13 days in Utah Itinerary

13 days in Utah Itinerary

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13 days in Utah Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Capitol Reef National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Bryce
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Raleigh

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): trek along Balanced Rock Trail, don't miss a visit to The Overlook Gallery, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Fiend, then explore the striking landscape at Corona Arch, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Double Down Bike Shop. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Wilson's Arch, then take a memorable drive along La Sal Mountain Loop, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Negro Bill Canyon Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab trip maker site .

Raleigh to Moab is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Raleigh in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Moab, with lows of 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Balanced Rock Trail ©
Balanced Rock Trail
Corona Arch ©
Corona Arch
Negro Bill Canyon Trail ©
Negro Bill Canyon Trail

2
nights
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Double O Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Broken Arch, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Sand Dune Arch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Tower Arch and then hike along Park Avenue Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Arches National Park trip planner .

Drive from Moab to Arches National Park in an hour. In October, daytime highs in Arches National Park are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Double O Arch ©
Double O Arch
Sand Dune Arch ©
Sand Dune Arch
Tower Arch ©
Tower Arch

2
nights
Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park ©
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.
On the 7th (Wed), take a memorable drive along White Rim Road, then explore the stunning scenery at Horseshoe Canyon, and then hike along White Rim Trail.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Canyonlands National Park trip itinerary website .

Getting from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. October in Canyonlands National Park sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
White Rim Road ©
White Rim Road
White Rim Trail ©
White Rim Trail

2
nights
Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Factory Butte, then head outdoors with Notom Road Scenic Backway, and then explore the striking landscape at Water Pocket Fold. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Frying Pan Trail, then don't miss a visit to Fruita Schoolhouse, and then trek along Chimney Rock Trail.

Make your Capitol Reef National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 4 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Canyonlands National Park in October: high temperatures in Capitol Reef National Park hover around 61°F and lows are around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bryce.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Factory Butte
Highlights from your plan
Water Pocket Fold ©
Water Pocket Fold
Factory Butte ©
Factory Butte
Fruita Schoolhouse ©
Fruita Schoolhouse

1
night
Bryce

Bryce ©
On the 10th (Sat), experience the excitement of Ruby's Horseback Adventures, then explore the striking landscape at Thor's Hammer, then stroll through Rim Trail, and finally explore the striking landscape at Bryce Amphitheatre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Paria View, then trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, and then take in the views from Natural Bridge.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bryce attractions planning app .

You can drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in October, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bryce Canyon National Park
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Thor's Hammer ©
Thor's Hammer
Ruby's Horseback Adventures ©
Ruby's Horseback Adventures

2
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Zion Shuttle, hike along Riverside Walk, and then hike along Temple of Sinawava Trail.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Bryce to Zion National Park with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryce in October; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 74°F and lows reach 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Springdale
Highlights from your plan
Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail
Watchman Trail ©
Watchman Trail
Zion Shuttle ©
Zion Shuttle

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