16 days in Utah & Northern Arizona Itinerary

16 days in Utah & Northern Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary planner

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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Moab
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Page
— 1 night
Drive
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanab
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryce
— 1 night
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Salt Lake City

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): examine the collection at Hill Aerospace Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art at the Main Gallery. Keep things going the next day: get curious at Wheeler Historic Farm, then go for a charming ride with Rocky Mountain Outfitters, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Temple Square.

Make your Salt Lake City itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Seattle to Salt Lake City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. October in Salt Lake City sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Get outdoors at Arches National Park and Mesa Arch. Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, and surround yourself with nature on Deep Desert Expeditions.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Moab tour site.

Drive from Salt Lake City to Moab in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. In October in Moab, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

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 15th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, then hike along Wildcat Trail, and then see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Monument Valley tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Moab to Monument Valley takes 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Monument Valley are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Page.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Page

— 1 night

Center of Canyon Country

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Horseshoe Bend, then explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon, and finally see human ingenuity at work at The Chains.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Page sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Page takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Page, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Page

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Get a sense of the local culture at Bright Angel Point and Kolb Studio. Get outdoors at Grand Canyon South Rim and Nature & Wildlife Tours. On the 19th (Mon), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Cape Royal, get great views at Mather Point, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, and hike along South Kaibab Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park tour app.

Traveling by car from Page to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Page in October: highs in Grand Canyon National Park hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kanab.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Kanab

— 1 night
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): skim along the rocks with Kanab Tour Company, view the masterpieces at Raven's Heart Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and finally get engrossed in the history at Historical Kanab Library.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kanab trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Kanab in 4 hours. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kanab, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Bryce.

Things to do in Kanab

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Bryce

— 1 night
Serving as a gateway to the adjacent Bryce Canyon National Park, the tiny town of Bryce draws outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers all year round.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge, then explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, then hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, and finally hike along Navajo Loop Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bryce trip planning tool.

Getting from Kanab to Bryce by car takes about 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kanab in October, with highs in Bryce at 61°F and lows at 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows.

Before you visit Zion National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bryce to Zion National Park. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryce in October; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 74°F and lows reach 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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.