Planning trip late October/early November.

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1. Posted by FredTravel (Budding Member 5 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Should my travel group of 4 try to see Yosemite, Sequoia, and Grand Canyon South Rim National Parks in our 7 day (+2days to and from home traveling) in one trip or just try to see everything around the Grand Canyon area?

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 353 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

Are you flying in to the southwest? If so, where to? Time spent driving will be the name of the game.

It's a 10 hour drive from Grand Canyon NP to Sequoia NP.

Quoting FredTravel

...or just try to see everything around the Grand Canyon area?

What else would you like to see around this area?

3. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1254 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

If you go to the Grand Canyon, it is relatively easy to get a flight from there to San Francisco - takes about an hour or so and there are multiple flights per day. From San Francisco it is an easy 3 hour drive to Yosemite and from Yosemite it is another 3 hours to Sequoia.

So it is possible to do those three parks in 7 days. The only problem is that you don't have much time in any of the parks, and also that you would need to find accommodations in the parks. If you mean Oct-Nov this year it is probably too late to get accommodation in any of the parks.

My advice would be to see the Grand Canyon for 3 of the days and then go to Yosemite for the rest of the time.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Sep-2019, 01:57 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

4. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1236 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Keep an eye on the weather too. An early storm could close roads in many places. We've had roads closed as early as September although it's not a problem this year. Check the National Park Service web site for each park and they will tell you the immediate weather and probable forecast.

Accommodation near the parks is cheaper than in the parks. Things book up ahead most places though so you could run into trouble there. Be sure you have a place to stay before you go.

I'd try all three in 7 days but I don't mind long drives. You might be more comfortable with children if you chose the two nearest each other and save the other park for a future visit.

5. Posted by FredTravel (Budding Member 5 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Thanks everyone, for the input! We'll be flying into Las Vegas if we plan to do Yosemite and Grand Canyon. Might just fly into Phoenix and do Grand Canyon, and areas around it.

6. Posted by FredTravel (Budding Member 5 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Possible places near Grand Canyon to concentrate on would be Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Bryce Canyon. Any other suggestions would be welcomed

7. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 353 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

All 3 of the parks you mention in your first query are possible with the amount of time you have, however I feel that pace can be a bit harried.

If you are all content hitting the vistas/pull-ins/ and simply "doing" each place, then 7 days may work just fine.

If you wish to hike and explore/discover things along the way, you'll likely feel pinched for time...

Many national parks out west involve a lot of driving from the point of entry to the attractions - all on winding roads at 35 m.p.h. so don't underestimate the distance and time involved just to get to the areas of attraction.

Of course, there's all the driving from one park to the next...

8. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1254 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting FredTravel

Possible places near Grand Canyon to concentrate on would be Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Bryce Canyon. Any other suggestions would be welcomed

And also I think, Boulder Dam. My daughter went to Las Vegas and took a helicopter trip from there over the Grand Canyon.

9. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 177 posts) 2w 2 Star this if you like it!

If you go to the Grand Canyon, it is relatively easy to get a flight from there to San Francisco - takes about an hour or so and there are multiple flights per day

There are no commercial flights to Grand Canyon airport; only charter and private.

Fred, IMHO your plan to concentrate on areas around the Grand Canyon is a better one at this late date. You could fly into Phoenix and head north; Sedona is along the way and offers good hiking opportunities. Jerome is a funky little art community an easy half day from Sedona.

On 89 en route to the Grand Canyon EAST ENTRANCE (head west on 64 at Cameron) is Wupatki National Monument and Sunset Crater National Monument. You can easily visit both over a few hours.

https://www.nps.gov/sucr/index.htm
https://www.nps.gov/wupa/index.htm

I'm not a big fan of Page and prefer my slot canyons (we did Lower) without a guide and a ton of other people along but should you decide to spend some time there, be sure and buy your Antelope tour plenty in advance as I hear they're selling out quickly. Horseshoe is not all THAT but then, I'm probably in the minority. Since we were there they now have a required parking area that's $10.

Antelope:
https://navajonationparks.org/guided-tour-operators/antelope-canyon-tour-operators/

Alternately - and the trip I'd choose - is to fly into Vegas and do Zion, Bryce and the South Rim. Some estimated driving times:

Vegas to Zion: 3 hours
Zion to Bryce: 1.5 - 2 hours
Bryce to G.C. South Rim: 5-6 hours.
South Rim to Vegas: 5 hours.

I'm thinking you have 8 nights? Plenty of time for these 3 parks. I'd fly into Vegas and immediately head to Zion, then Bryce, then G.C. South Rim, then back to Vegas.

For Zion, I'd book lodging in Springdale; for Bryce, I'd look at the park lodge, Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn, Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon, etc. For the South Rim, take whatever lodge IN the park still has openings!!! If you can't find anything there, try in Tusayan but whatever you do, do not leave home without a reservation, OK? And don't stay in Williams: too far.

Grand Canyon South Rim park lodges:
https://www.grandcanyonlodges.com
https://www.visitgrandcanyon.com/yavapai-lodge

For some bonus hiking near Bryce, Kodachrome Basin State Park is nice:
https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/kodachrome-basin/

With 8 nights, it's possible you could include Page (Vegas> 2 nights Zion> 1 or 2 nights Bryce> 1 night Page> at least 2 nights South Rim> Vegas. Page is abt. 3.5 hours from Bryce.

Just some stuff to think about?

To add: one bit of weirdness to be aware of is that Arizona doesn't observe Daylight Savings Time so it'll be one hour behind Utah until Nov. 3 (e.g. it's currently 2:00 PM in Arizona, and 3:00 PM in Utah). The Navaho Nation does observe DST. Then there's Nevada (Las Vegas) which is currently same as Arizona but will be one hour behind when DST starts on Nov. 3rd. This is only important if you have a flight to catch, or have a tour booked in Page and are coming from Utah before Nov. 3.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Sep-2019, 21:27 GMT by goodfish ]

10. Posted by 55vineyard (Budding Member 46 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I think I would stick to Grand Canyon and Sedona (never been to the latter) and maybe Zion and save Yosemite for another trip, when you can get lodging inside the park.