21 days in United States Itinerary

21 days in United States Itinerary

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21 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Denver
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
7
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Cortez
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
9
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Alamosa
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
11
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + bus + foot + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Zurich

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Denver

Denver ©
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 2nd (Tue): glide through natural beauty at Cherry Creek State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans and then explore and take pictures at Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

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Zurich, Switzerland to Denver is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Zurich to Denver. Traveling from Zurich in July, you will find days in Denver are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Cherry Creek State Park
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Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Mount Evans Scenic Byway ©
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 4th (Thu), stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Denver to Steamboat Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver in July, expect Steamboat Springs to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway and then take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Grand Junction trip app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Steamboat Springs to Grand Junction takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, with highs in Grand Junction at 39°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Scenic Drive Nature

Side Trip

Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway
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Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa

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Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Tom Till Gallery, explore the striking landscape at Wilson's Arch, and then head off-road at local off-road trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Double Arch, identify plant and animal life at Double Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, then stroll through Negro Bill Canyon Trail, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Double Down Bike Shop.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Moab trip planner .

You can drive from Grand Junction to Moab in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Arches National Park
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Wilson's Arch ©
Wilson's Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Off-Road & ATV Trails

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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): stroll through The Hickman Bridge Trail, then admire the landmark architecture of Fruita Schoolhouse, and then do some rugged touring at local off-road trails.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Capitol Reef National Park itinerary planner .

Getting from Moab to Capitol Reef National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Moab in July, expect Capitol Reef National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 32°C and 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Fruita Schoolhouse ©
Fruita Schoolhouse

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get great views at Paria View, hike along Queen's Garden Trail, then explore and take pictures at Sunset Point, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo Loop Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Peek-A-Boo Loop.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park driving holiday planning tool .

Drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. July in Bryce Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop
Paria View ©
Paria View

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, then stroll through Wildcat Trail, and then see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and then catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Monument Valley trip planner .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Monument Valley in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in July; daily highs in Monument Valley reach 38°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Highlights from your plan
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Wildcat Trail ©
Wildcat Trail
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

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Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): examine the collection at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum., then learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, and then explore the ancient world of Hovenweep National Monument.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cortez trip planning tool .

You can drive from Monument Valley to Cortez in 2.5 hours. July in Cortez sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Durango.

Things to do in Cortez

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dolores
Highlights from your plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument

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Durango

Durango ©
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.
On the 15th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and then explore the striking landscape of San Juan National Forest. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Purgatory Resort and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Durango online holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Cortez to Durango in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Alamosa.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Horseback Riding Tours

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Alamosa

Alamosa ©
Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. On the 17th (Wed), examine the collection at The San Luis Valley Museum, identify plant and animal life at Colorado Gators Reptile Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Zapata Falls. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rio Grande National Forest.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Alamosa online trip builder .

Getting from Durango to Alamosa by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Durango in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Alamosa, with lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Alamosa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mosca, Rio Grande National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Zapata Falls ©
Zapata Falls
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge ©

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Emerald Lake Trail and Old Fall River Road. Get outdoors at Trail Ridge Road and Sprague Lake. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, and admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park travel route planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Alamosa to Rocky Mountain National Park. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Alamosa in July; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 38°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

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