10 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Colorado & Indianapolis Itinerary

10 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Colorado & Indianapolis Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Denver
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Denver
— 1 day
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly
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Indianapolis
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Bright Angel Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, and explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary app.

New York City to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Grand Canyon National Park is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Denver

— 1 day

Mile-High City

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 7th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Crown Hill Park.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Denver day trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Denver in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 60°F in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): walk around Garden of the Gods. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Battlefield Colorado.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planner.

Getting from Denver to Colorado Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can fly to Indianapolis.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Indianapolis

— 1 night

Circle City

Indiana's capital and most populous city, Indianapolis is best known for its racecar events and impressive museums, and as the hometown of Kurt Vonnegut.
On the 10th (Sat), look for gifts at Rocket Fizz, have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Indianapolis, then get your game on at Ragnarok Axe Throwing, and finally have some family-friendly fun at BlueWall Virtual Reality. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Indianapolis Zoo and then examine the collection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Indianapolis tour itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Colorado Springs to Indianapolis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Colorado Springs to Indianapolis. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Indianapolis. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Indianapolis

Museums · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Colorado travel guide

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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.