15 days in Sedona, Grand Canyon National Park & Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Sedona, Grand Canyon National Park & Colorado Itinerary

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Sedona
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Durango
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Telluride
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Vail
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Aspen
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Colorado Springs
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Denver
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Rocky Mountain National Park
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Sedona — 1 day

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock, and then take in the exciting artwork at Navarro Gallery & Sculpture Garden.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sedona journey planning website.

Phoenix to Sedona is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Phoenix in November, with highs in Sedona at 64°F and lows at 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 3 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then trek along Bright Angel Point. Here are some ideas for day two: take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point and then hike along Rim Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online tour planner.

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in November, plan for little chillier days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 54°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 2 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 10th (Thu), hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Mesa Verde National Park.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in November, and nighttime lows around 24°F. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sat) before leaving for Durango.
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Durango — 2 nights

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, then explore the world behind art at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, and then take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then make a trip to Historic Downtown Durango.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In November, daytime highs in Durango are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Telluride.
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Telluride — 1 day

The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Alpine Chapel, stroll through Jud Wiebe Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cornet Creek Falls, and finally make a trip to Main Street.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Telluride trip planner.

Drive from Durango to Telluride in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. While traveling from Durango, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Telluride, ranging from highs of 45°F to lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Vail.
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Vail

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Vail itinerary planner.

You can fly from Telluride to Vail in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, Vail is slightly colder than Telluride - with highs of 34°F and lows of 22°F. You will leave for Aspen on the 15th (Tue).
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Aspen — 1 night

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 15th (Tue), hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass.

To find out how to plan a trip to Aspen, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Vail to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Vail in November, plan for a bit warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 47°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Colorado Springs.
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Colorado Springs — 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation and then stop by Old Colorado City.

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Fly from Aspen to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in November; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 55°F and lows reach 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Denver.
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Denver — 2 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge, then admire the masterpieces at Denver Art Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The International Church of Cannabis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Flatirons and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Denver trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In November, daytime highs in Denver are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Rocky Mountain National Park — 2 nights

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 19th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, then admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Bear Lake, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, then take an in-depth tour of Eagle Plume Trading Post, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planning app.

Getting from Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car back home.
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Colorado travel guide

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The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.
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