11 days in Utah Itinerary

11 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
5
Capitol Reef National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Moab, Fly to Washington Dulles

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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 11th (Fri): trek along Temple of Sinawava Trail and then trek along Riverside Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: explore and take pictures at Kolob Terrace Road, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Pa'rus Trail, and then stroll through Watchman Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zion National Park road trip planner.

Washington DC to Zion National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, train, bus, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Zion National Park is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in June: highs in Zion National Park hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 14th (Mon), hike along Swamp Canyon, then stroll through Navajo Loop Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Bryce Amphitheatre. Keep things going the next day: trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge, then take in breathtaking views at Agua Canyon, and finally explore the striking landscape at Three Wisemen.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park trip maker app.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in June, things will get little chillier in Bryce Canyon National Park: highs are around 79°F and lows about 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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 16th (Wed): make a trip to Wolfe Ranch, explore the striking landscape at Tower of Babel, then take in the dramatic natural features at Courthouse Towers, then take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Tunnel Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace, then explore the striking landscape at Double Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, and finally stroll through Pine Tree Arch Trail.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Arches National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Arches National Park, with highs around 95°F, while nights are much hotter with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Canyonlands National Park

— 1 night
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky, trek along Aztec Butte Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pothole Point Trail, and finally admire all the interesting features of White Rim Road.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Canyonlands National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park takes 1.5 hours. June in Canyonlands National Park sees daily highs of 95°F and lows of 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Capitol Reef National Park

— 2 nights
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
On the 19th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Capitol Reef National Park . Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Fruita Schoolhouse, then explore the striking landscape at Water Pocket Fold, then hike along Chimney Rock Trail, and finally stroll through Sunset Point Trail.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Capitol Reef National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Canyonlands National Park to Capitol Reef National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Canyonlands National Park in June, expect nights in Capitol Reef National Park to be much colder, around 40°F, while days are slightly colder, around 79°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Utah travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
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.