7 days in Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park & New Mexico Itinerary

7 days in Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park & New Mexico Itinerary

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7 days in Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park & New Mexico Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
3
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at The Neon Museum, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and finally shop like a local with The Strip. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Las Vegas trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Newark to Las Vegas is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Newark to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Newark in December: highs in Las Vegas hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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The Strip ©
The Strip
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): trek along South Kaibab Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park road trip tool .

You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in December, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 15°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Bandelier National Monument, explore the striking landscape at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, don't miss a visit to Canyon Road, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Santa Fe Plaza, admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument, then identify plant and animal life at Valles Caldera National Preserve, and finally look for gifts at Wind River Trading Company.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe trip maker site .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Santa Fe in 7.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 22°F. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Valles Caldera National Preserve, Bandelier National Monument, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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