13 days in Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

13 days in Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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13 days in Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park & Colorado Springs Itinerary

Start: Miamisburg
car:  33​h 30​min
1
Yosemite National Park
— 1 night
car:  9​h
2
Zion National Park
— 6 nights
car:  11​h 30​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
car:  18​h
End: Miamisburg

1
night
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, hike along Panorama Trail, then admire the sheer force of Vernal Fall, and finally explore the striking landscape at El Capitan. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Yosemite Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Sentinel Dome, then make a trip to Yosemite Village, and finally take a memorable drive along Tioga Pass.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park online journey builder .

Miamisburg to Yosemite National Park is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Miamisburg in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Yosemite National Park, with lows of 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Vernal Fall ©
Vernal Fall
Yosemite Falls ©
Yosemite Falls

6
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Zion National Park and The Narrows. There's much more to do: trek along Angel's Landing, explore the stunning scenery at Kolob Canyons, admire all the interesting features of Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, and take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yosemite National Park to Zion National Park in 9 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yosemite National Park to Zion National Park. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Zion National Park: highs are around 90°F and lows about 54°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town)
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain, then delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and finally get your game on at Battlefield Colorado. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, and then deepen your knowledge of military history at United States Air Force Academy.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Zion National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Zion National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park