17 days in Utah Itinerary

17 days in Utah Itinerary

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Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 3 nights
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Monument Valley
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tropic
— 2 nights
Drive
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 4 nights
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St. George
— 3 nights
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Moab

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Visiting Windows and Slickrock Bike Trail will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Devils Garden Trailhead and Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites. Explore Moab's surroundings by going to Arches National Park (Landscape Arch & Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint). The adventure continues: stroll through Park Avenue Trail and get outside with Chile Pepper Bike Shop.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Moab online road trip planner.

Indianapolis to Moab is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Moab due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 49°F in Moab. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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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 in touch with nature at Valley of the Gods and Wildcat Trail. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bluff Fort Historic Site and Forrest Gump Point. Step out of Monument Valley to go to Mexican Hat and see Muley Point Overlook, which is approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Moki Dugway and walk around Sandstone Tours.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Monument Valley trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Moab to Monument Valley takes 3 hours. Traveling from Moab in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 44°F in Monument Valley. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tropic.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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Tropic

Tropic is a town in Garfield County, Utah, United States, along Utah Scenic Byway 12. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, take some stellar pictures from Yovimpa Point, and then stroll through Rainbow Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Thor's Hammer, then take in the dramatic natural features at Wall Street, and then explore the striking landscape at Queen Victoria.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tropic trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Tropic in 5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in May, expect Tropic to be slightly colder, temps between 63°F and 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Tropic

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Get outdoors at Highway 12 Scenic Byway and Grand Wash Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Hickman Bridge Trail and Fruita Campground. There's still lots to do: trek along Goosenecks Overlook, contemplate the long history of Gifford Homestead, stroll through Capitol Gorge Trail, and don't miss a visit to Fremont Petroglyphs.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Capitol Reef National Park online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tropic to Capitol Reef National Park takes 2.5 hours. May in Capitol Reef National Park sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to St. George.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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St. George

St. Discover out-of-the-way places like Snow Canyon State Park and Zion Rock & Mountain Guides. Popular historic sites such as Brigham Young Winter Home Historical Site and St. George Tabernacle are in your itinerary. Take a break from St. George with a short trip to Fort Zion Gift Shop, Petting Farm, Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor in Virgin, about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see Southern Utah Adventure Center, contemplate the long history of Jacob Hamlin Home, have fun and explore at St. George Children's Museum, and stop by Kayenta.

Discover how to plan a St. George trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to St. George takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in May, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in St. George: temperatures range from 83°F by day to 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. George

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Utah travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
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.