10 days in Colorado & Arizona Itinerary

10 days in Colorado & Arizona Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly + Taxi:  5 h
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 45 min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Sedona
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Chicago

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Chicago to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Chicago in November; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 43°F and lows reach 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Nature Trails
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

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night
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online holiday planner.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Steamboat Springs in November: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 55°F, while lows dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hopi Point and Lipan Point. Visiting Grand Canyon South Rim and South Kaibab Trail will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in breathtaking views at Moran Point, admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, and enjoy breathtaking views from Desert View Watchtower.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park online trip planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In November in Grand Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 22°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Moran Point ©
Moran Point

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Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get some cultural insight at Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park and Palatki Ruins. Get in touch with nature at Fay Canyon Trail and Broken Arrow Trail. And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get a taste of local nightlife at Sedona Stargazing, shop like a local with Navarro Gallery & Sculpture Garden, and explore the stunning scenery at Boynton Canyon Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sedona road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in November, you will find days in Sedona are somewhat warmer (64°F), and nights are warmer (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Fay Canyon Trail ©
Fay Canyon Trail
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park ©
Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park
Spas & Wellness

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