16 days in United States Itinerary

16 days in United States Itinerary

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Aspen
— 1 night
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
3
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
4
Zion National Park
— 5 nights
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights

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Aspen

Aspen ©
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 11th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, trek along Lost Man Trail, and then hike along Linkins Lake Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, explore the landscape on two wheels at Castle Creek Road, and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen holiday maker.

Santa Barbara to Aspen is an approximately 6-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Barbara to Aspen, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santa Barbara in July: highs in Aspen hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
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Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 13th (Mon), hike along Upper Beaver Meadows Trailhead, take in the awesome beauty at Deer Mountain, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, then take a peaceful walk through Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally trek along Emerald Lake Trail. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Calypso Cascades, admire the sheer force of Ouzel Falls, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, and finally hike along Lily Lake Trailhead.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park planning website.

Getting from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Aspen in July, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Ouzel  Falls ©
Ouzel Falls
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge, explore the stunning scenery at Agua Canyon, explore the stunning scenery at Ponderosa Canyon, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Widtsoe Ghost Town, and finally look for gifts at Ruby's Inn. On your second day here, get great views at Fairyland Point, look for all kinds of wild species at Bryce Amphitheatre, then stroll through Navajo Loop Trail, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park online route planner.

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 11 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July; daily highs in Bryce Canyon National Park reach 81°F and lows reach 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Bryce, Ruby's Inn
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Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge
Bryce Amphitheatre ©
Bryce Amphitheatre
Agua Canyon ©
Agua Canyon

5
nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel and Kayenta Trail. Visiting Zion National Park and The Subway will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Checkerboard Mesa, see a world frozen in time at Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town), hike along Riverside Walk, and explore the striking landscape of The Narrows.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park road trip tool.

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in July, expect Zion National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 94°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town)
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk

3
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hopi Point and Yavapai Point. Get in touch with nature at Grand Canyon South Rim and Yaki Point. And it doesn't end there: get great views at The Abyss, take in the pleasant sights at Pipe Creek Vista, shop like a local with Lookout Studio, and take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon.

To plan Grand Canyon National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by shuttle from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 10 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 84°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Abyss ©
The Abyss
Inner Canyon ©
Inner Canyon
Hopi Point ©
Hopi Point

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