18 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Phoenix & Keystone Itinerary

18 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Phoenix & Keystone Itinerary

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18 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Phoenix & Keystone Itinerary

Start: Grand Canyon National Park
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 10 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Phoenix
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Keystone
— 3 nights
Drive:  16​h 45​min
End: Grand Canyon National Park

10
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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail, trek along South Kaibab Trail, don't miss a visit to Grand Canyon Village, and explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary maker tool .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Grand Canyon National Park. In May, daytime highs in Grand Canyon National Park are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Phoenix.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

3
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Musical Instrument Museum, then push the limits with an extreme tour, and then see the interesting displays at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden, admire the natural beauty at Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Phoenix route maker app .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Phoenix by car takes about 4 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May, with highs in Phoenix at 93°F and lows at 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Phoenix

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Musical Instrument Museum ©
Musical Instrument Museum
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Balloon Rides

3
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.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the activities along Sylvan Lake, get great views at Breezy Point Picnic Area, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and finally hike along Presidential Trail. On your second day here, go deep underground at Big Thunder Gold Mine, examine the collection at National Presidential Wax Museum, and then get in on the family fun at Rushmore Tramway Adventures.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Keystone trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Phoenix to Keystone in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Phoenix in May, things will get colder in Keystone: highs are around 59°F and lows about 37°F. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Custer
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road

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