Las Vegas and the major parks

Trip description

It's a pretty intense journey, but it's a great way to see the must-visits in Las Vegas, its surrounding areas and neighbouring great parks. Two full days and four nights are planned in Las Vegas. Count between 1 500 and 1 800 km of road to travel, from Las Vegas to the Death Valley, through Valley of Fire, Zion NP, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Red Rock Canyon. It is better to prefer the offseason for this stay, it is very hot in this area in the summer and the ballades may be compromised.

Day 1: Centre and South of the Strip

Day 2: North of the Strip, Downtown and Arts District

Day 3: Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

Day 4: Valley of Fire

Day 5: Zion National Park

Day 6: Bryce Canyon

Day 7: Grand Canyon North Rim

Day 8: Red Rock Canyon

Day 9: Death Valley

Day 10: Shopping and return

Day 1 : Centre and South of the Strip

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Arrival and installation. Visit of the center of the Strip, on the east side (Palazzo and Venetian, Flamingo, Paris...), then west side (Treasure Island, Mirage, Caesar and Bellagio, City Center...) and south (New York, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay, MGM...). In the late afternoon, discovery of free shows on the Strip (Mirage volcano and Bellagio fountains). Provide a great evening show.

Day 2 : North of the Strip, Downtown and Arts District


Visit of Wynn and Encore and the north of the Strip (Circus Circus, Stratosphere...). Lunch at Top of the World (Stratosphere). In the afternoon, visit the Arts District (antique shops, Arts Factory), then Downtown (Fremont East District and Fremont Street Experience). Spend the evening in downtown by exploring its casinos.

Day 3 : Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

In the morning, visit of Hoover Dam. In the afternoon, cruise and/or swimming in Lake Mead. Evening and night at the Hacienda Hotel & Casino in Boulder City.

Day 4 : Valley of Fire

Take the panoramic road of the Lake to the Valley of Fire early. After visiting the park, have lunch at Overton, in Sugars Home Plate. In the afternoon, visit the Lost City Museum. In the middle of the afternoon, take the road to the south entrance of Zion National Park. Free evening in Springdale where you will have reserved accommodation.

Day 5 : Zion National Park

Early in the morning, visit of Zion Canyon (by shuttle or on foot). Picnic or restaurant in the park. In the late afternoon, leave the park from the east, towards Bryce Canyon. Plan to arrive at Bryce Canyon before sunset or stop for the night at Riverside Resort & Park Ranch (50 km before the park).

Day 6 : Bryce Canyon

Hiking in Bryce Canyon at sunrise. Picnic or restaurant in the park. In the afternoon, return to Mount Carmel, then go to the north shore of the Grand Canyon. For those who would have taken the road late without booking accommodation in the park on North Rim, stop at Kanab for the night.

Day 7 : Grand Canyon North Rim


Spend half a day strolling on this wild slope but do not plan to go to the river and go back during the same day. Picnic or dinner at the Grand Canyon Lodge. Back to Las Vegas (440 km) in the afternoon passing through St. George. Evening in Las Vegas. Beware, this trip cannot be done in winter.

Day 8 : Red Rock Canyon


Discover Red Rock Canyon in the morning and take the time for a walk off the panoramic road. At lunchtime, go to Bonnie Springs Ranch for a good steak. In the afternoon, visit Spring Mountain Ranch State Park and take a few photos of the many burros you will find nearby. Night in Bonnie Springs or return to Las Vegas.

Day 9 : Death Valley


Start the visit of Death Valley from the south: Zabriskie Point, Devil's Golf Course, Dante's View. Meal at Furnace. In the afternoon, go to Scotty's Castle. If the road is open, exit through the northeast of the park and return to Vegas following Zone 51. Enjoy your last night in Las Vegas to watch a last show.

Day 10 : Shopping and return

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Take advantage of the last day to shop in Las Vegas before taking your flight.

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