17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5 h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
3
Silverton
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
5
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Shuttle:  2 h 45 min
6
Page
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Phoenix
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Denver: Colorado Springs (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Garden of the Gods, &more) and Idaho Springs (Bouck Brothers Distilling & River Rafting & Tubing). There's much more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, and see the interesting displays at National Ballpark Museum.

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Chicago to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Denver, with lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Breweries & Distilleries Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado Springs, Idaho Springs
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Battlefield Colorado ©
Battlefield Colorado

2
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 16th (Tue), sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Vail Recreation Path, then take in the pleasant sights at Vail Pass Path, and finally feel the romance at Vail Interfaith Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Vail trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Denver to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Denver in June, expect nights in Vail to be little chillier, around 45°F, while days are colder, around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Silverton.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Breckenridge
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Vail Pass Path ©
Vail Pass Path
Off-Road Tours
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

1
night
Silverton

Silverton ©
The town of Silverton is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in San Juan County, Colorado, United States. On the 18th (Thu), discover the riches below the earth's surface at Idarado Mine and then cruise along Million Dollar Highway.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Silverton itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Vail to Silverton in 5 hours. Traveling from Vail in June, expect nights in Silverton to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Silverton

Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Idarado Mine ©
Idarado Mine

2
nights
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
On the 19th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch, then don't miss a visit to Wolfe Ranch, then don't miss a visit to Delicate Arch, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Windows, and finally cruise along Arches National Park Scenic Drive.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Arches National Park tour itinerary builder app .

Getting from Silverton to Arches National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Silverton in June, expect nights in Arches National Park to be a bit warmer, around 61°F, while days are warmer, around 95°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get great views at Observation Point and then hike along The Narrows. On your second day here, trek along Angel's Landing and then explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

For maps and other tourist information, go to the Zion National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Zion National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Arches National Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Zion National Park, with lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Page.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Observation Point
Observation Point

3
nights
Page

Page ©
Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Step out of Page with an excursion to Cape Royal in Grand Canyon National Park--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Horseshoe Bend, enjoy some diversion at Gunfighter Canyon, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Page tour builder app .

Getting from Zion National Park to Page by combination of car and shuttle takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Page when traveling from Zion National Park in June, with lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Page

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Cape Royal
Highlights from your plan
Cape Royal ©
Cape Royal
Horseshoe Bend ©
Horseshoe Bend
Antelope Canyon ©
Antelope Canyon

2
nights
Sedona

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
On the 26th (Fri), hike along Broken Arrow Trail, see Off-Road Tours, and then explore and take pictures at Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of the Holy Cross, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sedona trip planning website .

You can drive from Page to Sedona in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Sedona can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Chapel of the Holy Cross ©
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock

2
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. On the 28th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Musical Instrument Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Phoenix trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Sedona to Phoenix takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a shuttle. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sedona in June: high temperatures in Phoenix hover around 107°F and lows are around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Outdoors Tours Museums
Highlights from your plan
Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Off-Road Tours
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix ©

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