17 days in Utah Itinerary

17 days in Utah Itinerary

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17 days in Utah Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  9​h
1
St. George
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Capitol Reef National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Arches National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Monument Valley
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h
End: New York City

4
nights
St. George

St. George ©
St. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hidden Canyon and Brigham Young Winter Home Historical Site. Get some historical perspective at St. George Tabernacle and Jacob Hamblin Home. Explore St. George's surroundings by going to Springdale (Zion Rock & Mountain Guides & LaFave Gallery) and Fort Zion Gift Shop, Petting Farm, Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor (in Virgin). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm, admire the majestic nature at Snow Canyon State Park, and examine the collection at St. George Children's Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our St. George online tour planner .

New York City to St. George is an approximately 10-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in September, expect nights in St. George to be about the same, around 64°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in St. George

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Springdale, Hidden Canyon, Snow Canyon State Park, Fort Zion Gift Shop, Petting Farm, Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor
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St. George Tabernacle ©
St. George Tabernacle
Hidden Canyon ©
Hidden Canyon

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.
Get in touch with nature at Wall Street and Rainbow Point. Discover out-of-the-way places like Queen's Garden Trail and Natural Bridge. Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Hammer.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park trip planning app .

Drive from St. George to Bryce Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from St. George, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Bryce Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 61°F to lows of 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Natural Bridge
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Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop
Rainbow Point ©
Rainbow Point
Wall Street ©
Wall Street

2
nights
Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Fruita Campground and then hike along Capitol Gorge Trail. On the next day, trek along Goosenecks Overlook, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Hickman Bridge Trail, and then contemplate the long history of Gifford Homestead.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Capitol Reef National Park trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Anasazi State Park Museum
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Fruita Campground ©
Fruita Campground
Goosenecks Overlook ©
Goosenecks Overlook
Gifford Homestead ©
Gifford Homestead

4
nights
Arches National Park

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Park Avenue Trail and Devils Garden Trailhead. Get in touch with nature at Fiery Furnace and Landscape Arch. Go for a jaunt from Arches National Park to Moab to see Moab Rock Shop about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Windows, trek along Balanced Rock Trail, and don't miss a visit to Partition Arch.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Arches National Park travel route builder .

Drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Arches National Park in 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in October, with highs in Arches National Park at 71°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Moab
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Landscape Arch ©
Landscape Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace
Devils Garden Trailhead ©
Devils Garden Trailhead

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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Forrest Gump Point, then stroll through Sandstone Tours, and then trek along Wildcat Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Moki Dugway, then take some stellar pictures from Muley Point Overlook, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Gods.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Monument Valley trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Monument Valley takes 4 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 42°F. You will leave for home on the 14th (Sun).

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Mexican Hat, Moki Dugway
Highlights from your plan
Wildcat Trail ©
Wildcat Trail
Moki Dugway ©
Moki Dugway
Valley of the Gods ©
Valley of the Gods

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