8 days in Denver & Utah Itinerary

8 days in Denver & Utah Itinerary

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8 days in Denver & Utah Itinerary

Start: Wichita
Fly:  3​h
1
Denver
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Moab
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Blanding
— Few hours
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Wichita

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Mon), engage your brain at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Denver vacation planner.

Wichita to Denver is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Wichita in October, with highs in Denver at 66°F and lows at 40°F. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Nightlife Childrens Museums
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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nights
Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Grand View Point Overlook, then get great views at Green River Overlook, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Canyonlands National Park vacation trip planner.

Getting from Denver to Canyonlands National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch
Grand View Point Overlook ©
Grand View Point Overlook

4
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Step out of the city life by going to Wilson's Arch and Potash Road. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Windows and Off-Road & ATV Trails. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get interesting insight from Tours, make a trip to Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites, and take in the exciting artwork at Tom Till Gallery.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Moab itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Moab takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in October, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Blanding.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Windows
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Wilson's Arch ©
Wilson's Arch
Off-Road & ATV Trails
River Rafting & Tubing

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Blanding

Blanding ©
Blanding is a city in San Juan County, Utah, United States. On the 15th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Dinosaur Museum and then contemplate the long history of Bluff Fort Historic Site.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Blanding trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Moab to Blanding takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Moab in October, you will find days in Blanding are a bit cooler (63°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Blanding

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bluff Fort Historic Site
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Bluff Fort Historic Site ©
Bluff Fort Historic Site
The Dinosaur Museum ©
The Dinosaur Museum

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