Most people who visit the Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon are missing a bunch of amazing national parks nearby. Antelope Canyon, Marble Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs, Bryce Canon and Zion National Park are all within driving distance of Las Vegas and are just as naturally beautiful. If you’re itching to get on the road and head west – here’s an epic 6 day western national parks road trip from Vegas!
- Las Vegas
- Grand Canyon
- Antelope Canyon
- Bryce Canyon
- Zion National Park
DAY 1 – LAS VEGAS TO GRAND CANYON
Las Vegas can be surprisingly enjoyable, even for non-gamblers. The architecture of the buildings, the vibrant atmosphere, the lights, and the outlet store shopping are sure to impress. Don’t miss going to Fremont Street at night. Fremont Street is the old strip, and the light show (known as the Fremont Experience, displayed on a giant screen on the ceiling) is well worth seeing.
You can stay on the strip to be in the middle of the action, but if you don’t like hoards of people, try staying just off the strip at Staybridge Suites. This option is cheaper and more modern than the older Vegas hotels on the strip.Where to stay: Staybridge Suites Las Vegas
From Vegas, drive to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Be sure to stop in at the famous Hoover Dam along the way.
DAY 2 – GRAND CANYON
The Grand Canyon is spectacular to say the least, and there is plenty to do in and around Grand Canyon Village. Be sure to visit all the lookouts to the west of the village, watch a native American performance (which are free but they take donations), visit some galleries, and take a helicopter tour. Though not cheap, the flight is well worth the money as it gives you a good overall perspective of this mighty canyon and how it is carved so deep into a flat plane.Check out our guide to visiting the Grand Canyon
DAY 3 – GRAND CANYON TO PAGE VIA ANTELOPE CANYON
As you leave the Grand Canyon the next morning, make sure you stop at all the lookouts east of the village. You’d think that after a while you might get sick of seeing the canyon but no, every lookout has a different view equally as stunning as the last.
Stop in at Antelope Canyon on your way to Page. This canyon is not easy to find as the signage is quite small and you can’t see the canyon from the road. Head east on highway 98 until you get to Indian Rte 222. There is a canyon to the north and a canyon to the south. Both are managed by the Navajo Indians and you need to take a tour with them to go into the Canyon.
These slot canyons are narrow and deep with a sand bottom. You have to climb down some stairs to get in but once there it is flat all the way. Try to go around midday as this is when the sun streams in from the top and you can get fantastic colors in your photos.Where to stay: Days Inn Page AZ
DAY 4 – PAGE TO BRYCE CANYON
The drive to Bryce Canyon takes a good half a day with lots of sightseeing stops. Definitely stop in at Marble Canyon and Vermillion Cliffs along the way.
Bryce Canyon is another stunning natural wonderland with its hoodoos of beautiful pink, cream and orange. If you have time, do the walk into the valley floor just to be amongst all those lovely colors. Make sure you book ahead, as accommodation here fills up far in advance.Where to stay: Bryce Canyon Inn
DAY 5 – BRYCE CANYON TO ZION NATIONAL PARK
Head back towards Las Vegas via the 9 highway. This will lead you to the beautiful Zion National Park. This national park is not one of the most famous in the US, but it should be. Most people visit Zion just because they’re passing through, but are surprised by how unbelievably scenic it is. The park’s yellow and orange rock-like mountains surround some scattered forest, rivers, waterfalls, and wildlife.Where to stay: Zion National Park Lodge
DAY 6 – ZION NATIONAL PARK TO LAS VEGAS
Head back to Las Vegas.