13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
train + Fly:  14​h 30​min
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Denver
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Moab
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Hanksville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + shuttle:  3​h 15​min
7
Page
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Alamosa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
11
Grand Lake
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
12
Estes Park
— Few hours
Fly + train:  17​h 30​min
End: Cardiff

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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.
For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planning tool .

Cardiff, UK to Denver is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Cardiff in September: highs in Denver hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.
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Colorado Governor's Mansion ©
Colorado Governor's Mansion

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Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 9th (Mon), boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa and then hike along Hanging Lake Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Denver to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Denver in September, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are colder (17°C), and nights are a bit cooler (6°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Spas Trails Parks
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Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

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Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Moab holiday maker tool .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Moab in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in September, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Moab: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Hanksville.

Things to do in Moab

Trails Nature Parks
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Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park

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Hanksville

Hanksville ©
Hanksville is a small town in Wayne County, Utah, United States, at the junction of State Routes 24 and 95. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the striking features of Hollow Mountain, explore the stunning scenery at Little Wild Horse Canyon, and then steep yourself in history at The Wolverton Mill.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Hanksville travel route planning app .

Getting from Moab to Hanksville by car takes about 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Hanksville can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Hanksville

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Little Wild Horse Canyon
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Little Wild Horse Canyon ©
Little Wild Horse Canyon
The Wolverton Mill ©
The Wolverton Mill
Hollow Mountain ©
Hollow Mountain

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 12th (Thu), get great views at Inspiration Point, then look for gifts at Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, then trek along Navajo Loop Trail, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Hanksville to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Hanksville in September, with highs in Bryce Canyon National Park at 24°C and lows at 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
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Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of The Narrows. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, then trek along Angel's Landing, and then explore the stunning scenery at Zion's Main Canyon.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park travel planner.

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. In September, Zion National Park is somewhat warmer than Bryce Canyon National Park - with highs of 34°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Page.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

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Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): enjoy some diversion at Gunfighter Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at Horseshoe Bend, then explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon, and finally surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Page trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Zion National Park to Page by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 20°C in Page. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Page

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. On the 16th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, then hike along Wildcat Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Monument Valley road trip planning website .

Getting from Page to Monument Valley by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, Monument Valley is little chillier than Page - with highs of 32°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Wildcat Trail ©
Wildcat Trail
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

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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 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stop by Honeyville.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Monument Valley to Durango in 4 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Monument Valley in September since evenings lows in Durango dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Alamosa.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

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Alamosa

Alamosa ©
Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at San Luis Valley Brewing Company.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Alamosa online holiday planner .

You can drive from Durango to Alamosa in 3 hours. Traveling from Durango in September, expect little chillier with lows of 4°C in Alamosa. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Alamosa

Wildlife Parks Breweries & Distilleries
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Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge ©
San Luis Valley Brewing Company ©
San Luis Valley Brewing Company

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Grand Lake

Grand Lake
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): grab your bike and head to Coyote Valley Trail and then kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Grand Lake vacation builder .

Explore your travel options from Alamosa to Grand Lake with the Route module. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Alamosa in September: highs in Grand Lake hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Coyote Valley Trail

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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.
To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park travel planning site .

Drive from Grand Lake to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Lake in September, plan for much warmer days in Estes Park, with highs around 32°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping
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Earthwood Artisans ©
Earthwood Artisans

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