9 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park & Keystone Itinerary

9 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park & Keystone Itinerary

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9 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park & Keystone Itinerary

Start: Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  13​h
2
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h
3
Keystone
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

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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 18th (Sun), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's lots more to do: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, stroll through Rim Trail, get great views at Yaki Point, and hike along South Kaibab Trail.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Grand Canyon National Park. March in Grand Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 22°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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

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nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 20th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bridalveil Fall, then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wawona Meadow. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): stroll through Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park journey maker tool .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Yosemite National Park by combination of bus, flight, and taxi takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In March, daytime highs in Yosemite National Park are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Badger Pass Ski Area ©
Badger Pass Ski Area
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Bridalveil Fall ©
Bridalveil Fall

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Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, then explore the fascinating underground world of Jewel Cave National Monument, and then look for gifts at Custer County Candy Co. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Things That Rock, contemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and then appreciate the history behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

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Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Yosemite National Park to Keystone takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Yosemite National Park to Keystone, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in March, plan for a bit cooler days in Keystone, with highs around 49°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Keystone

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Custer, Things That Rock, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Mount Rushmore National Memorial ©
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake
Jewel Cave National Monument ©
Jewel Cave National Monument

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