9 days in Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park & Petrified Forest National Park Itinerary

9 days in Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park & Petrified Forest National Park Itinerary

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9 days in Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park & Petrified Forest National Park Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Petrified Forest National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Jacksonville

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.
When in Las Vegas, make a side trip to see Hoover Dam in Boulder City, approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, see the interesting displays at The Neon Museum, don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and take in panoramic vistas at High Roller.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas online itinerary planner .

Jacksonville to Las Vegas is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Jacksonville to Las Vegas. In March, daytime highs in Las Vegas are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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Side Trip

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

3
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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, wildlife, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, trek along South Kaibab Trail, and take in panoramic vistas at Desert View Watchtower.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in March, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are little chillier (57°F), and nights are colder (23°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail

1
night
Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park ©
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the fascinating landscape at Painted Desert, don't miss a visit to Painted Desert Inn, and then hike along Blue Mesa.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Petrified Forest National Park travel route tool .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Petrified Forest National Park in 4 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Painted Desert ©
Painted Desert
Blue Mesa ©
Blue Mesa
Painted Desert Inn ©
Painted Desert Inn

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