15 days in Colorado, Arizona & Louisiana Itinerary

15 days in Colorado, Arizona & Louisiana Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado, Arizona & Louisiana Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Drive:  33​h
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
3
Sedona
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Winslow
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Williams
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
8
New Orleans
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
End: Orlando


1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stop by Straightline Sports Outfitters.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs route builder app .

Orlando to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 33-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Orlando in June, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Strawberry Park Hot Springs ©
Strawberry Park Hot Springs
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

1
night
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.
On the 12th (Wed), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, shop like a local with Cooper Corner Gallery, and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. While traveling from Steamboat Springs, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 13th (Thu), look for gifts at Kachina House, then take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), then take in the dramatic natural features at Bell Rock, and finally look for gifts at Cocopah. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): stroll through Airport Mesa, take in breathtaking views at Oak Creek Canyon, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sedona trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Glenwood Springs to Sedona takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In June, Sedona is much warmer than Glenwood Springs - with highs of 94°F and lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Winslow.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) ©
Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)
Oak Creek Canyon ©
Oak Creek Canyon
Bell Rock ©
Bell Rock

1
night
Winslow

Winslow ©
Winslow is a city in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stop by ARIZONA 66 Trading Company, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Standin' on the Corner Park, then stop by The Jack Rabbit Trading Post, and finally explore the striking landscape at Meteor Crater.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Winslow trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Sedona to Winslow in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sedona in June, plan for little chillier nights in Winslow, with lows around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Williams.

Things to do in Winslow

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

The Jack Rabbit Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
Meteor Crater ©
Meteor Crater
Standin' on the Corner Park ©
Standin' on the Corner Park
The Jack Rabbit Trading Post ©
The Jack Rabbit Trading Post

1
night
Williams

Williams ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Williams lies on one of the first highways ever built in America, the iconic "Route 66." The town boasts many inns, motels, restaurants, and shops, although its most important feature is serving as the southern terminus of a scenic railway leading to the area's most famous tourist attraction, the World Heritage-listed Grand Canyon.
On the 16th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Bearizona Wildlife Park, look for gifts at The Gallery in Williams, look for gifts at Thunder Eagle Native Art, then stop by Colors of the West, and finally look for gifts at Addicted to Route 66.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Williams day trip planning app .

Getting from Winslow to Williams by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Winslow in June: high temperatures in Williams hover around 83°F and lows are around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Williams

Shopping Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Bearizona Wildlife Park ©
Bearizona Wildlife Park
Thunder Eagle Native Art ©
Thunder Eagle Native Art
The Gallery in Williams ©
The Gallery in Williams

2
nights
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.
On the 17th (Mon), get great views at Mather Point and then hike along Rim Trail. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, then look for gifts at Canyon Village Marketplace, and then trek along South Kaibab Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Williams to Grand Canyon National Park takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Williams in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 42°F in Grand Canyon National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip site .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of car and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

3
nights
New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Head to Royal Street and Faulkner House Booksfor plenty of shopping. Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site and Oak Alley Plantation are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from New Orleans with a short trip to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Slidell, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of French Quarter, get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, stroll the grounds of Lafayette Cemetery No.1, and examine the collection at Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the New Orleans online trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to New Orleans in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park to New Orleans is 1 hour. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect a bit cooler days and much warmer nights in New Orleans, ranging from highs of 83°F to lows of 83°F. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Vacherie, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Oak Alley Plantation ©
Oak Alley Plantation
French Quarter ©
French Quarter

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