake. Take a break from Rocky Mountain National Park with a short trip to Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge in Walden, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, explore the activities along Sprague Lake, stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, and take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak.

For maps and more tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary website .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Estes Park, Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
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Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge ©
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Longs Peak ©
Longs Peak

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