8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 15​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Winslow
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Grand Canyon National Park

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Hammer, take in the dramatic natural features at Wall Street, look for all kinds of wild species at Rim Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Queen Victoria, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park day trip website .

Minneapolis to Bryce Canyon National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. Traveling from Minneapolis to Bryce Canyon National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 46°F in Bryce Canyon National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Thor's Hammer ©
Thor's Hammer
Wall Street ©
Wall Street
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pine Valley Chapel and Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pa'rus Trail and Checkerboard Mesa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zion National Park: Aspen Mirror Lake (in Duck Creek Village), Parowan Cemetery (in Parowan) and Brian Head Resort (in Brian Head). Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Court of the Patriarchs. Spend the 30th (Fri) exploring nature at East Rim Trail. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park, stroll through Temple of Sinawava Trail, trek along Riverside Walk, and admire all the interesting features of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park tour itinerary planner.

Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Nature Trails
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Balcony House and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Long House, hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph Point Hike, then admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Zion National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. August in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Winslow.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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Winslow

Winslow ©
Winslow is a city in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Four Corners Monument as well as Meteor Crater. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): make a trip to Four Corners Monument, then delve into the lush surroundings at Rainbow Forest, then steep yourself in history at Agate House, and finally hike along Blue Mesa. Keep things going the next day: stop by Geronimo's Trading Post, then identify plant and animal life at Long Logs Loop, then explore the fascinating landscape at Devil's Playground, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Petrified Forest National Park.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Winslow day trip planning app .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Winslow in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Winslow when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Winslow

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Petrified Forest National Park, Holbrook, Four Corners Monument
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Blue Mesa ©
Blue Mesa
Meteor Crater ©
Meteor Crater
Homolovi State Park ©
Homolovi State Park

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