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
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Petrified Forest National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​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.
On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try to win big at Paris Las Vegas, ponder the design of Fountains of Bellagio, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip maker tool .

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. Traveling from Jacksonville to Las Vegas, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Las Vegas can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Tue) before leaving for Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

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Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio

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 17th (Tue): admire the engineering at Hoover Dam, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, and then take some stellar pictures from Mather Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim and then hike along Bright Angel Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park journey planner.

Getting from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Las Vegas in March, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

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Side Trip

Hoover Dam
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail

2
nights
Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park ©
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Keep things going the next day: admire nature's extreme beauty at Painted Desert and then trek along Blue Mesa.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Petrified Forest National Park online journey builder .

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Petrified Forest National Park in 4 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Petrified Forest National Park can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

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Blue Mesa ©
Blue Mesa
Painted Desert ©
Painted Desert

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