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

American Southwest 14 Days

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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American Southwest 10 days

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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USA Road Trip Itineraries

In this guide, we provide 18 different road trips in the USA. Each of them includes at least one national park. With maps and itineraries, it is a great way to get an overview of multiple road trip ideas in one article.

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Mighty 5

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 Capitol Reef Trip

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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Arizona Road Trip Itinerary

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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Grand Canyon road trip

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

Yellowstone and Grand Teton are two of the most popular national parks in the USA. These two parks sit by side and together they create an incredible vacation destination. In this guide, we lay out a detailed 8-day itinerary, with suggestions on how to modify it, depending on how much time you have.

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Grand Teton Yellowstone Glacier

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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Yellowstone Devils Tower Mount Rushmore

This is one of the best road trips in the USA. With 10 days, you can visit Yellowstone, Devils Tower, and Mount Rushmore, but that’s not all. You also have enough time to visit the highlights of Grand Teton, day trip out to Badlands National Park, spend some time at Wind Cave National Park, and cruise the scenic drives and spot wildlife at Custer State Park.

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Colorado Road Trip Itinerary

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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South Dakota Itinerary Road Trip

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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Washington National Parks Itinerary

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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Florida Keys Itinerary

Driving from Miami to Key West is one of the best road trips in the USA. White sandy beaches, palm trees, beautiful aquamarine water, warm sunny skies…sounds nice, right? On this road trip, you can also add in three national parks: Everglades, Biscayne, and Dry Tortugas.

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Alaska Road Trip

In this guide, we provide three different road trips in Alaska. Each of them includes at least two national parks. Learn how to put together a trip to Denali, Kenai Fjords, Katmai, and Wrangell - St. Elias National Parks.

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Texas New Mexico Road Trip

On this 10 day itinerary, go hiking in Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains, explore the underground wonderland of Carlsbad Caverns, and sled on dunes as white as snow at White Sands National Park.

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Las Vegas to San Diego Itinerary

Southern California contains some of the largest areas of protected land in the USA. Go on a national park road trip, visiting both Death Valley National Park and Joshua Tree National Park on the drive. Or, you can spend some time in the Mojave National Preserve, which is home to a surprisingly wide variety of landscapes.

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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.
One Day in Grand Teton
RMNP One Day
One Day in the Grand Canyon
One Day in Yellowstone
One Day in Canyonlands
One Day in Arches
One Day Arches Canyonlands Itinerary
One Day Capitol Reef
One Day in Bryce Canyon
One Day in Death Valley
One Day in Everglades
One Day in Badlands NP
One Day in Congaree
One Day in Cuyahoga Valley

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.
Glacier NP Itinerary
Zion Itinerary
Yellowstone Itinerary
Grand Teton Itinerary
Rocky Mountain Itinerary
Capitol Reef Itinerary
2 to 3 days Acadia National Park
Mount Rainier Itinerary
2 Days in Death Valley
3 Days Big Bend
New River Gorge Itinerary
"And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul."
John Muir

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