11 days in Los Angeles, Grand Canyon National Park & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

11 days in Los Angeles, Grand Canyon National Park & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

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11 days in Los Angeles, Grand Canyon National Park & Rocky Mountain National Park Itinerary

Start: Sioux Falls
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  13​h
3
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  12​h
End: Sioux Falls

4
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Let the collections at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum and Griffith Observatory capture your imagination. You'll get in some beach time at Huntington Dog Beach and Victoria Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Los Angeles: Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel (in Rancho Palos Verdes), Manhattan Beach (in Manhattan Beach) and Redondo Beach (in Redondo Beach). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through 26-Mile Bike Path, get to know the fascinating history of Venice Canals Walkway, kick back and relax at Newport Beach, and see the interesting displays at Petersen Automotive Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Los Angeles road trip planner .

Sioux Falls to Los Angeles is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sioux Falls to Los Angeles. June in Los Angeles sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Glass Church / Wayfarers Chapel, Victoria Beach, Newport Beach
Highlights from your plan
26-Mile Bike Path ©
26-Mile Bike Path
Newport Beach ©
Newport Beach
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center

2
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hermit Trail and Yavapai Point. Escape the urban bustle at Kolb Studio and East Rim Drive. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Powell Point, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, contemplate the long history of Hermit's Rest, and admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip maker tool .

You can drive from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Grand Canyon National Park is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Los Angeles in July since evenings lows in Grand Canyon National Park dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mather Point ©
Mather Point
Hermit Trail ©
Hermit Trail
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the activities along Sprague Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, and then hike along Cub Lake Trail. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, then cruise along Old Fall River Road, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker tool .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 13 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, things will get a bit warmer in Rocky Mountain National Park: highs are around 91°F and lows about 59°F. You'll set off for home on the 8th (Mon).

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sprague Lake ©
Sprague Lake
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

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