8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

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8 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Drive:  7​h 15​min
1
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Monument Valley
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

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night
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.
For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip itinerary tool .

Los Angeles to Zion National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, expect little chillier with lows of 41°F in Zion National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail

2
nights
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 6th (Mon), hike along Peek-A-Boo Loop. Keep things going the next day: go for a walk through Paria View, hike along Queen's Garden Trail, then trek along Rim Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Rainbow Point.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Zion National Park in May, with highs in Bryce Canyon National Park at 63°F and lows at 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop
Rainbow Point ©
Rainbow Point
Paria View ©
Paria View

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night
Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Gifford Homestead, then trek along The Hickman Bridge Trail, then admire the landmark architecture of Fruita Schoolhouse, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Goosenecks Overlook.

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You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 3.5 hours. In May in Capitol Reef National Park, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Goosenecks Overlook ©
Goosenecks Overlook
Gifford Homestead ©
Gifford Homestead
Fruita Schoolhouse ©
Fruita Schoolhouse

1
day
Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): trek along Wildcat Trail, then make a trip to Forrest Gump Point, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Monument Valley trip planner.

Getting from Capitol Reef National Park to Monument Valley by car takes about 5.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in May: high temperatures in Monument Valley hover around 74°F and lows are around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Forrest Gump Point
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Forrest Gump Point ©
Forrest Gump Point
Wildcat Trail ©
Wildcat Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bright Angel Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Hermit's Rest, take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park route planning tool .

Getting from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. In May, Grand Canyon National Park is a bit cooler than Monument Valley - with highs of 68°F and lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Hermit's Rest ©
Hermit's Rest

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