8 days in Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park & Great Lakes USA Itinerary

8 days in Las Vegas, Grand Canyon National Park & Great Lakes USA Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel route 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
Bus to Flagstaff Amtrak, Fly to Chicago
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Chicago
— 2 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.
Las Vegas is known for nightlife, shopping, and casinos. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, try to win big at Caesars Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, and don't miss a visit to Paris Las Vegas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Las Vegas journey planner.

Jacksonville to Las Vegas is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Jacksonville to Las Vegas due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Jacksonville in December, with highs in Las Vegas at 57°F and lows at 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
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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.
On the 31st (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Lookout Studio and then make a trip to Grand Canyon Village. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: engage your brain at Yavapai Geology Museum, explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and then take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park online tour itinerary maker.

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 changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in December, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are little chillier (45°F), and nights are much colder (15°F). On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums · Museums
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Chicago

— 2 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
On the 3rd (Mon), meet the residents at Lincoln Park Zoo, walk around Millennium Park, and then admire the masterpieces at The Art Institute of Chicago. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, observe the fascinating underwater world at Shedd Aquarium, then admire the striking features of Reliance Building, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Skydeck Chicago - Willis Tower.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Chicago trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Grand Canyon National Park to Chicago takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 32°F by day to 18°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Childrens Museums
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