11 days in Utah & Houston Itinerary

11 days in Utah & Houston Itinerary

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Fly to Cortez, Drive to Monument Valley
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Houston
— 2 nights

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Monument Valley

— 2 nights
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see Off-Road Tours, hike along Wildcat Trail, and then trot along with a tour on horseback. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Pioneer Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Bluff Fort Historic Site, and then admire the majestic nature at Goosenecks State Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Monument Valley trip planner.

Houston to Monument Valley is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Houston to Monument Valley, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Houston in May, plan for little chillier days in Monument Valley, with highs around 74°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Queen's Garden Trail and Fairyland Loop Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Peek-A-Boo Loop and Rainbow Point. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Sunset Point, trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, take in panoramic vistas at Bryce Point, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo Loop Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park trip planner.

Drive from Monument Valley to Bryce Canyon National Park in 6 hours. In May, Bryce Canyon National Park is little chillier than Monument Valley - with highs of 63°F and lows of 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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 27th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, then trek along Windows, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tunnel Arch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Landscape Arch, then trek along Devils Garden Trailhead, and finally explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Arches National Park tour itinerary 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. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in May, expect Arches National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 76°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Houston.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Houston

— 2 nights

Bayou City

Although urban sprawl remains synonymous with Houston, most of the city's tourist attractions lie within the relatively small downtown area, surrounded by diverse neighborhoods housing the nation's biggest African-American, Asian-American, and Latino communities.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and East End Historic District. Visit 1892 Bishop's Palace and Moody Mansion for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Houston: Galveston (Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum & Murdochs). There's much more to do: engage your brain at Cockrell Butterfly Center, explore the world behind art at The Menil Collection, play a few rounds at Hermann Park, and have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Houston.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Houston trip planning tool.

You can fly from Arches National Park to Houston in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Arches National Park in May: high temperatures in Houston hover around 84°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Houston

Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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.