10 days in Colorado & Arizona Itinerary

10 days in Colorado & Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

Make it your trip
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Sedona
— 4 nights
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Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Chicago to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in November; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 43°F and lows reach 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 22nd (Sun), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online holiday planner.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in November: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Lipan Point. Visiting Yavapai Point and Moran Point will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point, don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Railway Depot, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and enjoy breathtaking views from Desert View Watchtower.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In November, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Sedona

— 4 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get some cultural insight at Palatki Ruins and Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park. Get in touch with nature at Fay Canyon Trail and Broken Arrow Trail. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Doe Mountain Trail, trek along Boynton Canyon Trail, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and admire the majestic nature at Red Rock State Park.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Sedona day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Sedona, ranging from highs of 64°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Colorado travel guide

4.3
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Hiking Trails · Lookouts
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.