17 days in Utah, Arizona & California Itinerary

17 days in Utah, Arizona & California Itinerary

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17 days in Utah, Arizona & California Itinerary

Milan
Fly:  25​h
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Page
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Sedona
— 3 nights
bus + Fly + taxi:  5​h
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
San Francisco
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 45​min
Milan

1
day
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): hike along Moab Brand Trails and then admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Moab tour planner.

Milan, Italy to Moab is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Milan in November, Moab is a bit cooler at night with lows of -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Dead Horse Point State Park

2
days
Zion National Park

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Zion Shuttle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Angel's Landing, take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and then stop by LaFave Gallery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Zion National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Moab to Zion National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Moab in November: highs in Zion National Park hover around 17°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Page.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

LaFave Gallery
Highlights from your plan
Angel's Landing
The Narrows
LaFave Gallery

2
days
Page

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): hike along Horseshoe Bend and then take in breathtaking views at Lower Antelope Canyon.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Page vacation trip planner.

Getting from Zion National Park to Page by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of -1°C in Page. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Lower Antelope Canyon
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Horseshoe Bend

3
days
Grand Canyon National Park

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Escape the urban bustle at Grand Canyon South Rim and South Kaibab Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bright Angel Trail and Lookout Studio. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Mather Point.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park travel itinerary creator.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Page to Grand Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Page in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -11°C in Grand Canyon National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail

3
days
Sedona

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Take a break from the city and head to Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock. Explore hidden gems such as Oak Creek Canyon and Devil's Bridge Trail. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) and make a trip to Sedona Airport Overlook.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sedona custom trip planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Sedona in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Sedona, with highs around 13°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock
Oak Creek Canyon
Bell Rock

1
day
Carmel

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 9th (Sat), stroll through Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Point Lobos State Reserve.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Carmel trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Sedona to Carmel in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sedona to Carmel. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sedona in December: high temperatures in Carmel hover around 18°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Carmel

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos State Reserve

2
days
San Francisco

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 10th (Sun), delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument, then take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge, and then wander the streets of Nob Hill. On the next day, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, then step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read San Francisco vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Carmel to San Francisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. December in San Francisco sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Muir Woods National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island
Muir Woods National Monument
Fisherman's Wharf

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