16 days in Utah Itinerary

16 days in Utah Itinerary

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16 days in Utah Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  19​h
1
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kanab
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
4
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Torrey
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Moab
— 2 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Brisbane

1
night
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 14th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Assembly Hall and then get in on the family fun at Park City Alpine Slide. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Deer Valley Resort and then view the masterpieces at Fatali Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Salt Lake City vacation planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Salt Lake City is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Brisbane to Salt Lake City, you'll gain 17 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Brisbane in December, with highs in Salt Lake City at 4°C and lows at -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Park City
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Deer Valley Resort ©
Deer Valley Resort
Park City Alpine Slide ©
Park City Alpine Slide
Assembly Hall ©
Assembly Hall

3
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.
On the 16th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Angel's Landing, then cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and then snap pictures at Rockville Bridge.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Zion National Park vacation planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Salt Lake City to Zion National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Salt Lake City in December: highs in Zion National Park hover around 11°C, while lows dip to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Kanab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Rockville Bridge
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

1
day
Kanab

Kanab ©
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. On the 18th (Wed), look for gifts at Denny's Wigwam, look for all kinds of wild species at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, then delve into the distant past at Moqui Cave, and finally admire the majestic nature at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kanab online attractions planner .

Getting from Zion National Park to Kanab by car takes about 2 hours. In December in Kanab, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Kanab

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park ©
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Moqui Cave ©
Moqui Cave
Denny's Wigwam ©
Denny's Wigwam

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night
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.
On the 19th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then hike along Navajo Loop Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park trip maker .

You can drive from Kanab to Bryce Canyon National Park in 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kanab in December, with highs in Bryce Canyon National Park at 2°C and lows at -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Torrey.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail

3
nights
Torrey

Torrey ©
Torrey is a town located on State Route 24 in Wayne County, Utah, United States, 8mi from Capitol Reef National Park. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Capitol Reef National Park . On the next day, take a memorable drive along Highway 12 Scenic Byway and then admire the sheer force of Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Torrey road trip planning app .

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Torrey in 2.5 hours. In December in Torrey, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -15°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Torrey

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Capitol Reef National Park, Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area
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Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park
Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area ©
Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area
Goosenecks Overlook ©
Goosenecks Overlook

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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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Natural Bridges National Monument.

To find out how to plan a trip to Monument Valley, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Torrey to Monument Valley in 4 hours. Traveling from Torrey in December, Monument Valley is a bit warmer at night with lows of -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Natural Bridges National Monument, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
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Natural Bridges National Monument ©
Natural Bridges National Monument
Wildcat Trail ©
Wildcat Trail
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Delicate Arch and then immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Moab online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Moab takes 3 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Moab, with lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Moab

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

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