9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Joshua Tree National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Mojave
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Newark

2
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Lost Palms Oasis Trail and then appreciate the views at Hidden Valley Nature Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary tool .

Newark to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST) is minus 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Newark in December: highs in Joshua Tree National Park hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mojave.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Wonderland of Rocks ©
Wonderland of Rocks
Eureka Peak ©
Eureka Peak
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail

1
night
Mojave

Mojave
On the 30th (Mon), hike along Mojave Trail.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mojave holiday planner .

Drive from Joshua Tree National Park to Mojave in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Mojave can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Mojave

Trails Parks Outdoors

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Las Vegas: Boulder City (Tom Devlin's Monster Museum & Hoover Dam). The adventure continues: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, make a trip to The Strip, enjoy breathtaking views from Stratosphere Tower, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Mojave to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. In December in Las Vegas, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Boulder City
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore and take pictures at Observation Point and then trek along The Narrows.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zion National Park travel planner .

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Las Vegas to Zion National Park is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in January, expect Zion National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 52°F and 23°F. On the 4th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature Parks Trails
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion's Main Canyon ©
Zion's Main Canyon

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