15 days in Memphis, Amarillo & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

15 days in Memphis, Amarillo & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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Memphis
— 4 nights
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Amarillo
— 3 nights
Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Columbia

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Memphis

— 4 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Attractions like Sun Studio and National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Memphis: Olive Branch (Cherokee Valley Golf Club & Olive Branch City Park). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Graceland, see the sky in a new way at Sharpe Planetarium, get to know the resident critters at Memphis Zoo, and admire the striking features of The Orpheum Theatre.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Memphis road trip planner.

Columbia to Memphis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Columbia to Memphis due to the time zone difference. July in Memphis sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 74°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Amarillo.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Golf

Side Trip

Amarillo

— 3 nights

Yellow Rose of Texas

Known as "The Yellow Rose of Texas," Amarillo was once a series of ranches.
Kids will enjoy Cowgirls and Cowboys in the West and Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Amarillo side-trips: Old West Stables (in Canyon), Pampa H20 Aquatic Center (in Pampa) and Goodnight (Buffalo Gold/Herd Wear Retail Store & The Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight Ranch State Historical Site). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and make a trip to Cadillac Ranch.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Amarillo trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Memphis to Amarillo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Amarillo when traveling from Memphis in July, with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Amarillo

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Grand Canyon National Park

— 6 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Attractions like Grand Canyon South Rim and Rim Trail make great kid-friendly stops. On the 16th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. Next up on the itinerary: hike along South Kaibab Trail, take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive, and stroll through Tanner Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park driving holiday tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Amarillo to Grand Canyon National Park in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Amarillo to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Amarillo in July; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 84°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive