12 days in United States Itinerary

12 days in United States Itinerary

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12 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New Orleans
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Salt Lake City
— Few hours
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
4
Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Kanab
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: New Orleans

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Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City
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.
For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City online journey planner .

New Orleans to Salt Lake City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from New Orleans to Salt Lake City is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New Orleans in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Salt Lake City, with lows around 51°F. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off toArches National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
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 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace, hike along Turret Arch, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Courthouse Towers, then take in the dramatic natural features at Tower of Babel, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Broken Arch.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Salt Lake City to Arches National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Turret Arch ©
Turret Arch

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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park
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.
On the 26th (Sun), cruise along White Rim Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pothole Point Trail, and then trek along White Rim Trail.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Canyonlands National Park journey planning tool .

You can drive from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Canyonlands National Park are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park ©
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.
You've now added Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and then look for all kinds of wild species at Capitol Reef National Park .

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Capitol Reef National Park day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Capitol Reef National Park takes 4 hours. In May, Capitol Reef National Park is a bit cooler than Canyonlands National Park - with highs of 63°F and lows of 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
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.
You've now added Wire Pass Trail (Buckskin Gulch access) to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): trek along Rim Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Queen Victoria, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, and finally hike along Wire Pass Trail (Buckskin Gulch access).

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kanab.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Wire Pass Trail (Buckskin Gulch access)
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop

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Kanab

Kanab ©
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire all the interesting features of Point Imperial Drive and then identify plant and animal life at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the stunning scenery at Buckskin Gulch, explore the stunning scenery at Nautilus Rock, and then contemplate the long history of Old Paria.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kanab online itinerary planner .

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Kanab by car takes about 1.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in May: high temperatures in Kanab hover around 76°F and lows are around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Kanab

Parks Scenic Drive Wildlife

Side Trip

Point Imperial Drive
Highlights from your plan
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary ©
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Old Paria ©
Old Paria

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Zion National Park

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 31st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Angel's Landing.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Kanab to Zion National Park takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): try your luck at Casino at the Venetian, take a stroll through The Strip, then try to win big at Paris Las Vegas, and finally don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip planning website .

Getting from Zion National Park to Las Vegas by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zion National Park to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Zion National Park in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Las Vegas, with highs around 103°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
Paris Las Vegas ©
Paris Las Vegas

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