29 days in Wyoming, Utah & Colorado Itinerary

29 days in Wyoming, Utah & Colorado Itinerary

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29 days in Wyoming, Utah & Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  9​h
1
Grand Teton National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cody
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h
4
Zion National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Mexican Hat
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + foot:  9​h 45​min
End: New York City

5
nights
Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park ©
The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Take a break from the city and head to Oxbow Bend and Antelope Flats. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Inspiration Point and Jenny Lake. Take a break from Grand Teton National Park with a short trip to Laurance Rockefeller Preserve in Jackson, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Signal Mountain Summit Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Jackson Lake, steep yourself in history at Mormon Row Historic District, and explore the striking landscape of Oxbow Bend Turnout, Grand Teton National Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Teton National Park day trip planning tool .

New York City to Grand Teton National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Grand Teton National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Jackson Hole
Highlights from your plan
Mormon Row Historic District ©
Mormon Row Historic District
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve ©
Laurance Rockefeller Preserve
Oxbow Bend ©
Oxbow Bend

7
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Your inner history buff will appreciate S Rim Trail and Uncle Tom's Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Biscuit Basin and Firehole Canyon Drive. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mud Volcano, hike along Artist Point, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, and take some stellar pictures from Observation Point Trail.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Yellowstone National Park, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cody.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
S Rim Trail ©
S Rim Trail
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Firehole Canyon Drive ©
Firehole Canyon Drive

3
nights
Cody

Cody ©
A genuine cowboy city, Cody is famous for its nightly rodeos and its proximity to the protected wilderness areas of the world's first national park, now designated as one of the country's World Heritage Sites.
Visit Heart Mountain Interpretive Center and Old Trail Town for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cody Dug Up Gun Museum and Cody Firearms Museum. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museum of the Plains Indian, get engrossed in the history at Old West Miniature Village and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Whitney Gallery, and admire the engineering at Buffalo Bill Dam.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Cody trip planner .

You can drive from Yellowstone National Park to Cody in 2.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Yellowstone National Park in September: high temperatures in Cody hover around 71°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Cody

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Heart Mountain Interpretive Center
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Heart Mountain Interpretive Center ©
Heart Mountain Interpretive Center
Cody Firearms Museum ©
Cody Firearms Museum
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum ©
Cody Dug Up Gun Museum

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Weeping Rock Trail and Kolob Canyons. Get outdoors at Observation Point and Canyon Overlook Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to The Rock Stop (in Orderville), Cedar Breaks National Monument (in Cedar City) and Kanab (Moqui Cave & Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park). There's more to do: take a memorable drive along Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and car from Cody to Zion National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. When traveling from Cody in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Zion National Park: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kanab, The Rock Stop, Cedar Breaks National Monument Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway ©
Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway
Canyon Overlook Trail ©
Canyon Overlook Trail
Kolob Canyons ©
Kolob Canyons

4
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Queen's Garden Trail and Kodachrome Basin State Park. Visiting Sunset Point and Navajo Loop Trail will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Sunrise Point, enjoy breathtaking views from Bryce Point, snap pictures at Natural Bridge, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Red Canyon.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, things will get a bit cooler in Bryce Canyon National Park: highs are around 71°F and lows about 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mexican Hat.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Red Canyon, Natural Bridge, Kodachrome Basin State Park
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Kodachrome Basin State Park ©
Kodachrome Basin State Park

2
nights
Mexican Hat

Mexican Hat ©
Mexican Hat is a census-designated place (CDP) on the San Juan River on the northern edge of the Navajo Nations borders in south-central San Juan County, Utah, United States. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours and then examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Gods and then steep yourself in history at Bluff Fort Historic Site.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mexican Hat attractions planning app .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Mexican Hat in 5 hours. In September, Mexican Hat is somewhat warmer than Bryce Canyon National Park - with highs of 79°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Mexican Hat

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trips

Monument Valley, Bluff Fort Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.
Bluff Fort Historic Site ©
Bluff Fort Historic Site
Valley of the Gods ©
Valley of the Gods

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 28th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online attractions planner .

You can drive from Mexican Hat to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Mexican Hat in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 45°F. You will leave for home on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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