10 days in Utah Itinerary

10 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah trip itinerary planner

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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
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Bryce
— 2 nights
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
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Arches National Park

— 2 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Double Arch, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Windows, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Delicate Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace, hike along Devils Garden Trailhead, then take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch, and finally trek along Tunnel Arch.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Arches National Park travel route planner.

Detroit to Arches National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Arches National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Detroit in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Arches National Park, with highs around 92°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Bryce.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Bryce

— 2 nights
Serving as a gateway to the adjacent Bryce Canyon National Park, the tiny town of Bryce draws outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers all year round.
On the 1st (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with Ruby's Inn, explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge, hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Queen's Garden Trail. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Sunrise Point, then trek along Navajo Loop Trail, then get great views at Inspiration Point, and finally get great views at Paria View.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bryce tour itinerary builder site.

Getting from Arches National Park to Bryce by car takes about 5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Arches National Park in August, with highs in Bryce at 77°F and lows at 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
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 3rd (Thu): hike along Watchman Trail, then admire all the interesting features of Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, and then take in breathtaking views at Hidden Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Observation Point, then stroll through Riverside Walk, and then take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park travel planner.

Getting from Bryce to Zion National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, Zion National Park is a bit warmer than Bryce - with highs of 84°F and lows of 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to fly to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Salt Lake City

— 3 nights

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Visit Golden Spike National Historic Site and Assembly Hall for their historical value. Church History Museum and Natural History Museum of Utah will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Madeleine and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City trip planner.

Getting from Zion National Park to Salt Lake City by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Salt Lake City, with lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Utah travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.