7 days in Mesa Verde National Park, Arizona & Roswell Itinerary

7 days in Mesa Verde National Park, Arizona & Roswell Itinerary

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7 days in Mesa Verde National Park, Arizona & Roswell Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + taxi:  9​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Williams
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sedona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Scottsdale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Tombstone
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  8​h
7
Roswell
— 1 day
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

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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.
To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning tool .

Charlotte to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Charlotte in April, plan for slightly colder days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 65°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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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.
On the 11th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at South Kaibab Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park travel route builder tool .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In April, daytime highs in Grand Canyon National Park are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Williams.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Mather Point ©
Mather Point

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Williams

Williams ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Williams lies on one of the first highways ever built in America, the iconic "Route 66." The town boasts many inns, motels, restaurants, and shops, although its most important feature is serving as the southern terminus of a scenic railway leading to the area's most famous tourist attraction, the World Heritage-listed Grand Canyon.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Bearizona Wildlife Park, get engrossed in the history at Williams Depot, and then explore the stunning scenery at Sycamore Canyon.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Williams online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Williams takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Williams

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife
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Bearizona Wildlife Park ©
Bearizona Wildlife Park
Williams Depot ©
Williams Depot

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 13th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Holy Cross, and then explore the striking landscape at Cathedral Rock.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sedona trip maker app .

Drive from Williams to Sedona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Williams in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Sedona: highs are around 72°F and lows about 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Scottsdale.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park ©
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park

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Scottsdale

Scottsdale ©
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Desert Botanical Garden and then see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Scottsdale trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sedona to Scottsdale takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sedona in April; daily highs in Scottsdale reach 88°F and lows reach 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tombstone.

Things to do in Scottsdale

Museums Parks

Side Trip

Phoenix
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden

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Tombstone

Tombstone ©
Founded in 1877 as a mining camp, Tombstone became one of the most storied towns of the "Wild West." As one of the last frontier boomtowns in the United States, Tombstone prospered between 1880 and 1890, attracting cattle rustlers and outlaws.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): stop by Johnny One Dog's Tombstone Sarsaparilla, take an unorthodox tour of Bird Cage Theatre, then get engrossed in the history at O.K. Corral, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Boothilll Graveyard.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tombstone trip planner .

Getting from Scottsdale to Tombstone by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Scottsdale in April, expect Tombstone to be slightly colder, temps between 76°F and 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Roswell.

Things to do in Tombstone

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Boothilll Graveyard ©
Boothilll Graveyard
O.K. Corral ©
O.K. Corral
Bird Cage Theatre ©
Bird Cage Theatre

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Roswell

Roswell ©
Famed as the site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, the Roswell of today offers much more than alien research opportunities.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Historical Center for Southeast New Mexico and then see the interesting displays at International UFO Museum and Research Center.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Roswell trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tombstone to Roswell takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tombstone in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Roswell, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Roswell

Museums Historic Sites
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