8 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Colorado & Missouri Itinerary

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Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Durango
— 1 night
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Cañon City
— 1 night
— 1 night
Saint Louis
— 1 night


Grand Canyon National Park — 2 nights

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 8th (Thu), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, cruise along East Rim Drive, hike along South Kaibab Trail, and take some stellar pictures from Grandview Point.

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New York City to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from New York City in June, Grand Canyon National Park is colder at night with lows of 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Durango — 1 night

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Durango day trip app.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Durango in 8 hours. June in Durango sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Buena Vista.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
Highlights from your trip

Buena Vista — 1 night

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 12th (Mon), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Drive from Durango to Buena Vista in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle, taxi, and bus. While traveling from Durango, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cañon City.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Cañon City — 1 night

Climate Capital of Colorado

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cañon City road trip planner.

You can drive from Buena Vista to Cañon City in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in June; daily highs in Cañon City reach 89°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Branson.
Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
Highlights from your trip

Branson — 1 night

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
On the 14th (Wed), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then find something for the whole family at Silver Dollar City.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Branson itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Cañon City to Branson takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Cañon City in June, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Branson: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Saint Louis.
Theme Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Saint Louis — 1 night

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
On the 15th (Thu), get to know the resident critters at Saint Louis Zoo, appreciate the history behind The Gateway Arch, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

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Drive from Branson to Saint Louis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. June in Saint Louis sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Colorado travel guide

River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

Missouri travel guide

Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.