We are planning on a 9-day trip to the wild west of Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.
We’ll fly to Las Vegas, NV. The round trip takes about 2 days. So the actual sightseeing for this trip is about 7 days.
The main attraction of this trip is the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. We’ll drive 5 hours from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon and stay 1 night and 2 days there including driving time. Hopi House in Grand Canyon. Someone did a rim to rim hiking of the entire Grand Canyon by herself. Such an endeavor! But we won’t be doing that since Adventurer Jr. III is too young to walk the trails.
That leaves us with 5 days. Our other destinations are:
Las Vegas, NV – Here’s a list of 15 free things to do, and 31 free things to do there, which will take at least 1 day. Hotels are best viewed at night. We’ll definitely walk on the Las Vegas Strip. And spend a day at Adventuredome indoor theme park so the kids can have some fun.
Valley of Fire State Park, NV, which is 1 hour away from Las Vegas. It has a Visitor center and picnic areas. We can pack a lunch, water, and fruits to enjoy with beautiful views. Arch rock, Atlatl rock, Petrified rock, Balancing rock, Elephant rock, the Cabins, Seven Sisters, White Domes, Fire Canyon and Silica Dome, and Rainbow Vista are the landmarks. Here’s a nice, updated map of the park. Last but not least, continue driving for another 1 hour and 30 minutes to the Hoover Dam in Nevada. There’s a visitor center and 2 guided tours, which takes about 2 hours to complete. This is a perfect day trip.
Zion National Park of Utah, which is 2.5 hours from Las Vegas: A drive through of the park takes 1.5 hours and passes the park’s landmarks. This is another perfect day trip. Utah time is 1 hour early than NV time. We need to get there before 12 noon to find a parking space, which means that we need to leave at 8 am. There are free shuttle buses every ten minutes that take people to the landmarks throughout the park. People can get off at the landmarks and when they are ready, catch the next bus to continue. Springdale, UT – There are free shuttles from Springdale to Zion National Park. It’s hard to find a parking spot at Zion after 10 am. So people can park here instead. Utah’s unique food is “Fry sauce“.
This tourist went to Death Valley National Park, CA from Las Vegas for a day trip. Here’s another one. And another one. Yet another one. One more. Looks like a place worth visiting and it takes less than 2.5 hours to drive there. We probably should add that to our trip. We can stop at Corn Creek and Indian Springs, NV via highway 95 on our way there, or Mountain Springs via highway 160.
Phoenix, AZ – 4 hours of driving distance from Las Vegas. Here’s list of free things to do in Phoenix. If time permits, we’ll visit Phoenix as well.