8 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park & Arches National Park Itinerary

8 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park & Arches National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park & Arches National Park Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + bus:  10​h
1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Arches National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Houston

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.
On the 29th (Sat), get great views at Lookout Studio. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, hike along South Kaibab Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip planner.

Houston to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Houston in June: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Watchman Trail and Zion National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Riverside Walk and Temple of Sinawava Trail. Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at The Narrows.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park road trip app .

Explore your travel options from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect Zion National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 94°F and 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park

1
night
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Sand Dune Arch, trek along Devils Garden Trailhead, and then explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Double Arch, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Windows.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Arches National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Arches National Park, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arches National Park

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Sand Dune Arch ©
Sand Dune Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace
Devils Garden Trailhead ©
Devils Garden Trailhead

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