16 days in Utah Itinerary

16 days in Utah Itinerary

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16 days in Utah Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Zion National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kanab
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
4
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Monument Valley
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Arches National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

2
nights
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
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.
On the 1st (Fri), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms and then take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple, then get lost in a book at Family History Library, and finally view the masterpieces at Art at the Main Gallery.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City travel planner.

Indianapolis to Salt Lake City is an approximately 6-hour combination of tram, flight, and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Indianapolis to Salt Lake City is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Big Cottonwood Canyon ©
Big Cottonwood Canyon
Family History Library ©
Family History Library

4
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.
Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at The Narrows. There's lots more to do: trek along Angel's Landing, take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, tour the pleasant surroundings at Observation Point, and take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Salt Lake City to Zion National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Salt Lake City in September since evenings lows in Zion National Park dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kanab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

few
hours
Kanab

Kanab ©
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. On the 7th (Thu), stop by Denny's Wigwam, explore the ancient world of Moqui Cave, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kanab custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Kanab takes 2 hours. September in Kanab sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Kanab

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Moqui Cave ©
Moqui Cave
Denny's Wigwam ©
Denny's Wigwam

3
nights
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get great views at Inspiration Point and then hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, then stroll through Navajo Loop Trail, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Bryce Point.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kanab to Bryce Canyon National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Kanab in September, expect Bryce Canyon National Park to be a bit cooler, temps between 71°F and 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Trails Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail

3
nights
Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Goosenecks State Park and then steep yourself in history at Bluff Fort Historic Site.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Monument Valley trip generator.

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Monument Valley in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September; daily highs in Monument Valley reach 80°F and lows reach 51°F. On the 13th (Wed), you're off toArches National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mexican Hat, Moki Dugway, Bluff Fort Historic Site, Goosenecks State Park
Highlights from your plan
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Muley Point Overlook ©
Muley Point Overlook
Moki Dugway ©
Moki Dugway

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Arches National Park side-trips: Moab (River Rafting & Tubing & La Sal Mountain Loop). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and make a trip to Partition Arch.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park itinerary builder.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Arches National Park in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Moab
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Partition Arch ©
Partition Arch

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