6 days in Vail, Rocky Mountain National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

6 days in Vail, Rocky Mountain National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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Vail
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Vail

Vail ©

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 26th (Sat), see Sage Outdoor Adventures and then relax and rejuvenate at Simply Massage.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Vail route maker.

New York City to Vail is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Vail reach 25°F and lows reach 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife · Tours

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Sage Outdoor Adventures ©
Sage Outdoor Adventures
Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Simply Massage ©
Simply Massage

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park route builder app.

You can drive from Vail to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Vail in December, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are warmer (46°F), and nights are about the same (17°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors · Nature · Trails · Wildlife
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Milner Pass
Milner Pass

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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 29th (Tue): explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and then stop by Tusayan General Store. On the next day, make a trip to Grand Canyon Village and then take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park trip builder app.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, flight, and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Nature · Parks · Tours · Shopping

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Grand Canyon Village ©
Grand Canyon Village
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Helicopter Tours

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