12 days in Utah Itinerary

12 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah attractions planner

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Make it your trip
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
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Kanab
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 3 nights
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Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Zion National Park and Canyon Overlook Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Riverside Walk and Hidden Canyon. There's lots more to do: stroll through Temple of Sinawava Trail, explore and take pictures at Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, and take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip itinerary planner.

Honolulu to Zion National Park is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Honolulu to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Honolulu in May, plan for little chillier days in Zion National Park, with highs around 76°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kanab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Kanab

— 1 night
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. On the 22nd (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Kanab Heritage House Museum, see Off-Road Tours, view the masterpieces at Raven's Heart Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and finally explore the ancient world of Moqui Cave.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kanab online trip maker.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Kanab in an hour. In May in Kanab, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Kanab

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Queen's Garden Trail and Fairyland Loop Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Peek-A-Boo Loop and Natural Bridge. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Rainbow Point, stroll through Navajo Loop Trail, take some stellar pictures from Sunset Point, and trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

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You can drive from Kanab to Bryce Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kanab in May, things will get a bit cooler in Bryce Canyon National Park: highs are around 63°F and lows about 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Capitol Reef National Park

— 1 night
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 26th (Tue), hike along The Hickman Bridge Trail and then explore the striking landscape of Capitol Reef National Park .

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Capitol Reef National Park vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park takes 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Trails

Arches National Park

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Windows and Double Arch. Escape the urban bustle at Devils Garden Trailhead and Delicate Arch. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Landscape Arch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fiery Furnace, take some stellar pictures from Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint, and don't miss a visit to Wolfe Ranch.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Arches National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Arches National Park takes 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in May; daily highs in Arches National Park reach 76°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Utah travel guide

4.8
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.