14 days in Zion National Park, Independence & Steamboat Springs Itinerary

14 days in Zion National Park, Independence & Steamboat Springs Itinerary

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14 days in Zion National Park, Independence & Steamboat Springs Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  4​h
1
Zion National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
2
Independence
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Peek-A-Boo Loop and Queen's Garden Trail. When in Zion National Park, make a side trip to see Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop in Bryce Canyon National Park, approximately 1h 45 min away. Spend the 8th (Fri) exploring nature at The Narrows. There's lots more to do: trek along Angel's Landing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple of Sinawava Trail, and take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Zion National Park holiday maker site .

Los Angeles to Zion National Park is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles to Zion National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect nights in Zion National Park to be little chillier, around 51°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 93°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Independence.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Bryce Canyon National Park
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop

6
nights
Independence

Independence ©
Independence is the fifth-largest city in the state of Missouri. Explore hidden gems such as Pony Express National Museum and Glore Psychiatric Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site and Jesse James Birthplace. Get out of town with these interesting Independence side-trips: Patee House Museum (in Saint Joseph), Confederate Memorial State Historic Site (in Higginsville) and Wines by Jennifer (in Parkville). There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, get your bearings at Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, steep yourself in history at Park Visitor Center - Harry S Truman National Historic Site, and wander the streets of Massachusetts Street.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Independence trip builder site .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Zion National Park to Independence in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Zion National Park to Independence, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Zion National Park in June: highs in Independence hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 67°F. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Independence

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Saint Joseph, Jesse James Birthplace Museum, Confederate Memorial State Historic Site, Jesse James Bank Museum, Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
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Pony Express Museum ©
Pony Express Museum
Patee House Museum ©
Patee House Museum
Jesse James Birthplace Museum ©
Jesse James Birthplace Museum

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 19th (Tue), stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, steep yourself in history at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Steamboat Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Independence to Steamboat Springs takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Independence in June, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are little chillier (77°F), and nights are cooler (39°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Steamboat Art Museum ©
Steamboat Art Museum

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