17 days in Utah & New Mexico Itinerary

17 days in Utah & New Mexico Itinerary

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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Moab
— 3 nights
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
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Ramah
— 1 night
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Albuquerque
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
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Salt Lake City — 2 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Temple Square and Provo City Center Temple are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, immerse yourself in nature at This is the Place Heritage Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Church of Saint Mark.

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London, UK to Salt Lake City is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from London to Salt Lake City. Traveling from London in May, you will find days in Salt Lake City are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Zion National Park.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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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.
On the 9th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing and then admire all the interesting features of Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Salt Lake City to Zion National Park by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Salt Lake City in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Zion National Park, with lows of 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Moab.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Moab — 3 nights

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Escape the urban bustle at Arches National Park and Off-Road Tours. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get a dose of the wild on Deep Desert Expeditions, and immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Moab trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Moab takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of flight and car. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Moab when traveling from Zion National Park in May, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Monument Valley.
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Monument Valley — 1 night

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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Monument Valley trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Moab to Monument Valley takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Moab in May, Monument Valley is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Ramah.
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Ramah — 1 night

Ramah is a census-designated place in McKinley County, New Mexico, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stroll through Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and then explore the striking landscape at El Morro National Monument.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Ramah trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Monument Valley to Ramah by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Monument Valley in May, Ramah is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Albuquerque.
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Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Albuquerque — 3 nights

Albuquerque remains one of the state's secret jewels, as its tourist attractions are often overshadowed by the more popular holiday destination of Santa Fe.
Take a break from the city and head to Bandelier National Monument and Petroglyph National Monument. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Albuquerque Old Town and Albuquerque New Mexico Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Laguna Pueblo Mission in Laguna (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Coronado Historic Site and take in the spiritual surroundings of San Felipe de Neri Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Albuquerque tour itinerary website.

Drive from Ramah to Albuquerque in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Ramah in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Albuquerque, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Santa Fe.
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Santa Fe — 4 nights

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Popular historic sites such as Loretto Chapel and Santa Fe Plaza are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Fort Union National Monument in Watrous (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, get lost in a book at New Mexico History Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and take in the exciting artwork at Nedra Matteucci Galleries.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Santa Fe trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albuquerque in May, Santa Fe is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · National Parks
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.
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New Mexico travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.
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