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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Grand Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park

Not unlike a mini Grand Canyon, Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park is a maze of mesmerizing slot canyons, natural arches, and the famous limestone “hoodoos” rocks.

UT, 435-834-5322, www.nps.gov/brca
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip | national park

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

You'll recognize the landscape from films like Stagecoach and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Located on Navajo land, the park has only one road. Guided tours are available.

200 miles northeast of Grand Canyon Village, AZ, 435-727-3218, www.navajonationparks.org
Tags: outdoors | culture | day trip | adventure

Sunset Crater National Monument

Between 1040 and 1100 A.D., a mountain in the San Francisco range exploded, forming this crater. Hiking trails surround the 1,000-foot peak, and several shaded picnic areas provide respite.

95 miles southeast of Grand Canyon Village, AZ, 928-526-0502, www.nps.gov/sucr
Tags: hiking | outdoors | day trip | adventure

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

This remote, 294,000-acre monument includes the Paria Plateau and Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness – a camper's delight, as it has seen almost no development and little visitation.

135 miles north of Grand Canyon Village, AZ, 435-688-3200, www.blm.gov/az/vermilion/vermilion
Tags: hiking | outdoors | day trip | camping

Wupatki National Monument

Four cultures – the Hohokam, Sinauga, Cohonia, and Anasazi – overlapped at these 800-year-old castle-like ruins. Reconstructions demonstrate what daily life here might have been like.

95 miles southeast of Grand Canyon Village, AZ, 928-679-2365, www.nps.gov/wupa
Tags: family | outdoors | culture | history | day trip

Zion National Park

Over 10,000 years ago, Zion was home to pueblo-dwelling Native Americans. Today, hikers appreciate the beautiful topography, waterfalls, and natural arches of Utah’s first national park.

254 miles northwest of Grand Canyon Village, Zion National Park, AZ, 435-772-3256, www.nps.gov/zion
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip | national park

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