14 days in Grand Canyon National Park & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

14 days in Grand Canyon National Park & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

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Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 9 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park — 9 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lipan Point and East Rim Drive. Get some cultural insight at Kolb Studio and Hermit's Rest. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Trailview Overlook, take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon, walk around Indian Garden, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hermit Trail.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip tool.

Philadelphia to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Grand Canyon National Park is minus 2 hours. Expect colder evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from Philadelphia in June, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park — 4 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ruins Road and Park Point. Visiting Square Tower House and Soda Canyon Overlook Trail will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, don't miss a visit to Step House, and hike along Spruce Canyon Trail.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online travel route planner.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. You'll set off for home on the 8th (Fri).
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature