13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Moab
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Escalante
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Phoenix
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Boston

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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 9th (Fri): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science and then take a stroll through 16th Street Mall.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Denver visit planner.

Boston to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Denver due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Denver, with lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Childrens Museums Museums Nightlife
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©

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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.
On the 10th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, then explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, and finally admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2 hours. August in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

1
night
Glenwood Springs

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.
To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be little chillier, around 47°F, while days are much colder, around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Trails
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Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

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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 12th (Mon), do a tasting at Debeque Canyon Winery.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Grand Junction day trip tool .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in August: highs in Grand Junction hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Moab.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Neighborhoods Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trip

Debeque Canyon Winery
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Grand Junction ©
Downtown Grand Junction
Room Escape Games
Enstrom's ©
Enstrom's

1
night
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Moab sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Moab takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In August, daytime highs in Moab are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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night
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Arches National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Moab to Arches National Park in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Arches National Park are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Escalante.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

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Escalante

Escalante ©
Escalante is a city in Garfield County, Utah, United States located along Utah Scenic Byway 12 (SR-12) in the south central part of the state. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area, get engrossed in the history at Escalante Heritage Center, and then take a memorable drive along Highway 12 Scenic Byway.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Escalante online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Arches National Park to Escalante by car takes about 5.5 hours. Traveling from Arches National Park in August, things will get slightly colder in Escalante: highs are around 77°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Escalante

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Highway 12 Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area ©
Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area
Escalante Heritage Center ©
Escalante Heritage Center

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day
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 16th (Fri), look for gifts at Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, then explore and take pictures at Sunset Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo Loop Trail, and finally trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park journey planning site .

Drive from Escalante to Bryce Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail

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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 17th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip planner .

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in August, with highs in Zion National Park at 90°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park

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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.
For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park travel planner .

Explore your travel options from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Zion National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

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nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the history at Old Adobe Mission, then admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Phoenix travel route website .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Phoenix takes 4 hours. In August, Phoenix is warmer than Grand Canyon National Park - with highs of 105°F and lows of 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Old Adobe Mission
Highlights from your plan
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Balloon Rides
Camelback Mountain ©
Camelback Mountain

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