10 days in Colorado & Arizona Itinerary

10 days in Colorado & Arizona Itinerary

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Start: Chicago
Fly:  5 h
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  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
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 more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Chicago to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, 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 Outdoors
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Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

1
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.

To see maps, 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 flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. 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

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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Hopi Point. Visiting Lipan Point and Yavapai Point will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in breathtaking views at Moran Point, trek along South Kaibab Trail, enjoy breathtaking views from Desert View Watchtower, and make a trip to Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In November, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 22°F. 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 Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Moran Point ©
Moran Point
Lipan Point ©
Lipan Point

4
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Get some cultural insight at Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park and Navarro Gallery & Sculpture Garden. Get in touch with nature at Fay Canyon Trail and Airport Mesa. 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, look for all kinds of wild species at Red Rock State Park, and trek along Doe Mountain Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, 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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