National Park Itinerary
Need help planning the perfect national park itinerary? Get ideas for your next road trip, including single and multi-day itineraries for the US national parks.

Road Trip Itineraries

This is one of the best road trips in the USA. On this 14-day itinerary, visit the Grand Canyon and Utah's Mighty 5, as well as a handful of wonderful state parks and national monuments. Not only do you get to visit some of the most popular sights in the American Southwest but you also get to visit several off-the-beaten-path destinations.

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On this 10-day national park itinerary, view the breathtaking vistas of the Grand Canyon, hike the thrilling trails in Zion National Park, and photograph the millions of hoodoos in Bryce Canyon. The list keeps going, with the sweeping views of Monument Valley, dusty, off-road adventures in Grand Staircase-Escalante, and numerous slot canyons to scramble through. 

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Learn how to plan the ultimate road trip through Utah’s Mighty 5. This can be done in a whirlwind 7-day road trip. But with more time, you can further explore each park or add in state parks, slot canyons, scenic drives, and even places like Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon. In this post, get several detailed itineraries to help you plan your road trip, ranging from 7 to 21 days.

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Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef National Parks are three spectacular parks to visit in Utah. With 10 days, you have enough time to visit the highlights in each park, add on Goblin Valley and Little Wild Horse Canyon, and venture into the backcountry, where the real adventures await.

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On this 10-day Arizona road trip, you will visit three national parks, drive past the buttes and mesas of Monument Valley, walk through magical Antelope Canyon, and hike the desert hills of Sedona. Arizona is home to some of the most iconic landscapes in the United States and this road trip is the perfect way to see them.

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Las Vegas is the perfect place to start a road trip to the Grand Canyon. Here are five sample itineraries, ranging from 5 to 10 days, all of which include Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. Depending on the length of the itinerary, you can also visit places like Zion National Park, Antelope Canyon, Sedona, Death Valley, and Monument Valley.

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Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks are three of the top parks to visit in the United States. With 10 days, you can visit all of them on an epic road trip. Start in Grand Teton, where the lakes and the jagged mountain range create a hiker’s and photographer’s paradise. Journey north to Yellowstone, a national park that is situated on top of the world’s largest supervolcano. Your road trip ends in Glacier National Park, one of the USA’s most beautiful national parks.

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With four national parks, numerous national forests and state parks, plus historic towns scattered throughout the Rocky Mountains, Colorado makes an awesome road trip destination. On this Colorado itinerary, you will visit all four national parks (Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Rocky Mountain National Parks), linking them together with gorgeous scenic drives.

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There are many different ways to spend one week in South Dakota. This itinerary focuses on the southwestern corner of the state, visiting sights located in and around the Black Hills. On this itinerary, visit Badlands and Wind Cave National Parks, along with Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, Custer State Park, and the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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This Washington itinerary is geared to visiting the three national parks in Washington state: Olympic, Mount Rainier, and North Cascades. But you also have enough time to visit Leavenworth, a Bavarian-themed town, go wine tasting at Lake Chelan, visit Mount Baker, and go on a day hike in the Enchantments.

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One Day Itineraries

If you only have one day, what should you do? Here are detailed one day itineraries for the national parks.

Multi-Day Itineraries

Get day-by-day detailed itineraries for the national parks in this list. The 5-day itineraries also have suggestions for the best way to spend 2, 3, or 4 days, if 5 days is too much time.
"And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul."
John Muir

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