Popular Vegas-Grand canyon route-need help..

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1. Posted by arunmit (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I know there are numerous threads discussing these routes but I couldn't find one that really answered my questions....
I have booked my flights into and out of Vegas and planned route is-
Vegas-Zion NP-Bryce-Grand Canyon (North?)- Williams(Page?- train trip to South rim?)- Lake Powell- Vegas
I can't figure out the best route and if I have missed any sites worth seeing on the way in the time I have. My current thought is to overnight at the following places...

May 31-Arrive LV-Sightseeing
Jun 1-Leave Vegas- see Hoover on the way?)
Jun2 -Zion
Jun 3-Bryce or Grand Canyon (N)?
Jun4- Grand Canyon (can I fit Williams, South Rim etc?)
Jun 5-Head back to Vegas- see Lake Powell etc

I would really appreciate if someone could review this and make any corrections or suggestions. Also I am unable to plot an overview map showing all stops and directions. How does one do that?
Thanks a lot for any advice...

2. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


Try the site mapquest.com or a similar mapping site. Put in how to get directions from Las Vegas, NV to Zion Lodge,UT for example. The site will give you written directions plus a map and approximation of the duration of the drive. Continue inputting one location to another, for example, Zion Lodge to Bryce Cabyon or Zion to the North Rim, AZ. From the North Rim, AZ to Flagstaff, AZ and then from Flagstaff, AZ back to Las Vegas, NV. This will keep you on the route you're looking for without having to become overwhelmed. Also, you will cross right over Hoover Dam driving from Flagstaff back to Las Vegas so you won't need to go out of your way at all on the ride back.

Hope this helps.

Ladymacwilly ^..^ ~

3. Posted by arunmit (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thank you Ladymacwil,
Actually, you were the one who put me on the right path in an earlier thread...
I will try Mapquest-- in the meantime could you please review my routing and let me know if that will work or if I should change something. I need to start making Hotel bookings..

4. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2004 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


Actually, the route you now say you want to go is the exact same trip I mapped out for you on your original post--except now you are going in the opposite order--that is, vegas to zion to Bryce canyon to lake powell to grand canyon to vegas, not vegas to grand canyon to lake powell to bryce canyon to zion to vegas.

If you just follow the directions I gave you then, you will go to these spots.

P.S. I thought your relatives were worried about the weather being too hot. I guess they changed their minds. You need to know that the weather, while hot, is not nearly as bad as most parts of India get during the summer there.

5. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2004 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Here is my original post. Just follow the directions, but i nthe opposite order to go to all the places you said you wanted to go.

"Suggest you try the following route. Fly to Las Vegas.

Next go southeast past Hoover Dam (Hwy 93 to I-40), down to Sedona, Arizona (just south of Flagstaff). Then go north through Flagstaff (Hwy 180) to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Then head east along the rim of the canyon (still Hwy 180) and turn north to Kayenta (Hwy 160), turn left on Hwy 163 and go to the border of Utah (Monument Valley). Tour the valley then backtrack via Hwy 160 and Hwy 98 to Paige, Arizona, and stop at the Lake Powell Resort on the south edge of Lake Powell.

From here head west on Hwy 89 to Kanab, and go north (also Hwy 89) past Hatch. Turn right and go on Hwy 12 over to Bryce Canyon. Then backtrack down Hwy 89 back to Mount Carmel Junction. Turn west here and go through Zion National Park, then into St. George, and down I-15 back to Las Vegas.

Make sure you see the following spots in the daytime--Sedona, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley (great right before sunset), Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park. Even the canyon just south of St. George is spectacular in the daytime. See Las Vegas in the daytime and at night.

This is about a one week trip or so, and will show you some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. I think your relatives will be impressed. Here's a few shots.







6. Posted by arunmit (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Calcruzer..
Indeed it is..I have been switching back and forth and changing routing so many times that I am confused. I think, your plan looks good. Only concern is maybe we are doing too much in too short a time (6 days) and we won't get to enjoy the sights. If I were to drop something, what would you suggest? And what route would I have to change?
Thanks again..

7. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I think I was trying to get them to cooler country faster...

Las Vegas, The South Rim of the canyon and Sedona will be the hotter areas. As calcruzer pointed out it is easy to do the reverse as you are really just driving a large circle anyway. (May as well go from hot to a wee bit cooler to bee-lining it back to Vegas).

As for Sedona, I find it rather touristy and overated. (Sorry Calcruzer, my parents owned an apple orchard in Camp Verde and God knows I grew up sliding down Slide Rock every summer), but now....I think they're like Santa fe "wanna-be's". All the expense and none of the authenticity. Although the red vermillion cliffs are still spectacular, I'd route them past this one. Other than that, in my opinion, you're spot on!

8. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2004 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Well, I agree with Marilyn (Ladymacwil) entirely--both as to the "hot" (weather-wise) spots--and as to the one stop I'd bypass if I had pick one (Sedona, Arizona).

Enjoy your trip, arunmit.

9. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2004 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I just noticed that using your new order of travel, Sedona would be your last stop before heading back to Las Vegas.

So my suggestion is: Spend more time at the places along the way you are interested in, and if you have the time to go to Sedona, go there. Then if you've used up all your extra time, obviously you should bypass Sedona and head straight back to Las Vegas.

10. Posted by arunmit (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all the advise...

I have dropped a couple of sites just because I know its going to be hard on my folks doing the long drives.. I am only unclear on one stop which is the second one...
Day 1- Overnight at Vegas
Day 2- See Hoover and head to.... (initially I was going to head straight to Grand Canyon South rim but since it was 4.5 hrs, I thought I'll break the journey -- Looking at the route to GC, I see possibility of staying at Kingman or Peachtree)- I need help here!!
Day 3- see GC Caverns and Oatman and then head to GC- Stay Over night(what is the best place to stay?)
Day 4- Spend the day at South Rim and in the evening head to Page
Day 5- Spend the day at Lake Powell and head to Zion NP
Day 6- Drive through Zion NP and head back to Vegas