9 days in Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park & Joshua Tree National Park Itinerary

9 days in Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park & Joshua Tree National Park Itinerary

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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Bus to Flagstaff, Fly to Joshua Tree National Park
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 3 nights

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Zion National Park — 3 nights

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Riverside Walk and Kanarra Creek. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel and Taylor Creek. The adventure continues: trek along Kayenta Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Checkerboard Mesa, stroll through Angel's Landing, and look for gifts at The Rock Stop.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park planner.

Springdale to Zion National Park is an approximately half hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 94°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 2 nights

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 11th (Mon), see the world from above with a helicopter tour, then explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, then stroll around Indian Garden, and finally take in breathtaking views at Inner Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Powell Point, take some stellar pictures from Maricopa Point, and then admire the striking features of Grand Canyon Railway Depot.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park journey planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. In July, Grand Canyon National Park is a bit cooler than Zion National Park - with highs of 84°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Joshua Tree National Park.
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Joshua Tree National Park — 3 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at General George S. Patton Memorial Museum and Keys Ranch. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arch Rock Nature Trail and Box Canyon Road. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cap Rock at Joshua Tree, hike along Cottonwood Spring, explore the striking landscape at Wonderland of Rocks, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Joshua Tree National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park to Joshua Tree National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Joshua Tree National Park: temperatures range from 103°F by day to 78°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.
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