11 days in Colorado, Grand Canyon National Park & New Haven Itinerary

11 days in Colorado, Grand Canyon National Park & New Haven Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado, Grand Canyon National Park & New Haven Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  26​h
1
Denver
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 45​min
4
New Haven
— 1 night
train + Fly:  30​h
End: Johannesburg

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum and then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, and then get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Denver vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Denver is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in March, with highs in Denver at 15°C and lows at -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Denver

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

4
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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, wildlife, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail, make a trip to Grand Canyon Village, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and hike along Rim Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Denver to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Denver in March, expect slightly colder with lows of -5°C in Grand Canyon National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

1
night
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Durango road trip planning app .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Durango in 5.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to New Haven.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

1
night
New Haven

New Haven ©
New Haven, in the U.S. On the 29th (Sun), get lost in a book at Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, explore the world behind art at Yale University Art Gallery, and then take in the views from Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the New Haven road trip app .

You can fly from Durango to New Haven in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Durango to New Haven due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Durango in March, plan for a bit cooler days in New Haven, with highs around 7°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around -1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in New Haven

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hyland House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Yale University Art Gallery ©
Yale University Art Gallery
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library ©
Hyland House Museum ©
Hyland House Museum

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