18 days in Colorado, Utah & Arizona Itinerary

18 days in Colorado, Utah & Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary planner

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Vail
— 1 night
Drive
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Moab
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sedona
— 4 nights
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Vail

— 1 night

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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 15th (Mon), fly down the slopes at Vail / Beaver Creek Resort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beaver Creek Ski Area, and then stroll through Vail Mountain Resort.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Vail day trip planning app.

Manila, Philippines to Vail is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippine Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 15 hours. In March, Vail is colder than Manila - with highs of 0°C and lows of -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls, and then take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Vail to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. While traveling from Vail, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 8°C to lows of -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grandstaff Canyon Trail and Turret Arch. Visiting Arches National Park and Double Arch will get you outdoors. Step out of Moab with an excursion to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bike Fiend, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Moab route planner.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Moab takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In March, Moab is somewhat warmer than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 19°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Get in touch with nature at Canyon Overlook Trail and Zion's Main Canyon. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and Zion Shuttle. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park, cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and hike along Angel's Landing.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Zion National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Moab to Zion National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Capitol Reef National Park

— 1 night
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): hike along The Hickman Bridge Trail and then explore the striking landscape of Capitol Reef National Park .

To find reviews and more tourist information, read our Capitol Reef National Park sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Capitol Reef National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Zion National Park in March: high temperatures in Capitol Reef National Park hover around 11°C and lows are around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at South Kaibab Trail and Tonto Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon South Rim and Rim Trail. There's lots more to do: get great views at Mather Point, trek along Bright Angel Trail, and take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in March: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 16°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Sedona

— 4 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Red Rock State Park and Broken Arrow Trail. Get outdoors at Boynton Canyon Trail and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's lots more to do: hike along Doe Mountain Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at West Fork Oak Creek Trail, and admire the majestic nature at Slide Rock State Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sedona trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Sedona, with highs around 22°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 8°C. You will leave for home on the 30th (Tue).

Things to do in Sedona

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Colorado travel guide

4.4
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.

Utah travel guide

4.7
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
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.

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.