18 days in Utah & Dallas Itinerary

18 days in Utah & Dallas Itinerary

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18 days in Utah & Dallas Itinerary

Start: Hartford
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Kanab
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Dallas
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Hartford

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Tom Till Gallery and then don't miss a visit to Wolfe Ranch Rock Art. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Arches National Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Moab online route planner .

Hartford to Moab is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Hartford to Moab. Traveling from Hartford in December, Moab is little chillier at night with lows of 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Moab

Nature Parks Outdoors

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

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, then look for gifts at Navajo Jewelry and Design, then see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., and finally look for gifts at Monument Valley Navajo Market.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Monument Valley online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Moab to Monument Valley takes 3 hours. In December in Monument Valley, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 20°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kanab.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Shopping Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Monument Valley Navajo Market ©
Monument Valley Navajo Market
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.

1
night
Kanab

Kanab ©
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): stop by Denny's Wigwam, identify plant and animal life at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, then explore the ancient world of Moqui Cave, and finally admire the majestic nature at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kanab trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Kanab takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Monument Valley in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kanab: temperatures range from 50°F by day to 20°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Kanab

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

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Bryce Point, get great views at Inspiration Point, and then trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Sunset Point, then hike along Navajo Loop Trail, then look for gifts at Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sunrise Point.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park travel route planning site .

Traveling by car from Kanab to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 2 hours. In December, Bryce Canyon National Park is a bit cooler than Kanab - with highs of 36°F and lows of 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Springdale (Worthington Gallery, Sorella Gallery, & more). Spend the 21st (Fri) exploring nature at The Narrows. The adventure continues: stroll through Angel's Landing, take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon, explore and take pictures at Observation Point, and take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in December, with highs in Zion National Park at 50°F and lows at 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Springdale
Highlights from your plan
The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive ©
Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
Angel's Landing ©
Angel's Landing

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Salt Lake City side-trips: Deer Valley Resort (in Park City), Alta Ski Resort (in Alta) and Backcountry Snowmobiling (in Coalville). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Temple Square, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Utah, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and get a taste of the local shopping with Art at the Main Gallery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Salt Lake City day trip planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Zion National Park to Salt Lake City in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Traveling from Zion National Park in December, you will find days in Salt Lake City are a bit cooler (39°F), and nights are about the same (24°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dallas.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Backcountry Snowmobiling, Alta Ski Resort, Deer Valley Resort
Highlights from your plan
Backcountry Snowmobiling ©
Backcountry Snowmobiling
Deer Valley Resort ©
Deer Valley Resort
Temple Square ©
Temple Square

3
nights
Dallas

Dallas ©
One of the country's most popular shopping destinations, Dallas and its sprawling suburbs include more shopping centers per capita than any other urban center in America.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dallas: Fort Worth (Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District & Kimbell Art Museum). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, have fun at American Airlines Center, explore and take pictures at AT&T Stadium, and admire the natural beauty at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Dallas trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to Dallas takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Salt Lake City in December, expect Dallas to be somewhat warmer, temps between 59°F and 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dallas

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arlington, Fort Worth, A. W. Perry Homestead, Las Colinas Flower Clock
Highlights from your plan
Top O'Hill Terrace ©
Top O'Hill Terrace
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens ©

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