17 days in Utah & Durham Itinerary

17 days in Utah & Durham Itinerary

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17 days in Utah & Durham Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Shuttle:  8 h 15 min
1
Park City
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Kanab
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Bryce
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
Moab
— 3 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + Foot + Bus:  9 h 15 min
6
Durham
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Bus:  5 h 15 min
End: New York City

3
nights
Park City

Park City ©
Known globally as the home of the country's largest independent film festival, Park City finds its roots as an old silver boomtown located on the slopes of the Wasatch Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Park City: Alta Ski Resort (in Alta), Salt Lake City (Room Escape Games, Temple Square, & more) and Backcountry Snowmobiling (in Coalville). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Deer Valley Resort, stroll through Canyons Village at Park City, take in the exciting artwork at David Beavis Fine Art, and cool off at Park City Mountain Resort.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Park City itinerary builder tool .

New York City to Park City is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in December, expect nights in Park City to be cooler, around 13°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Park City

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Salt Lake City, Backcountry Snowmobiling, Alta Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Backcountry Snowmobiling ©
Backcountry Snowmobiling
Deer Valley Resort ©
Deer Valley Resort
Temple Square ©
Temple Square

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zion National Park: Springdale (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Joy Craft & Design). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of The Narrows, trek along Angel's Landing, explore and take pictures at Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and explore the stunning scenery at Zion's Main Canyon.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zion National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Park City to Zion National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Park City in December, expect Zion National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 50°F and 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kanab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Springdale
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive

1
night
Kanab

Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, then get engrossed in the history at Kanab Heritage House Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kanab Heritage Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kanab trip maker .

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Kanab takes 2 hours. In December in Kanab, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 20°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bryce.

Things to do in Kanab

Tours Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Historical Kanab Library ©
Historical Kanab Library

3
nights
Bryce

Bryce ©
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.
Step out of Bryce with an excursion to Highway 12 Scenic Byway in Torrey--about 50 minutes away.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bryce trip maker tool .

You can drive from Kanab to Bryce in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kanab in December, things will get little chillier in Bryce: highs are around 36°F and lows about 8°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bryce Canyon National Park, Highway 12 Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point

3
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moab: Delicate Arch (in Arches National Park) and Mesa Arch (in Canyonlands National Park). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park, admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, grab your bike and head to Double Down Bike Shop, and trek along Double Arch.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Moab trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Bryce to Moab in 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bryce in December since evenings lows in Moab dip to 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Durham.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arches National Park, Mesa Arch
Highlights from your plan
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park
Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park

2
nights
Durham

Durham ©
Once the seat of a thriving tobacco industry, Durham has seen some significant moments in American history.
Venture out of the city with trips to Raleigh (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Fletcher Park, & more) and Conservators Center (in Burlington). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, examine the collection at Mebane Train Display, explore the world behind art at North Carolina Museum of Art, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Durham Distillery.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Durham journey maker site .

Getting from Moab to Durham by combination of car and flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Moab to Durham. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Moab in January; daily highs in Durham reach 50°F and lows reach 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durham

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Raleigh, Mebane Train Display, Conservators Center
Highlights from your plan
Conservators Center ©
Conservators Center
Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Duke University Chapel ©
Duke University Chapel

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