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

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
Santa Fe
— 11 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
3
Denver
— 8 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: London

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Taos Ski Valley and Pecos National Historical Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at El Santuario de Chimayo and San Miguel Chapel. Venture out of the city with trips to Taos (La Hacienda del los Martinez & Millicent Rogers Museum), San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church (in Ranchos De Taos) and Jemez Springs (Jemez Hot Springs: Home of The Giggling Springs & Valles Caldera National Preserve). Next up on the itinerary: engage your brain at Bradbury Science Museum, wander the streets of Barrio de Analco, explore the world behind art at Ghost Ranch, and learn about winemaking at La Chiripada Winery.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Santa Fe itinerary website .

London, UK to Santa Fe is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. When traveling from London in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Santa Fe, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taos, Jemez Springs, Chimayo, Ghost Ranch, Taos Ski Valley
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Taos Ski Valley ©
Taos Ski Valley
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): examine the collection at Kolb Studio, then take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and finally take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Pipe Creek Vista, get great views at Navajo Point, and then get outside with Shoshone Point.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park sightseeing app .

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Grand Canyon National Park takes 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in May; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 23°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Denver.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature Parks Nightlife
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Granby Ranch and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Benson Park Sculpture Garden and Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Arapahoe Basin (in Keystone), Roxborough State Park (in Littleton) and Many Parks Curve Overlook (in Rocky Mountain National Park). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake, see the interesting displays at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, and shop like a local with Never Summer Mountain Products.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Denver trip builder .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and train from Grand Canyon National Park to Denver takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Denver, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Fort Collins, Grand Lake, Many Parks Curve Overlook, Granby Ranch, St Mary's Glacier
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Granby Ranch ©
Granby Ranch
Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
St Mary's Glacier ©
St Mary's Glacier

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