11 days in Colorado & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

11 days in Colorado & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h 15​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
4
Denver
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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 25th (Thu): get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, then meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary tool .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Colorado Springs is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan to Colorado Springs is minus 3 hours. Traveling from San Juan in January, expect Colorado Springs to be cooler, temps between 9°C and -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©

2
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 28th (Sun): hit the slopes at Winter Park Resort. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, don't miss a visit to Fraser Tubing Hill, and then get in on the family fun at Carousel of Happiness.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. On the 30th (Tue), you'll travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Fraser Tubing Hill, Carousel of Happiness, Winter Park Resort
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Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Fraser Tubing Hill ©
Fraser Tubing Hill
Carousel of Happiness ©
Carousel of Happiness

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): stroll through South Kaibab Trail, look for gifts at Lookout Studio, and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Mather Point and then hike along Rim Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. In January in Grand Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): enjoy some music at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then meet the residents at Denver Zoo, and then contemplate the long history of Union Station, Denver, CO. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Coors Field, admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and then admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Denver trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Denver in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Denver, ranging from highs of 7°C to lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

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

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