12 days in Utah Itinerary

12 days in Utah Itinerary

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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
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Moab
— 1 day
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Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Hanksville
— 1 day
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
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Salt Lake City
— 1 day

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Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©

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.
On the 29th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, and then admire the striking features of LDS Conference Center.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City trip itinerary maker tool.

Syracuse to Salt Lake City is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Syracuse to Salt Lake City is minus 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Salt Lake City can reach 39°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Religious Site
Temple Square
4.6
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Religious Site
Salt Lake Temple
4.5

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace, then take in the dramatic natural features at Pine Tree Arch, then hike along Devils Garden Trailhead, and finally don't miss a visit to Partition Arch.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Salt Lake City to Arches National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Salt Lake City in December, Arches National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Moab.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Geologic Formation
Fiery Furnace
4.8
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Hiking Trail
Devils Garden Trailhead
4.8
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Landmark
Partition Arch
4.9

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Moab

Moab ©

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): view the masterpieces at Gallery Moab LCA, stop by The T Shirt Shop, and then admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Moab vacation builder website.

Getting from Arches National Park to Moab by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In January, daytime highs in Moab are 36°F, while nighttime lows are 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Museums
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Art Gallery
Gallery Moab LCA
4.7
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Gift & Specialty Shop
The T Shirt Shop
4.5

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Island in the Sky, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch, and then stroll through Aztec Butte Trail.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Canyonlands National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Moab to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daytime highs in Canyonlands National Park are 36°F, while nighttime lows are 16°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hanksville.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Geologic Formation
Mesa Arch
4.8

1
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Hanksville

Hanksville ©
Hanksville is a small town in Wayne County, Utah, United States, at the junction of State Routes 24 and 95. On the 3rd (Sun), head outdoors with Moonscape Overlook, then explore the stunning scenery at Little Wild Horse Canyon, then contemplate the long history of The Wolverton Mill, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hollow Mountain.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hanksville online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Hanksville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Hanksville, expect temperatures between 36°F during the day and 16°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Hanksville

Nature · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Historic Site
The Wolverton Mill
4.0
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Architectural Building
Hollow Mountain
4.0

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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.
On the 4th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Gifford Homestead, then contemplate the long history of Fruita Schoolhouse, then hike along The Hickman Bridge Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to Fremont Petroglyphs.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Capitol Reef National Park trip maker app.

Getting from Hanksville to Capitol Reef National Park by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive. Traveling from Hanksville in January, Capitol Reef National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 8°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails
Highlights from your trip
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Historic Site
Gifford Homestead
4.5
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Architectural Building
Fruita Schoolhouse
3.5

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge, then stroll through Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then get great views at Inspiration Point, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Bryce Point. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Navajo Loop Trail, get great views at Sunset Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Queen's Garden Trail, then look for gifts at Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, and finally get great views at Fairyland Point.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Bryce Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 36°F and lows of 8°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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Must see
Navajo Loop Trail
4.9
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Must see
Inspiration Point
4.9

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in January, with highs in Zion National Park at 52°F and lows at 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your trip
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Must see
The Narrows
4.9
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National Park
Zion National Park
4.7

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Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©

Crossroads of the West

On the 9th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Art at the Main Gallery.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Salt Lake City tour builder tool.

You can fly from Zion National Park to Salt Lake City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Zion National Park in January: highs in Salt Lake City hover around 38°F, while lows dip to 22°F. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Shopping · Museums
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