13 days in Utah Itinerary

13 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive
5
Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moab
— 3 nights
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Salt Lake City

— 2 nights

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.
When in Salt Lake City, make a side trip to see Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway in Park City, approximately Park City away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Temple Square, explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, admire the natural beauty at Washington Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Salt Lake City road trip planner.

Newark to Salt Lake City is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. September in Salt Lake City sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
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 13th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of The Narrows and then trek along Angel's Landing. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and then explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Zion National Park tour itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Salt Lake City to Zion National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Salt Lake City in September since evenings lows in Zion National Park dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Rim Trail, take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point, then stroll through Navajo Loop Trail, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Sunrise Point, then take in panoramic vistas at Bryce Point, and then get great views at Inspiration Point.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. In September, Bryce Canyon National Park is a bit cooler than Zion National Park - with highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): stroll through Wildcat Trail, explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley attractions planner.

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Monument Valley in 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September; daily highs in Monument Valley reach 81°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Tours · Nature · Outdoors

Canyonlands National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): get great views at Grand View Point Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Island in the Sky, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pothole Point Trail. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Shafer Canyon Overlook, trek along Shafer Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at The Maze.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Canyonlands National Park trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Canyonlands National Park in 4 hours. In September in Canyonlands National Park, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Moab

— 3 nights

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 20th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, then take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Courthouse Towers. Here are some ideas for day two: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Fiend, and then see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Moab trip planner.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Moab in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Moab are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. On the 22nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

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.