13 days in Utah Itinerary

13 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah travel planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive
2
Moab
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kanab
— 1 night
Drive
5
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Escalante
— 1 night
Drive to Cedar City, Fly to Chicago

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Arches National Park

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace and then make a trip to Delicate Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Arches National Park Scenic Drive, then explore the striking landscape at Windows, then explore the striking landscape at Double Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Arches National Park online travel planner.

Chicago to Arches National Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Arches National Park are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Arches National Park and Off-Road Tours. There's still lots to do: admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Fiend, get a dose of the wild on Deep Desert Expeditions, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Moab trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Moab takes an hour. In June in Moab, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · 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 5th (Sat): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Monument Valley trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Moab to Monument Valley by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Moab in June, things will get slightly colder in Monument Valley: highs are around 87°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kanab.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Nature · Parks · Tours

Kanab

— 1 night
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): stop by Denny's Wigwam, then look for all kinds of wild species at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, then stroll through Squaw Trail, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanab online day trip planner.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Kanab in 4 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in June, you will find days in Kanab are a bit warmer (94°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Kanab

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

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.
On the 7th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, then don't miss a visit to Observation Point, and then stroll through Angel's Landing.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park online trip planner.

You can drive from Kanab to Zion National Park in an hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

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.
Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point, explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge, explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, and hike along Fairyland Loop Trail.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park visit planning tool.

Getting from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, Bryce Canyon National Park is a bit cooler than Zion National Park - with highs of 79°F and lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Escalante.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Escalante

— 1 night
Escalante is a city in Garfield County, Utah, United States located along Utah Scenic Byway 12 (SR-12) in the south central part of the state. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Escalante Heritage Center.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Escalante day trip site.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Escalante takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Escalante are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Escalante

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Utah travel guide

4.8
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.