22 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

22 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

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22 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  14​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Moab
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Dublin


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2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Union Station. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dinosaur Ridge.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Denver online sightseeing planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Denver is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in July, with highs in Denver at 36°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Idaho Springs, Dinosaur Ridge
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Kids will enjoy Garden of the Gods and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation. Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Divide and see Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, which is approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak and examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip site .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation, River Rafting & Tubing, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 7th (Tue), stroll through McPhelemy Park, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Buena Vista takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, Buena Vista is little chillier than Colorado Springs - with highs of 31°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

3
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aspen: Glenwood Springs (Hanging Lake Trail & River Rafting & Tubing). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Independence Pass.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Buena Vista to Aspen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

4
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Take a break from the city and head to Colorado National Monument and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. When in Moab, make a side trip to see Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, approximately 38 minutes away. On the 11th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. Make the 13th (Mon) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. The adventure continues: admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Moab trip planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Moab in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in July; daily highs in Moab reach 42°C and lows reach 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Delicate Arch, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park

2
nights
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 15th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary website .

Getting from Moab to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Moab in July, things will get slightly colder in Mesa Verde National Park: highs are around 38°C and lows about 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Visiting The Narrows and Angel's Landing will get you outdoors. Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Zion National Park. There's more to do: admire all the interesting features of Observation Point and take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Zion National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Zion National Park can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

2
nights
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
On the 20th (Mon), cast your line with a fishing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Zion National Park to Salt Lake City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, Salt Lake City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Fishing Charters & Tours
The Tabernacle ©
The Tabernacle

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