12 days in Cody, Grand Teton National Park & Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Cody, Grand Teton National Park & Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Cody, Grand Teton National Park & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Cody
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Grand Teton National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Bus:  4​h 15​min
7
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Charlotte

1
night
Cody

Cody ©
A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Old Trail Town, then learn more about the world around you at Draper Natural History Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and finally admire the masterpieces at Whitney Gallery.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cody trip itinerary tool .

Charlotte to Cody is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Charlotte to Cody. Traveling from Charlotte in September, expect Cody to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums Historic Sites
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Draper Natural History Museum ©
Draper Natural History Museum
Buffalo Bill Center of the West ©
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Whitney Western Art Museum ©
Whitney Western Art Museum

2
nights
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
On the 16th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Teton. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Sacred Heart and then hike along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Cody to Grand Teton National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Cody in September, Grand Teton National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Grand Teton ©
Grand Teton
Chapel of the Sacred Heart ©
Chapel of the Sacred Heart

1
night
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Park Point, cruise along Ruins Road, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Grand Teton National Park to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in September, expect Mesa Verde National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 80°F and 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

2
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 19th (Thu), trek along Fourmile Falls Trail, then look for gifts at The Choke Cherry Tree, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): explore by horseback at Diamond Hitch Stables, delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, then explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are little chillier, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, stop by The Gold Mine Rock Shop, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Canon City tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Canon City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Pagosa Springs in September; daily highs in Canon City reach 83°F and lows reach 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons
The Gold Mine Rock Shop ©
The Gold Mine Rock Shop

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Mountain Blown Glass, contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery, then stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Estes Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Estes Park when traveling from Canon City in September, with lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Name Catholic Church, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then trek along Yampa River Core Trail.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip planner .

Do a combination of car and bus from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Estes Park in September, things will get a bit cooler in Steamboat Springs: highs are around 72°F and lows about 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Holy Name Catholic Church ©
Holy Name Catholic Church

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