18 days in Utah, Boise & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

18 days in Utah, Boise & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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Salt Lake City
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Boise
— 3 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
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Bryce
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Lake Powell
— 1 night
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Moab
— 2 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
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Salt Lake City

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 28th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Art at the Main Gallery.

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Atlanta to Salt Lake City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Salt Lake City is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in May, things will get little chillier in Salt Lake City: highs are around 72°F and lows about 51°F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Fri) before leaving for Boise.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Shopping · Museums
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Boise

— 3 nights

City of Trees

From its main thoroughfare, Boise greets visitors with a view of downtown framed by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Idaho State Capitol Building. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Julia Davis Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Boise River Greenbelt, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Boise.

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Getting from Salt Lake City to Boise by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Boise can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to fly to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Boise

Parks · Trails · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Salt Lake City

— 2 nights

Crossroads of the West

On the 31st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple, take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon, and then admire the landmark architecture of LDS Conference Center. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Madeleine, then steep yourself in history at McCune Mansion, and then head off the coast to Antelope Island State Park.

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You can fly from Boise to Salt Lake City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Bryce.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): experience the excitement of Ruby's Horseback Adventures, trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge, and finally take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Peek-A-Boo Loop.

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You can drive from Salt Lake City to Bryce in 4 hours. Traveling from Salt Lake City in June, you will find days in Bryce are little chillier (79°F), and nights are much colder (40°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce

Outdoors · Parks · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore and take pictures at Zion Shuttle.

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Drive from Bryce to Zion National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryce in June; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 94°F and lows reach 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 5th (Sat), hike along Bright Angel Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at North Rim Visitor Center and then go for a walk through The Trail of Time.

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Explore your travel options from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in June; daily highs in Grand Canyon National Park reach 85°F and lows reach 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Lake Powell.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Lake Powell

— 1 night
Lake Powell serves as the playground for the town of Page, drawing nearly three million visitors annually.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): stroll through Rainbow Bridge Trail.

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Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Lake Powell by car takes about 7.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in June, you will find days in Lake Powell are a bit warmer (96°F), and nights are much hotter (69°F). On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Moab.

Things to do in Lake Powell

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 9th (Wed), stroll through Arches National Park. Keep things going the next day: skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bike Fiend, and then see Off-Road Tours.

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Getting from Lake Powell to Moab by car takes about 8.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Moab when traveling from Lake Powell in June, with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Salt Lake City

— 3 nights

Crossroads of the West

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salt Lake City: Park City Main Street Historic District (in Park City) and Rocky Mountain Outfitters (in Midway). Explore Salt Lake City further: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, pause for some photo ops at National Pony Express Monument, take in nature's colorful creations at Red Butte Garden, and contemplate the long history of Assembly Hall.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City vacation planner.

Drive from Moab to Salt Lake City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and train. While traveling from Moab, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Salt Lake City, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 62°F. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Utah travel guide

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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.