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  1. Default 10 days touring National park around Las vegas

    we are scheduling 10 days road trip from los angels to las vegas and visit 5 national park there. including death valley, grand canyon, bryce, zion, arches then leave to yosemite and san francisco. Is there anybody can give some itinerary suggestion? the trip will be in late July and August.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia

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    Hi, and Welcome to the Great American Roadtrip Forum.

    If you are planning on staying within the NPs - highly recommended - you will need to get onto booking your accommodation a.s.a.p. Accommodation within the parks is limited and much sought after. Especially GC and Yosemite.

    Your planned trip is in fact one of the most discussed trips on this forum. The order I suggest is to go from LA direct to GC followed by Arches via Monument Valley. Then UT12 - an incredibly scenic route - will take you to Bryce, and Zion. After visiting LV you could visit Yosemite via Death Valley. If you will be heading back to LA, I suggest you plan on taking the PCH CA1.

    Time is going to be an issue with only 10 days so you may have to make some choices. I'd allocate two nights to each of the GC and Yosemite and the PCH from SF to LA takes two days to drive.

    Get yourself a good paper map and see where and how all those places relate to each other. Real maps are invaluable for the planning to get the overall view, and they are essential on the road.

    Enjoy the planning.


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

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    Hello and welcome to the RTA forums !

    Your first priority should be to get your lodgings sorted, you may already have problems finding availability inside the National Parks. You are going to have to keep on the move to get around in ten days but it's quite possible while remaining enjoyable. Bryce canyon is a place that can be enjoyed in a relatively short space of time as the main views are just a few steps from the car and half a day would do it. When you arrive, visit the viewpoint at the far end of the canyon first and then the others on the way back up. This will put them all on your side of the road and you won't have to keep pulling across the traffic. Death Valley will be extremely hot and most of your sight seeing will be enjoyed through the windscreen of your air conditioned car, so another fairly quick visit. With that in mind a ten day visit would look something like this.

    Day 1. LA to GC. [Possibly stay Williams or Tusayan.
    Day 2. GC all day. [Stay in park or Cameron Trading post on US89]
    Day 3. To Bryce canyon. [Stay Ruby's Inn]
    Day 4. Bryce canyon then to Zion NP. [Stay in lovely town of Springdale]
    Day 5. Zion NP. [Stay Springdale or Las Vegas]
    Day 6. Las Vegas.
    Day 7. Drive across Death Valley. [Stay Bishop/ Mammoth Lakes.
    Day 8. Yosemite Valley/ Glacier point. [Stay in park or nearby]
    Day 9. to SF.
    Day 10 SF.

    Hmm. Reading your post back I am unsure as to whether you have 10 days total or just the section from LA to LV ?

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