8 days in Williams, Grand Canyon National Park & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

8 days in Williams, Grand Canyon National Park & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

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Williams
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
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Williams

— 1 night
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Williams lies on one of the first highways ever built in America, the iconic "Route 66." The town boasts many inns, motels, restaurants, and shops, although its most important feature is serving as the southern terminus of a scenic railway leading to the area's most famous tourist attraction, the World Heritage-listed Grand Canyon.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stop by Thunder Eagle Native Art and then explore the stunning scenery at Sycamore Canyon.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Williams trip itinerary planner.

Philadelphia to Williams is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Williams. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Philadelphia in May: high temperatures in Williams hover around 67°F and lows are around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Williams

Shopping · Nature · Parks

Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Bring the kids along to South Kaibab Trail and Kolb Studio. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Yaki Point and Yavapai Point. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Lookout Studio, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, and stroll around Indian Garden.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip builder.

Traveling by car from Williams to Grand Canyon National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Grand Canyon National Park when traveling from Williams in May, with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Mesa Verde National Park

— 3 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House, admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Farming Terraces. Keep things going the next day: hike along Spruce Canyon Trail, trek along Soda Canyon Overlook Trail, and then make a trip to Park Point.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In May in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 38°F at night. On the 28th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature