8 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas & Badlands National Park Itinerary

8 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas & Badlands National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas & Badlands National Park Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly + bus:  13​h 30​min
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Miami

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): trek along Bright Angel Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): stroll through Rim Trail and then take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park online sightseeing planner .

Miami to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In March, Grand Canyon National Park is much colder than Miami - with highs of 57°F and lows of 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hoover Dam in Boulder City (about 50 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, admire the local landmark of Fountains of Bellagio, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and enjoy some diversion at Paris Las Vegas.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Las Vegas online vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 74°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hoover Dam
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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

2
nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Panorama Point Overlook, explore and take pictures at Loop Road, then take in the dramatic natural features at Badlands Wall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Big Badlands Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Burns Basin Overlook.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Badlands National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Las Vegas to Badlands National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in March; daily highs in Badlands National Park reach 52°F and lows reach 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive
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Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Big Badlands Overlook ©
Big Badlands Overlook
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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