11 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park & Keystone Itinerary

11 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park & Keystone Itinerary

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11 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park & Keystone Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
train + bus + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  10​h 30​min
2
Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
3
Keystone
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at North Kaibab Trail and Grand Canyon South Rim. Yavapai Geology Museum and Kolb Studio will appeal to museum buffs. On the 1st (Wed), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: hike along Rim Trail, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and stop by Hopi House.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park travel route app .

Washington DC to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Grand Canyon National Park is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Washington DC in July, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

2
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Visiting Yellowstone National Park and Upper Geyser Basin will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, take in the natural beauty of Grand Prismatic Spring, admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls, and get to know the fascinating history of Uncle Tom's Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Grand Canyon National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 10.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, with highs in Yellowstone National Park at 70°F and lows at 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Artist Point ©
Artist Point
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Family-friendly places like Mammoth Site of Hot Springs and Big Thunder Gold Mine will thrill your kids. Get in touch with nature at Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Change things up with these side-trips from Keystone: Wall Drug (in Wall) and Custer (Needles Eye Tunnel & Sylvan Lake).

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Keystone journey planning tool .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Yellowstone National Park to Keystone in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August, Keystone is a bit warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 77°F and lows of 51°F. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Custer, Wall Drug, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Custer State Park ©
Custer State Park
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel

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