How to See 2 National Parks in 4 Days!

We started a tradition of traveling over Thanksgiving four years ago. As much as I love the traditional Thanksgiving with family and food, it's nearly impossible for me not to take advantage of the two extra days off work to squeeze in a trip. 

I have a {very} long list of places to see but the order in which we visit them is mostly based upon where I can get us to on airline miles. When I discovered that fares were low over Thanksgiving weekend to Las Vegas, I started researching. The last place I would ever want to spend Thanksgiving is Las Vegas so it took a little creativity to see how we could fly in and out of Vegas and hit some places on our bucket list. 

We had three full days and the two places within driving distance of Las Vegas that I wanted to visit were Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. The itinerary was built around seeing those two places. 



10:00pm | Flight from Washington D.C. to Las Vegas. We stayed at a hotel near the airport.


7:00-11:00am | We picked up our rental car and drove 180 miles to Zion National Park in Utah. 

We spent the rest of the day exploring Zion National Park! We spent the night in the nearby town Springdale.



8:00-10:00am | Drove 100 miles to Page, Arizona. {This stop was added because it was on the way to the Grand Canyon.}

10:00am-4:00pm | We saw Horseshoe Bend and took a guided tour of Antelope Canyon.

4:00-6:30pm | Drove 140 miles to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. We stayed in Grand Canyon Village.



We spent all day at the Grand Canyon and spent the night again in Grand Canyon Village.



8:00am-12:00pm | Drove 300 miles back to Las Vegas. 

Afternoon | We had lunch at the Bellagio and walked around Las Vegas for a few hours.

5:00pm | Flight to Washington D.C.

So, yes, it is possible to see two national parks in just four days! {along with Las Vegas, Horseshoe Bend, and Antelope Canyon.} I plan to recap each stop with more details. The Grand Canyon post is here. If I were to do anything differently with this intenary, it would be to spend more time in Zion National Park. I didn’t really know what to expect and it was absolutely beautiful.

Have you visited any National Parks? Where should we go next? Right now, I’m thinking Yosemite or Yellowstone!

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