16 days in Utah Itinerary

16 days in Utah Itinerary

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16 days in Utah Itinerary

Start: San Jose
Fly + Drive:  13​h 45​min
1
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Zion National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: San Jose

2
nights
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Shop till you drop at Moab Rock Shop and Tom Till Gallery. Get outdoors at La Sal Mountain Loop and Mesa Arch. Explore Moab's surroundings by going to Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky & Shafer Trail) and Windows (in Arches National Park). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch and do some rugged touring at local off-road trails.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Moab trip planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Moab is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from San Jose in September, expect little chillier with lows of 15°C in Moab. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road & ATV Trails
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch

1
night
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 17th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, then see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., and then stroll through Wildcat Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Monument Valley trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Moab to Monument Valley in 3 hours. In September in Monument Valley, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wildcat Trail ©
Wildcat Trail
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Rainbow Point and Sunset Point. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fairyland Loop Trail and Navajo Loop Trail. Spend the 19th (Thu) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Queen's Garden Trail, take some stellar pictures from Sunrise Point, take in the pleasant sights at Paria View, and take in the dramatic natural features at Wall Street.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park travel planning tool .

Drive from Monument Valley to Bryce Canyon National Park in 6 hours. In September, Bryce Canyon National Park is slightly colder than Monument Valley - with highs of 24°C and lows of 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop
Rainbow Point ©
Rainbow Point

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kolob Canyons and Canyon Overlook Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Observation Point and Temple of Sinawava Trail. Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at The Narrows. There's still lots to do: cruise along Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, hike along Riverside Walk, and take in breathtaking views at Pine Creek Canyon.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Zion National Park online day trip planner .

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 34°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Canyon Overlook Trail ©
Canyon Overlook Trail
Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway ©
Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway
Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Golden Spike National Historic Site. On the next day, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, and then shop like a local with Art at the Main Gallery.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City trip maker tool .

Do a combination of car and flight from Zion National Park to Salt Lake City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Zion National Park in September, Salt Lake City is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Golden Spike National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Golden Spike National Historic Site ©
Fishing Charters & Tours
City Creek Center ©
City Creek Center

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