11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Denver
+2
train + foot + Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Palm Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
San Diego
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Phoenix
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
6
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  2​h 45​min
End: Denver

1
night
Palm Springs

Palm Springs ©
Palm Springs is a desert resort city in Riverside County, California, United States, within the Coachella Valley. On the 2nd (Tue), see the interesting displays at Palm Springs Air Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Palm Springs Art Museum, and then look for gifts at Brandini Toffee. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Indian Canyons, then take a stroll through El Paseo Shopping District, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sunnylands.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Palm Springs online trip itinerary planner .

Denver to Palm Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Denver to Palm Springs. Traveling from Denver in April, expect Palm Springs to be much warmer, temps between 89°F and 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Palm Springs

#Shopping, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

El Paseo Shopping District, Sunnylands
Highlights from your plan
Indian Canyons ©
Indian Canyons
Palm Springs Air Museum ©
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs Art Museum ©
Palm Springs Art Museum

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stroll through South Carlsbad State Beach and then kick back and relax at La Jolla Shores Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Mission Beach Park and then identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

Plan trip to San Diego with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Palm Springs to San Diego in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Palm Springs in April, plan for slightly colder days in San Diego, with highs around 71°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Phoenix.

Things to do in San Diego

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

South Carlsbad State Beach
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Shores Park ©
La Jolla Shores Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
South Carlsbad State Beach ©
South Carlsbad State Beach

2
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Heard Museum, steep yourself in history at Goldfield Ghost Town, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Camelback Mountain. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Elan Wollitzer Gallery, push the limits with an extreme tour, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Phoenix road trip tool .

You can fly from San Diego to Phoenix in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Diego to Phoenix. When traveling from San Diego in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Phoenix: temperatures range from 88°F by day to 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Phoenix

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Nature

Side Trips

Scottsdale, Goldfield Ghost Town
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Goldfield Ghost Town ©
Goldfield Ghost Town
Heard Museum ©
Heard Museum

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.
On the 8th (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at Little Colorado River Gorge and then hike along Rim Trail. On your second day here, get great views at Mather Point, then contemplate the long history of Hermit's Rest, then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and finally stroll through South Kaibab Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Phoenix to Grand Canyon National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Phoenix in April, things will get cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 62°F and lows about 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Mather Point ©
Mather Point

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Columba Catholic Church, get interesting insight from Tours, and then do a tasting at Four Leaves Winery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango road trip app .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Durango in 5.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Durango

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
St. Columba Catholic Church ©
St. Columba Catholic Church
Four Leaves Winery ©
Four Leaves Winery

2
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Whitewater Hill Vineyards, do a tasting at Mesa Park Vineyards, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, learn about winemaking at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, do a tasting at St Kathryn Cellars, then learn about winemaking at Grande River Vineyards & Winery, and finally appreciate the history behind Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read our Grand Junction driving holiday planner.

Getting from Durango to Grand Junction by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Durango in April, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 37°F in Grand Junction. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Junction

#Wineries, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Palisade, Fruita
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Mesa Park Vineyards ©
Mesa Park Vineyards
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

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