12 days in Utah Itinerary

12 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah travel route planner

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Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive
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Springdale
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bryce
— 3 nights
Drive
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Fly

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Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Off-Road & ATV Trails has been added to your itinerary. On the 31st (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, get interesting insight from Tours, and explore the striking landscape at Corona Arch.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Moab tour planner.

Knoxville to Moab is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Knoxville in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Moab, with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Monument Valley

— 1 night
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 3rd (Thu): see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours and then explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Monument Valley journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Moab to Monument Valley takes 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Moab in June; daily highs in Monument Valley reach 87°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Springdale.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Nature · Tours

Springdale

— 3 nights
Located just outside Zion National Park, Springdale's 600 residents welcome thousands of visitors a year to their tiny town.
Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Zion National Park. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Observation Point, get a taste of the local shopping with David J West Gallery, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Springdale visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Springdale takes 5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in June, expect nights in Springdale to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 94°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bryce.

Things to do in Springdale

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Bryce

— 3 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.
Spend the 7th (Mon) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. There's still lots to do: get great views at Inspiration Point, enjoy breathtaking views from Bryce Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge, and trek along Queen's Garden Trail.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bryce online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Springdale to Bryce takes 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Springdale in June; daily highs in Bryce reach 79°F and lows reach 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Salt Lake City day trip planning site.

Drive from Bryce to Salt Lake City in 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Bryce in June: highs in Salt Lake City hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Nature

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.