National Park Road Trips

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, Monuments local and State Parks.

All these road trips are self-guided and are intended to help you plan your own adventure. Add parks or subtract depending on your available time.

Bryce Canyon National Park

The Grand Circle Road Trip

Utah, Arizona, Nevada

The Grand Circle Road Trip is one of the most famous National Parks road trips in the country. The trip is predominantly in the state of Utah but crosses into Arizona as well. The Grand Circle Road Trip includes parks: Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Grand Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park and more! While this road trip can be done in around 2 weeks, we recommend you allow yourself as much time as possible to explore these spectacular parks. We used Las Vegas, Nevada as the start and end for this road trip but you could consider Salt Lake City, Utah or Phoenix, Arizona for major flight destinations.

1 Week Grand Circle Road Trip

Utah, Arizona, Nevada

This is a shortened version of The Grand Circle Road Trip. For those who wish to see some of the famous parks of the Grand Circle in Utah but have less time, consider checking out this version of the road trip. The 1 Week Grand Circle includes Grand Canyon National Park, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, Kaibab National Forest, Capitol Reef National Park and more!

East Coast and Smokies

Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway are two very famous names of the east. Millions of people each year travel to visit this area and we've included those destinations as well as Shenandoah National Park, Assateague Island National Seashore, Cape Hatteras National Seashore and more!

Yellowstone Arches

Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana

This is a great mix and match of completely different types of National Parks. From the world famous Yellowstone National Park to Craters of the Moon National Monument. You'll journey through Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana on this road trip! The Yellowstone & Arches road trip includes Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Craters of the Moon National Monument and more!

Assateague Island and Washington DC Road Trip

Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina, Washington DC, Maryland

Road trip includes parks: Assateague Island National Seashore, Shendandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway and more!

Hot Springs and Buffalo National River Road Trip

Arkansas

This road trip includes parks: Hot Springs National Park, Ozark National Forest, Buffalo National River, Ouachita National Forest and more!

Olympic and Yellowstone Road Trip

Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming

This road trip includes parks: Olympic National Park, North Cascades National Park, Crater Lake National Park, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and more!

Rocky Mountain and Carlsbad Road Trip

Colorado, New Mexico

This road trip includes parks: Rocky Mountain National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, White Sands National Monument, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and more!

Voyageurs and Isle Royale Road Trip

Minnesota

This road trip includes parks: Voyageurs National Park, Isle Royale National Park, Chequamegon National Forest, Ottawa National Forest and more!

Road Trip Planning

Colorado Rockies Road Trip

Colorado

This road trip includes parks: Rocky Mountain National Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and more!

Northern California Road Trip

California, Oregon

This road trip includes parks: Point Reyes National Seashore, Redwood National and State Parks, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Lava Beds National Monument and more!

Yellowstone Badlands Road Trip

Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska

This road trip includes parks: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, Badlands National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Custer State Park and more!

Yosemite and Big Sur Road Trip

California

The Yosemite and Big Sur Road Trip includes parks: Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Point Reyes National Seashore, Pheiffer Big Sur State Park and more!

Portland and Crater Lake Road Trip

Oregon, California

This road trip includes parks: Crater Lake National Park, Redwood National and State Parks, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and more!

Olympic and St Helens Road Trip

Washington, Oregon

This road trip includes parks: Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and more!

Joshua Tree and Grand Canyon Road Trip

California, Nevada, Arizona

This road trip includes parks: Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Kaibab National Forest and more!

Petrified and Organ Pipe Road Trip

Arizona

This road trip includes national parks, Saguaro and Petrified Forest as well as other parks like Organ Pipe and Agua Fria National Monuments, Kaibab National Forest, Tonto, Wupatki and Coronado National Forest.

Theodore Roosevelt and Black Hills Road Trip

Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota

This road trip includes parks: Wind Cave National Park, Badlands National Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Custer State Park and more!

Yosemite and Sequoia Road Trip

California, Nevada

This road trip includes parks: Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Death Valley National Park and more!

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