18 days in Utah Itinerary

18 days in Utah Itinerary

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Vernal
— 2 nights
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Arches National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Mexican Hat
— 2 nights
Drive
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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St. George
— 2 nights
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Vernal

Vernal, the county seat and largest city in Uintah County is in northeastern Utah, United States, about 175mi east of Salt Lake City and west of the Colorado border. On the 11th (Sat), explore the ancient world of McConkie Ranch, then learn more about the world around you at Utah Field House of Natural History State Park, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dinosaur National Monument visitor center.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Vernal driving holiday planning tool.

Boston to Vernal is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Boston to Vernal, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in August, Vernal is little chillier at night with lows of 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Vernal

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

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3
nights
Arches National Park

A Red Rock Wonderland

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Windows and Landscape Arch. Get outdoors at Balanced Rock Trail and Fiery Furnace. Step out of Arches National Park to go to Moab and see Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's more to do: trek along Devils Garden Trailhead and don't miss a visit to Partition Arch.

For photos and more tourist information, read our Arches National Park vacation planner.

Drive from Vernal to Arches National Park in 4 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Vernal in August, with highs in Arches National Park at 92°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Landscape Arch ©
Must see
Landscape Arch
4.8
Fiery Furnace ©
Must see
Fiery Furnace
4.8
Windows
Must see
Windows
4.9

1
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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): trek along White Rim Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Island in the Sky. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook, then take some stellar pictures from Green River Overlook, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Shafer Trail.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Canyonlands National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park takes 1.5 hours. August in Canyonlands National Park sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mexican Hat.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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2
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Mexican Hat

Mexican Hat is a census-designated place (CDP) on the San Juan River on the northern edge of the Navajo Nations borders in south-central San Juan County, Utah, United States. On the 17th (Fri), cruise along Moki Dugway, then explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Gods, and then trek along Wildcat Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mexican Hat vacation builder tool.

Getting from Canyonlands National Park to Mexican Hat by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August, Mexican Hat is slightly colder than Canyonlands National Park - with highs of 87°F and lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Mexican Hat

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Valley of the Gods ©
Geologic Formation
Valley of the Gods
4.8
Wildcat Trail ©
Hiking Trail
Wildcat Trail
4.7
Moki Dugway ©
Scenic Drive
Moki Dugway
4.8

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Fruita Campground and then trek along Goosenecks Overlook. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Capitol Gorge Trail, then hike along The Hickman Bridge Trail, and then contemplate the long history of Gifford Homestead.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Capitol Reef National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Mexican Hat to Capitol Reef National Park in 3.5 hours. In August, Capitol Reef National Park is a bit cooler than Mexican Hat - with highs of 77°F and lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

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Fruita Campground ©
Must see
Fruita Campground
4.6
Gifford Homestead ©
Must see
Gifford Homestead
4.5

3
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Kodachrome Basin State Park and Wall Street. Discover out-of-the-way places like Queen's Garden Trail and Mossy Cave Trail. Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge and look for gifts at Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in August, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Wall Street ©
Must see
Wall Street
4.2
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Must see
Peek-A-Boo Loop
4.9

2
nights
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.
You've now added The Narrows to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): trek along The Narrows. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Hidden Canyon and then trek along Temple of Sinawava Trail.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Zion National Park journey tool.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in August; daily highs in Zion National Park reach 90°F and lows reach 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to St. George.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Hidden Canyon ©
Must see
Hidden Canyon
4.5
Court of the Patriarchs ©
National Park
Court of the Patriarchs
4.6

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St. George

St. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): play a few rounds at Entrada at Snow Canyon Golf Course, delve into the distant past at Anasazi Ridge Petroglyphs, and then relax in the rural setting at Fort Zion Gift Shop, Petting Farm, Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our St. George route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to St. George takes an hour. In August, St. George is a bit warmer than Zion National Park - with highs of 97°F and lows of 71°F. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. George

Historic Sites · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Pine Valley Chapel ©
Religious Site
Pine Valley Chapel
4.8

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