24 days in Santa Fe, Grand Canyon National Park & Denver Itinerary

24 days in Santa Fe, Grand Canyon National Park & Denver Itinerary

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1
Santa Fe
— 11 nights
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
3
Denver
— 8 nights

11
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like San Miguel Chapel and El Santuario de Chimayo. Step out of the city life by going to Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs and Taos Ski Valley Resort. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church (in Ranchos De Taos), Pecos National Historical Park (in Pecos) and Taos (La Hacienda del los Martinez & Millicent Rogers Museum). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fort Union National Monument, examine the collection at Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve, and indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Santa Fe visit planner.

London, UK to Santa Fe is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 7 hours. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Santa Fe, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taos, Chimayo, Jemez Springs, La Chiripada Winery, Taos Ski Valley Resort
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San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church ©
San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church
Fort Union National Monument ©
Fort Union National Monument
Pecos National Historical Park ©
Pecos National Historical Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): examine the collection at Kolb Studio, take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, thentake in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon. On your second day here, make a trip to Pipe Creek Vista, take some stellar pictures from Navajo Point, and then take some stellar pictures from Shoshone Point.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning app.

You can drive from Santa Fe to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Traveling from Santa Fe in May, things will get a bit cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Powell Point ©
Powell Point
Navajo Point ©
Navajo Point

8
nights
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.
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and Benson Park Sculpture Garden are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Horsetooth Mountain Open Space and Arapahoe Basin. Get out of town with these interesting Denver side-trips: Granby Ranch (in Granby), Roxborough State Park (in Littleton) and Many Parks Curve Overlook (in Rocky Mountain National Park). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Forney Museum of Transportation, stop by Never Summer Mountain Products, kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at St Mary's Glacier.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Denver takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May since evenings lows in Denver dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Fort Collins, Grand Lake, Granby Ranch, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Arapahoe Basin
Highlights from your plan
Arapahoe Basin ©
Arapahoe Basin
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier

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