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Itineraries Starting in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a central hub for outdoor pursuits. You'll find amazing road trips year-round that start in Las Vegas and head out in all directions! Here are just a few ideas.

wooden signpost adorned with teakettles marking intersection of 2 dirt roads
Teakettle Junction on the road to the Racetrack, Death Valley National Park

Favorite itineraries starting in Las Vegas

Click the link for your desired destination below. You'll be redirected to a DetourOn template itinerary.


Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon Loop (7 days)

If you do this loop in winter, note that the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is closed. Edit your itinerary by deleting the North Rim and adding a day for a long hike on the South Rim


Utah's Mighty 5 and more (8 days)

Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands National Parks compose Utah's Mighty 5. Looping back to Las Vegas will take you through Monument Valley, Lake Powell, and Grand Canyon


One-way Las Vegas to San Francisco - Summer Only (7 days)

The higher elevations of Death Valley and Yosemite usually open around June-July-August. In winter, follow the Las Vegas to Los Angeles itinerary and then add 2 more days to continue up the coast to San Francisco


One-way Las Vegas to Los Angeles/San Diego (5 days)

Explore the low elevations of Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks. This itinerary is great for winter, when moderate desert temperatures await. It is doable, but not recommended in June-July-August


One-way Las Vegas to Phoenix/Tucson (6 days)

Visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Saguaro National Park, and the Arizona in bewteen


One-way Las Vegas to Salt Lake City (6 days) and Bozeman (10 days)

Zion, Bryce, and Capitol Reef are practically on the way between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. You can visit these parks year-round. Continuing to Bozeman is doable but not recommended in winter due to multiple road closures


Best Jeep Trails of the Southwest

High-clearance 4WD required!


How to view and edit DetourOn itineraries

Click each point of interest in the itinerary to learn more about it.

If you want to save, edit, or download an itinerary, you'll first have to log in to your DetourOn account. If you do not have an account, you'll be prompted to create one prior to proceeding.


How to download a roadbook

If you like the template itinerary as is, simply click the PDF download icon in the upper righthand corner of your screen. You'll have a choice between

  • a simple download: Opens a PDF view of the itinerary with a short summary of each point of interest and average visit time;

  • a premium download: Opens a DetourOn Roadbook with detailed information about each point of interest. This includes a short history of the location, fun facts, practical information to know before you go, restaurant suggestions in the area, and more. It is essentially a mini guidebook specific to your itinerary

Both options are currently FREE since DetourOn is still a prototype in its early stages of development. We therefore urge you to choose the premium download and hope you find it helpful.


How to edit and personalize itineraries

NOTE: You'll need to use a desktop should you want to edit or create new DetourOn itineraries. The platform is not yet supported on smartphones or tablets.


To add and/or remove points of interest from any DetourOn template itinerary, click the edit icon in the upper righthand corner of your screen. This will open the template in our interactive itinerary builder mode. You'll find the template itinerary on the left side of the screen.

  • To remove points of interest, click the trash icon on the card you want to remove

  • To change the order of events, simply click and drag cards to their desired spot in the same day

  • To move a point of interest to another day, click the 3 dots on the card you want to move, hover over "move to" then hover over the day you want, and then click the time of day you'd like to move it to

  • To add a destination, you'll need to search for it on the right side of the screen. First type "Las Vegas, NV" in the city search box at the top of the page. Then you can search for your desired destination from the suggestions that populate below. Once you find your desired point of interest, click and drag it to your itinerary on the left.

Rename and save the itinerary to your profile

You don't want to lose your work! Your edits will NOT save automatically. If you make any edits, remember to click "save" before exiting the screen or you will lose your work.

In the interactive itinerary builder, click on the trip name and modify it as you wish. Then click the save icon in the upper righthand corner of your screen.

To return to your itinerary at a later time, log in to your account and hover over your name in the upper righthand corner of the screen. Click on "Trips" and you'll be redirected to your saved itineraries.

panorama of mountains with red stripe
The iconic sandstone peaks of Red Rock Canyon NCA

For more ideas of things to do around Las Vegas and the world at large, check out these DetourOn travel resources.

If you need more information and directions on any of the trips mentioned please don’t hesitate to contact us. Happy trails!

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