11 days in Western US Itinerary

11 days in Western US Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Park City
— 3 nights
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Las Vegas

— 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 21st (Tue), take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then shop like a local with The Strip. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: try to win big at The Cosmopolitan Casino, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lake Mead National Recreation Area, then head outdoors with Green Valley Range, and finally wander the streets of The LINQ Promenade.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas trip itinerary maker app.

Los Angeles to Las Vegas is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in December; daily highs in Las Vegas reach 57°F and lows reach 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature · Shopping

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Grand Canyon National Park

— 3 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mohave Point. Step off the beaten path and head to Hopi Point and Navajo Point. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Hermit Road, admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio, make a trip to Grand Canyon Railway Depot, and take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 December, plan for slightly colder days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 15°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 26th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Court of the Patriarchs. Keep things going the next day: hike along Kayenta Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Kolob Canyons, and then trek along Timber Creek Overlook Trail.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park online holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Grand Canyon National Park to Zion National Park. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in December, and nighttime lows around 20°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Park City.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
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Park City

— 3 nights
Known globally as the home of the country's largest independent film festival, Park City finds its roots as an old silver boomtown located on the slopes of the Wasatch Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountains.
Explore hidden gems such as Deer Valley Resort and Cascade Springs. Get in touch with nature at Park City Mountain Resort and Boulder Mountain Ranch at Deer Valley. Venture out of the city with trips to Snowbird (in Brighton) and Assembly Hall (in Salt Lake City). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, fly down the slopes at Ski Butlers Park City, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Woodward Park City.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Park City day trip tool.

You can fly from Zion National Park to Park City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Zion National Park in December, things will get a bit cooler in Park City: highs are around 35°F and lows about 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Park City

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

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Utah travel guide

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The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.