8 days in St. George, Zion National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

8 days in St. George, Zion National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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8 days in St. George, Zion National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Santa Monica
Drive:  7​h
1
St. George
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h
End: Santa Monica

3
nights
St. George

St. George ©
St. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and then delve into the distant past at Anasazi Ridge Petroglyphs.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our St. George online attractions planner .

Santa Monica to St. George is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Santa Monica in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in St. George: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 64°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in St. George

Outdoors Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Anasazi Ridge Petroglyphs
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Red Cliffs National Conservation Area ©
Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum ©
Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Angel's Landing as well as Emerald Pools. On the 15th (Sun), trek along Riverside Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Watchman Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park road trip planner .

Traveling by car from St. George to Zion National Park takes an hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from St. George in September; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 84°F and lows reach 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

3
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.
Visiting Hermit Trail and Hermit Trail will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Powell Point and Hopi House. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of East Rim Drive, engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum, get great views at Lookout Studio, and take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Hermit Trail
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Yavapai Point ©
Yavapai Point
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive
Hermit Trail ©
Hermit Trail

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