10 days in Denver, Salt Lake City & Phoenix Itinerary

10 days in Denver, Salt Lake City & Phoenix Itinerary

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10 days in Denver, Salt Lake City & Phoenix Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  6​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Phoenix
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Washington DC

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Union Station, tour the pleasant surroundings at Denver Zoo, and then see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, then ponder the world of politics at Colorado Governor's Mansion, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner .

Washington DC to Denver is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Denver, with lows of 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

3
nights
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Get out of town with these interesting Salt Lake City side-trips: Park City (Park City Mountain Resort & Deer Valley Resort) and Backcountry Snowmobiling (in Coalville). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Temple Square, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, and ponder the world of politics at Utah State Capitol.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Salt Lake City travel route planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Denver to Salt Lake City in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Denver, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Salt Lake City, ranging from highs of 38°F to lows of 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Park City, Backcountry Snowmobiling
Highlights from your plan
Backcountry Snowmobiling ©
Backcountry Snowmobiling
Deer Valley Resort ©
Deer Valley Resort
Temple Square ©
Temple Square

4
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Take a break from Phoenix with a short trip to Taliesin West in Scottsdale, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, take in the exciting artwork at Elan Wollitzer Gallery, and admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Phoenix trip planner .

You can fly from Salt Lake City to Phoenix in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in January: high temperatures in Phoenix hover around 68°F and lows are around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trip

Scottsdale
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
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