24 days in Arizona, Colorado & Utah Itinerary

24 days in Arizona, Colorado & Utah Itinerary

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24 days in Arizona, Colorado & Utah Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly + taxi:  17​h 15​min
1
Sedona
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Page
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Moab
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Buena Vista
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
8
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Dublin

4
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Attractions like Bearizona Wildlife Park and Photography Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Get some cultural insight at Chapel of the Holy Cross and Walnut Canyon National Monument. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock, explore and take pictures at Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and take in breathtaking views at Oak Creek Canyon.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Sedona vacation planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Sedona is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Dublin to Sedona due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Dublin in July: highs in Sedona hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Flagstaff, Bearizona Wildlife Park
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Bearizona Wildlife Park ©
Bearizona Wildlife Park

5
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 in touch with nature at Rim Trail and South Kaibab Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hermit's Rest and Kolb Studio. On the 7th (Tue), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village, and appreciate the history behind Powell Point.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sedona in July; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 34°C and lows reach 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Page.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

2
nights
Page

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon, then explore the striking landscape at Horseshoe Bend, then enjoy some diversion at Gunfighter Canyon, and finally see human ingenuity at work at Glen Canyon Dam Overlook.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Page road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Page takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect nights in Page to be warmer, around 26°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 43°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Page

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Page to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Page in July; daily highs in Mesa Verde National Park reach 38°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

4
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Step out of the city life by going to Arches National Park and Colorado National Monument. Explore Moab's surroundings by going to Delicate Arch (in Arches National Park) and Island in the Sky (in Canyonlands National Park). Make the 16th (Thu) an unforgettable day with an extreme tour. There's still lots to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Moab journey maker tool .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Moab in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, expect Moab to be a bit warmer, temps between 42°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trips

Island in the Sky, Delicate Arch, Colorado National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Windstar Land Conservancy, then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen trip maker .

Drive from Moab to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or fly. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Moab in July; daily highs in Aspen reach 32°C and lows reach 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

1
day
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista route planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Buena Vista are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): cruise along Skyline Drive, then examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Canon City tour itinerary website .

Drive from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. In July, Canon City is somewhat warmer than Buena Vista - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Garden of the Gods, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs travel planner .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 17°C in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park

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