Phoenix to Las Vegas 9 Days Itinerary (877 miles)

If you're up for a short one-way trip, this itinerary is the perfect option. Not only does it allow you to explore the magnificent natural wonders of some of America's most incredible National Parks, it also lets you soak up the excitement and atmosphere of the entertainment capital of the world. Plus, there is always the option of extending your trip. But here are a few destination tips to get you started.

Jurnii RV - Phoenix to Las Vegas 9 Days Itinerary

Days 1 - 2

Flagstaff (143 miles)

Begin your US adventure by picking up your RV rental in Mesa, Phoenix. As Arizona's largest city, Phoenix offers a wealth of great things to see and do on your first day.

After some exploration it's time to hit the road and head towards Flagstaff; the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Flagstaff is located on the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau, and aside from the Grand Canyon, also has a close proximity to Oak Creek Canyon, the Arizona Snowbowl, Meteor Crater and historic Route 66.

Where to Stay:

Woody Mountain Campground & RV Park

Nestled underneath cool tall pines, this large spacious RV Park and campground is an excellent base for exploring the attractions
of Northern Arizona. Facilities include full hook-ups, large pull-thru sites, RV storage, Wi-Fi and book exchange

What to do:

Oak Creek Canyon

Located along the Mogollon Rim in Northern Arizona, this canyon is often described as a smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon,
based primarily on its scenic beauty. Great recreational activities to do while in the park include swimming, fishing and hiking.

Don't Miss:

The Arboretum at Flagstaff

This 200-acre botanical garden and nature center focuses on the native plants and animals found in Northern Arizona. Browse the nature trail, greenhouses, meadow, wetland, picnic area and gift shop, soaking up some of the best horticulture in the area.

Day 2

Grand Canyon (138 miles)

The Grand Canyon is a place that everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime. Regarded as one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world, this powerful and inspiring landscape overwhelms the senses through its immense size and beauty.

The Grand Canyon National Park is one of America's oldest National Parks and is world famous, purely for the spectacular Grand Canyon. The canyon itself is a gorge of the Colorado River and measures 277 miles long and ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles, while attaining a depth of over a mile. The canyon is know for its overwhelming size and its intricate and colorful landscape, while it is geologically significant because of the thick sequence of ancient rocks that are beautifully preserved and exposed in the walls of the canyon.

Where to Stay:

The National Park offers two campgrounds: the Mather Campground on the South Rim and the North Rim Campground. Most of the campgrounds in the park are suitable for RVs; however they do not offer hook-ups.

Due to the park's popularity the sites fill up fast so be sure to reserve a site in order to avoid disappointment.

What to Do:

The most obvious way to spend your time in the Grand Canyon National Park is by exploring it. Hiking is the most popular past time here, with many guided tours on offer. These will open your eyes to the magic and wonder of the park and you may actually learn something along the way.

Sunrise and sunset are unforgettable moments in the park, with the sun casting shadows on the canyon and bringing out the remarkable glowing colors the canyon has become so famous for.

Don't Miss:

If you think the view from the southern or northern rims of the canyon are spectacular, be sure to check out the view from the Toroweap Overlook. Rising 3000 vertical feet above the Colorado River, this breathtaking sheer drop boasts incredible volcanic features and views that are undoubtedly sure to take your breath away.

The overlook boasts stunning views of the renowned Lava Falls Rapid, while offering a completely unique perspective of the canyon as whole.

The area can be reached from Arizona Highway 389 near Fredonia, with all roads in the area secondary county roads.

Day 3

Lake Powell (143 miles)

Lake Powell straddles the border between Utah and Arizona and is the second largest man-made reservoir in the United States. Highlights of the lake worth visiting include the Glen Canyon Dam, Rainbow Bridge and the Hite Crossing Bridge.

Where to Stay:

There are 3 great locations for RV camping at Lake Powell. Wahweap RV Park, Bullfrog RV Park and Halls Crossing RV Park offer great facilities, with Wahweap located directly on the lake. Enjoy full hook-up sites, picnic and BBQ areas, a resort swimming pool and hot tub and spectacular lake views.

What to Do:

Rainbow Bridge

By far the most popular destination at Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge National Monument is a truly awe-inspiring sight. Regarded as the world's largest natural bridge, it spans 290 feet tall, 33 feet wide and 42 feet thick. Some great tours are available, or alternatively you can rent a speedboat for the day and head out to explore it.

Don't Miss:

Glen Canyon Dam

Visitors can tour the historic Glen Canyon Dam for free, beginning at the Carl B. Hayden Visitor Center. Here, kids can enjoy a guided tour featuring video, photography and Native American artifacts.

Day 4

Bryce Canyon (146 miles)

Bryce Canyon National Park is unlike any other place on earth and is home to some of the most astounding natural wonders the human eye could see in a lifetime.

Bryce Canyon reaches 2000 feet of elevation and is comprised of three distinct zones: spruce/fir forest, Ponderosa Pine forest and Pinyon Pine/juniper forest. These unique zones make the landscapes here so distinctive that it will be hard to tear your eyes away.

Where to Stay:

Bryce Canyon National Park is home to two campgrounds: North and Sunset. Both of these are located within a close proximity to the visitor center and the Bryce Amphitheater, and offer restrooms, toilets, drinking water and shower facilities. Unfortunately there are no hook-ups, but there is a dump station located at the south end of the North Campground.

What to Do:

There are lots of great things to do within the Bryce Canyon National Park, and many of these activities occur in the outdoors.

Snowshoe hikes are a popular activity and are best to do when the park has experienced a bit of snow. Take a guided walk through the park and learn about its winter ecology and the fascinating stories behind the formation of the hoodoos.

Bryce Canyon offers several day-hiking trails, ranging from easy and moderate, to strenuous. Many of these hikes will take you through the beautiful Bryce Amphitheater, with some of the trails actually shared
by horse riders.

Don't Miss:

The Wildlife

Over 150 species of birds and dozens of mammals dominate the landscapes here. This makes bird watching a popular past time, with birds like the California condor, Clark's Nutcracker, Peregrine Falcon and Violet-green swallows often sighted within the park.

Bryce Canyon is home to 59 species of mammals and these range between the Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel, the Mountain Lion, the Uintah Chipmunk and the Utah Prairie Dog.

Day 5

Zion National Park (97 miles)

Known as Utah's first National Park, Zion is home to massive canyon walls and dramatic sandstone cliffs. Often referred to as sand castles crowning desert canyons, the geological features of this park are remarkable to say the least and will simply take your breath away.

Where to Stay:

Zion National Park is positioned near the small community of Springdale, an old agricultural town that has been transformed into an ideal base for travelers to the National Park.

What to Do:

The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive provides access to the beautiful Zion Canyon and is the perfect way to discover the immense beauty of the park. Along the way you will come across the wonders of the Weeping Rock, Emerald Pools, Angels Landing and The Narrows.

Biking and horseback riding are also popular ways to explore the park. The Pa'rus trail spans for 3.5 miles and is perfect for cycling along the beautiful Virgin River. Horseback riding can be arranged for one-hour and half day rides and bookings are recommended.

Don't Miss:

Zion Canyon Theatre

Located adjacent to the National Park and the beautiful Virgin River in Springdale, this six-story giant screen is undoubtedly the best way to watch movies and shows.

Day 6

Mesquite (181 miles)

Resting adjacent to the Arizona state line, Mesquite is just a short 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The town is a popular vacation spot for golfers and tourists, especially because of the beautiful year round weather and great entertainment options available.

Where to Stay:

Desert Skies RV Park

Located just minutes away from the lavish casinos of Meqsuite, this RV Park offers great facilities for RV travelers including access to gold, the fitness facility, heated pool/jacuzzi, a billiard room and pool parties and BBQs.

Day 7/8

Las Vegas (117 miles)

Las Vegas certainly offers this, along with much, much more. Regarded as the "Entertainment Capital of the World", Las Vegas is where it all happens. Located in the state of Nevada, Vegas is an internationally renowned resort for gambling, shopping and fine dining. It is where people come to experience nightlife at its best.

Where to Stay:

Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort

Easily Vegas' most luxurious RV Park, the Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort is a fantastic place to finish your RV adventure. The tropical "Casablanca" theme is sure to delight after the last few weeks of desert scenery, while the stunning resort pools will provide the perfect way to cool off and relax.

The park offers a well-stocked convenience store, restaurant, fitness centre, arcade, banquet facilities and an adult pool and spa. These luxuries are the ideal way to spend the last few days of your trip, with the city lights alluring you when the sun goes to bed and making you never want to leave.

What to Do:

The Las Vegas Strip is the undeniable centre of this amazing city. It is where all the action happens, making it a must-visit while in town. The strip is an approximately 3.8 mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard South and is home to city's largest hotel, casino and resort properties in the world.

Points of interest you simply cannot pass up include The Mirage, the Flamingo and Caesar's Palace.

Don't Miss:

The Pirate Battle at Treasure Island

This is one of the best free shows Vegas has to offer. Held every night in front of the Treasure Island Hotel in Sirens Cover, the Pirate Battle is a delightful show of dance, vibrant cloths and loud music. While it may not be a family activity, it's a great night out for couples!

Day 9

On the final day of your RV vacation return your vehicle to the respective depot in Las Vegas and begin to reminisce of the amazing journey you have just completed.

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