Are you dying to see the world but short on time? This 7 day itinerary packs in the best sites and hikes at various US National Parks in the western part of the country! Add 1 day at the beginning and end if you want to spend some extra time in Las Vegas!
We kept this itinerary budget friendly by renting a car and staying in Airbnbs. This particular itinerary starts and ends in Las Vegas, but it is also possible to have different start and end locations, depending on what’s cheapest for you!
Day 1: Getting to Las Vegas
The reason this trip actually happened is that I found a super cheap round-trip flight to Las Vegas from our home airport in Philadelphia using my award miles connected to my United MileagePlus Explorer credit card. (Check out the card to receive countless travel benefits and earn up to 40,000 BONUS miles!)
The flight was at the beginning of November, so we were a little worried about it being too cold, but it ended up being the perfect time to go! The parks were much less crowded than usual, the weather was beautiful (not too hot for a long hike), and accommodations were cheaper because it was the off-season.
We landed in Las Vegas in the evening and rented a van through Budget, although make sure to do your own homework and compare rental prices as these often change! That night we stayed at an Airbnb about a mile from the strip (to save money) which was on the way to the National Parks. (Click here to get up to $55 off your first trip with Airbnb!) Of course, we took some time to drive down the strip and take in the sites and sounds of Las Vegas while we could.
See the other locations for days 2-8 of the trip.
Day 9: Las Vegas and Heading Home
What better way to spend my last day in Vegas than with some gambling, a show, and some In-N-Out! I explored the different casinos, won big playing craps (enough to pay for my trip!) and treated myself to Animal Style burger and fries.
That night I had booked a show with Penn and Teller! I always enjoyed watching them on TV and their live performance was not a disappointment! They even stayed afterwards to take pictures with everyone.
After a great day, it was time to head to the airport and head home.