14 days in Utah & Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Utah & Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Utah & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dunedin
Fly:  21​h 45​min
1
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
St. George
— 1 night
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Leadville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Dunedin


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1
night
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Utah and then get curious at Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): examine the collection at Hill Aerospace Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Madeleine.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City trip planner .

Dunedin, New Zealand to Salt Lake City is an approximately 22-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You'll gain 19 hours traveling from Dunedin to Salt Lake City due to the time zone difference. In August in Salt Lake City, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to St. George.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Hill Aerospace Museum
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Natural History Museum of Utah ©
Natural History Museum of Utah
Hill Aerospace Museum ©
Hill Aerospace Museum
The Tabernacle ©
The Tabernacle

1
night
St. George

St. George ©
St. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): engage your brain at St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Temple, then contemplate the long history of Brigham Young Winter Home Historical Site, and finally contemplate the long history of Jacob Hamblin Home.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the St. George trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to St. George takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 42°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in St. George

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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St. George Temple ©
St. George Temple

2
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Long House and Spruce Tree House. Get some cultural insight at Hovenweep National Monument and Balcony House. When in Mesa Verde National Park, make a side trip to see The Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, stroll through Point Lookout Trail, and get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from St. George to Mesa Verde National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from St. George in August: high temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 35°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Hovenweep National Monument
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum, explore the striking landscape at Island in the Sky, then take in the exciting artwork at Tom Till Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Gallery Moab LCA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Moab tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Moab in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August; daily highs in Moab reach 39°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Leadville.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Island in the Sky, Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum
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Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Gallery Moab LCA ©
Gallery Moab LCA
Tom Till Gallery ©
Tom Till Gallery

1
night
Leadville

Leadville ©
Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. On the 24th (Sat), see the interesting displays at National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum, examine the collection at Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin, then take an in-depth tour of Heritage Museum, then hop aboard Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Israel.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Leadville road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Moab to Leadville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Moab in August, with highs in Leadville at 23°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Leadville

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin ©
Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin
Temple Israel ©
Temple Israel

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Museum of Colorado Prisons. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and North Pole - Santa's Workshop. Take a break from Colorado Springs with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City, about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Miramont Castle Museum, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Leadville to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Leadville in August; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 33°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Canon City, Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

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