15 days in Utah Itinerary

15 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah holiday planner

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Make it your trip
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moab
— 4 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.
Step out of Salt Lake City to go to Alta and see Alta Ski Area, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, steep yourself in history at McCune Mansion, tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple Square, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City trip itinerary maker site.

Raleigh to Salt Lake City is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Raleigh to Salt Lake City. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Raleigh in May; daily highs in Salt Lake City reach 72°F and lows reach 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Zion National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park, hike along Canyon Overlook Trail, admire all the interesting features of Zion Shuttle, and take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip builder.

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. Expect little chillier evenings in Zion National Park when traveling from Salt Lake City in May, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Bryce Canyon National Park is known for trails, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Peek-A-Boo Loop, go for a walk through Paria View, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fairyland Loop Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rim Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in May, expect Bryce Canyon National Park to be slightly colder, temps between 63°F and 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Monument Valley

— 2 nights
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. On the 17th (Sun), trek along 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. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours, then cruise along Moki Dugway, and then get great views at Muley Point Overlook.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Monument Valley trip maker.

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Monument Valley by car takes about 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in May; daily highs in Monument Valley reach 74°F and lows reach 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Moab.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Moab

— 4 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Moab is known for nature, adventure, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park, see Off-Road Tours, explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bike Fiend.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Moab trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Moab in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Utah travel guide

4.7
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.