8 days in Wyoming, Utah & Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Wyoming, Utah & Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States sightseeing planner

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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Zion National Park
— 1 night
— 2 nights
— 2 nights


Yellowstone National Park

— 2 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Step out of Yellowstone National Park to go to Grand Teton National Park and see Grand Teton, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, witness a stunning natural landmark at Upper Geyser Basin, and admire the sheer force of Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary builder.

Newark to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Newark in October, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 47°F and lows at 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Zion National Park

— 1 night
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Yellowstone National Park to Zion National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, expect nights in Zion National Park to be a bit warmer, around 36°F, while days are much warmer, around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip


— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 27th (Wed), head outdoors with Deep Desert Expeditions and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Moab trip planner.

Drive from Zion National Park to Moab in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Moab when traveling from Zion National Park in October, with lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature


— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around The John Denver Sanctuary and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Aspen vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Moab to Aspen takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and flight. In October, Aspen is a bit cooler than Moab - with highs of 60°F and lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Wyoming travel guide

Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · History Museums
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.

Utah travel guide

Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.

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.