18 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Colorado & Texas Itinerary

18 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Colorado & Texas Itinerary

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18 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Colorado & Texas Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 30​min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
7
Fredericksburg
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
8
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
End: New York City


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3
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.
Get outdoors at Grandview Point and Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, trek along Rim Trail, and get great views at Mather Point.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary website .

New York City to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from New York City in June, with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grandview Point ©
Grandview Point

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Far View Sites.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park vacation tool .

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. June in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

2
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alpine Chapel, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, and finally steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): trek along Cascade Falls Park and then trek along Chief Ouray Mine Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ouray trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Telluride
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Alpine Chapel ©
Alpine Chapel

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): hike along Hanging Lake Trail, explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains. On the next day, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and then get lost in a book at Glenwood Springs Branch Library.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Glenwood Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in June, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are slightly colder, around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Vail.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

2
nights
Vail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): trot along with a tour on horseback and then take in the awesome beauty at Vail Mountain Resort. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then trek along Booth Falls Trail.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Vail trip itinerary app .

Take a bus from Glenwood Springs to Vail in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Vail: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
River Rafting & Tubing

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 13th (Thu), witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and then hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

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

You can drive from Vail to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Vail in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Fredericksburg.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort

1
night
Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg ©
The city of Fredericksburg was settled by German immigrants in the mid-19th century, and has managed to retain its distinctly German charm.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): learn about all things military at National Museum of the Pacific War, do a tasting at Fiesta Vineyard & Winery, then experience rural life at Wildseed Farms, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Fischer & Wieser's Das Peach Haus, do a tasting at Grape Creek Vineyards Fredericksburg, then indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and finally make a trip to Main Street.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Fredericksburg trip maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Steamboat Springs to Fredericksburg takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in June: highs in Fredericksburg hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Fredericksburg

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of the Pacific War ©
National Museum of the Pacific War
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area ©
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area
Wildseed Farms ©
Wildseed Farms

2
nights
South Padre Island

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
On the 17th (Mon), look for gifts at Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard, then get to know the fascinating history of Laguna Madre Nature Trail, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle, Inc., then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read South Padre Island journey maker site .

Traveling by car from Fredericksburg to South Padre Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Fredericksburg in June since evenings lows in South Padre Island dip to 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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