20 days in Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Canyon National Park & Arches National Park Itinerary

20 days in Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Canyon National Park & Arches National Park Itinerary

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20 days in Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Canyon National Park & Arches National Park Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  13​h
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Arches National Park
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Appleton

4
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Explore Rocky Mountain National Park's surroundings by going to The Beach at Grand Lake (in Grand Lake), Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park) and Keystone Ski Area (in Keystone). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak, explore the striking landscape of Many Parks Curve Overlook, appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, and take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Appleton to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Appleton to Rocky Mountain National Park is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Appleton in March, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

The Beach at Grand Lake, Winter Park Resort, Keystone Ski Area
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Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake
Keystone Ski Area ©
Keystone Ski Area

7
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.
Visit Toroweap Point and Grand Canyon Railway Depot for their historical value. On the 19th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Spend the 22nd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, explore the ancient world of Tusayan Museum, get outside with Shoshone Point, and stroll through South Kaibab Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 13 hours. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in March, Grand Canyon National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Hopi House ©
Hopi House
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

5
nights
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arches National Park: Meadery of the Rockies (in Palisade) and Fruita (Colorado National Monument & Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Devils Garden Trailhead, trek along Fiery Furnace, and identify plant and animal life at Double Arch.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Arches National Park visit planner .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Arches National Park in 6.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March since evenings lows in Arches National Park dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Fruita, Meadery of the Rockies
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch

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