Road Trip Planning and Pre Planned Routes

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Road Trip Planning

Below are a selection of pre-planned routes that have been put together by the US-Parks.com team to help you with your trip planning. Scenic routes are one of the best ways to explore some of the many US National Parks and Monuments.

You can visit multiple parks in one route and experience several different types of scenery. From Arches National Park to Yellowstone National Park, check out some of these wonderful trips.

The Grand Circle

Approximate Mileage/Time: Plan around 1200 Miles 10+ days. This trip starts out in Las Vegas and takes you through some of the most outstanding scenery in the US. First stop is Zion then on to Bryce. After Bryce a beautiful drive along Route 12 passing Grand Escalante on to Capitol Reef. A quick drive to Arches and Canyonlands and then Monument Valley. Finally on to the Grand Canyon (South Rim) and then back to Las Vegas. The Grand Circle

Park Highlights for this trip:
Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Monument Valley Tribal Park, Grand Canyon

1 Week Grand Circle

Approximate Mileage/Time: Plan around 1030 miles, 7 Days Start and end in Las Vegas. This route takes you quickly through the high spots of the Grand Circle. It takes you to Zion, Bryce, Monument Valley and Grand Canyon. Mileage does not include sightseeing. 1 Week Grand Circle

Park Highlights for this trip:
Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Monument Valley Tribal Park, Grand Canyon

East Coast & Smokies

Approximate Mileage/Time: Plan around 2000 Miles 15 days. Trip starts out in Washington D.C., our nations capital. After exploring the capital, you head east to the coastline to Assateague Island National Seashore. After visiting Assateague then head south to Cape Hatteras. Then on to Congaree, Great Smoky Mountains and to Shenandoah National Park. Then drive back to Washington D.C. East Coast and Smokies

Park Highlights for this trip:
Assateague Island National Seashore, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Shenandoah National Park, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Congaree National Park, Cape Lookout National Seashore

Yellowstone & Arches

Approximate Mileage/Time: Plan round 1300 Miles 12 days. Route starts out in Salt Lake City, which is one of the least expensive airports to fly into, immediately you drive north to see Yellowstone. Spend some time in Yellowstone then head south to Grand Teton. Then on to Dinosaur and to Moab to see Arches and Canyonlands. Then drive back to Salt Lake City. Yellowstone Arches

Park Highlights for planning this scenic trip:
Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Timpanogos National Monument

Northern California

Approximate Mileage/Time: Around 1300 miles, 12 days Start and end in San Francisco. Mileage does not include sightseeing. Take a journey that explores National Parks, Monuments, National Seashores and more! This adventure also includes Lake Tahoe and a beautiful drive along the coast. You may want to extend the time to visit the numerous state parks and tourist areas. Northern California

Park Highlights for this drive:
Muir Woods National Monument, Point Reyes National Seashore, Redwood National Park, Crater Lake National Park, Lava Beds National Monument, Lassen Volcanic National Park

Yellowstone Badlands

Approximate Mileage/Time: Plan for around 1900 Miles 13 days. This road adventure starts out in Denver and takes you through multiple different landscapes. First through Rocky Mountain and then a beautiful drive to Steamboat Springs. Then on to Dinosaur up past Flaming Gorge to Grand Teton. Then Yellowstone Bighorn NRA over to Mt Rushmore, Jewel Cave, Wind Cave and Badlands. Then back to Denver. Yellowstone Badlands

Planned Highlights for this route:
Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park

Yosemite and Big Sur

Approximate Mileage/Time: Plan around 795 miles, 6 days Start and end in San Francisco, California. Mileage does not include sightseeing. Take a ride through San Francisco California, Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, Big Sur and along some of California's most spectacular coastal scenery. Yosemite and Big Sur

Park Highlights for this trip:
Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, Big Sur State Park, Point Lobos Preserve, Ano Nuevo, Big Basin State Park

Portland and Crater Lake

Approximate Mileage/Time: Approximately 990 miles, 7 days Start and end in Portland, Oregon. Mileage does not include sightseeing. Take a scenic route north from Portland along the Oregon coastline and over to Crater Lake National Park and down to Redwood National Park. Portland and Crater Lake

Planned Highlights for this trip:
Redwood National Park, Crater Lake National Park

Olympic and St Helens

Approximate Mileage/Time: Plan around 662 miles, 6 days Start and end in Seattle, Washington. Mileage does not include sightseeing. Drive that takes you through Olympic National Park, Mount St Helens and Mount Rainier. Olympic and St Helensp

Park Highlights for this route:
Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier, Mount St Helens National Volcanic
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