13 days in Utah Itinerary

13 days in Utah Itinerary

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13 days in Utah Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Zion National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Kanab
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Moab
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Minneapolis

1
night
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.
On the 19th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, and then make a trip to Temple Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through This is the Place Heritage Park, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Utah, and then don't miss a visit to Olympic Cauldron Park.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City holiday planner.

Minneapolis to Salt Lake City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in October, you will find days in Salt Lake City are somewhat warmer (68°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Salt Lake Temple ©
Salt Lake Temple
The Tabernacle ©
The Tabernacle

4
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to The Narrows and Angel's Landing. Take a break from Zion National Park with a short trip to DeZion Gallery in Springdale, about 32 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Zion National Park. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon, and cruise along Zion Shuttle.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Zion National Park trip planner .

Getting from Salt Lake City to Zion National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in October: highs in Zion National Park hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Zion West Ranch, DeZion Gallery
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

2
nights
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 25th (Thu): get great views at Inspiration Point, then stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, then trek along Navajo Loop Trail, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Peek-A-Boo Loop.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park holiday planner .

Drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Zion National Park in October, with highs in Bryce Canyon National Park at 61°F and lows at 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kanab.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point

1
night
Kanab

Kanab ©
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, explore the ancient world of Moqui Cave, then look for all kinds of wild species at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and finally look for gifts at Denny's Wigwam.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kanab day trip planning website .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Kanab in 2 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in October, things will get a bit warmer in Kanab: highs are around 74°F and lows about 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Kanab

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary ©
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park ©
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Moqui Cave ©
Moqui Cave

1
night
Monument Valley

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 28th (Sun): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, stop by Monument Valley Navajo Market, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Monument Valley route planning site .

You can drive from Kanab to Monument Valley in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Kanab in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Monument Valley, with lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Market ©
Monument Valley Navajo Market

3
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Take a break from the city and head to Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moab: Arches National Park (Delicate Arch, Wolfe Ranch, & more). Next up on the itinerary: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Moab trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Moab takes 3 hours. October in Moab sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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