8 days in Denver, Grand Canyon National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

8 days in Denver, Grand Canyon National Park & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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South Lake Tahoe
— 1 night

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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 12th (Wed), explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then contemplate the long history of Denver Union Station. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Denver trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Denver. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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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.
Visiting Grand Canyon South Rim and Rim Trail will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kolb Studio and Hermit's Rest. Next up on the itinerary: hike along South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Mather Point, and get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Denver to Grand Canyon National Park by combination of flight and bus takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Denver in June since evenings lows in Grand Canyon National Park dip to 42°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
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South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe ©
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
On the 18th (Tue), kick back and relax at Lakeside Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pope Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to South Lake Tahoe in 12 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to South Lake Tahoe. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in South Lake Tahoe, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Pope Beach ©
Pope Beach
Lakeside Beach ©
Lakeside Beach

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