18 days in Utah Itinerary

18 days in Utah Itinerary

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Fly to Canyonlands Field, Drive to Canyonlands National Park
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Escalante
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanab
— 1 night
Drive
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Springdale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Fly
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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Drive
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Park City
— 2 nights
Fly

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Canyonlands National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 14th (Mon), stroll through White Rim Trail and then take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): get great views at Green River Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky, and then explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Canyonlands National Park holiday planner.

Quebec City, Canada to Canyonlands National Park is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Quebec City to Canyonlands National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Quebec City in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Canyonlands National Park: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): make a trip to Wolfe Ranch, take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, and then scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Back of Beyond Books.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Moab trip planning website.

Getting from Canyonlands National Park to Moab by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May in Moab, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 11°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Thu) before leaving for Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Capitol Reef National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 18th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Capitol Reef National Park .

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Capitol Reef National Park online attractions planner.

Getting from Moab to Capitol Reef National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Moab in May, expect Capitol Reef National Park to be little chillier, temps between 20°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Escalante.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Escalante

— 1 night
Escalante is a city in Garfield County, Utah, United States located along Utah Scenic Byway 12 (SR-12) in the south central part of the state. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Highway 12 Scenic Byway, then learn more about the world around you at Escalante Heritage Center, and then explore the activities along Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Escalante trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Escalante takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Escalante are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Escalante

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 20th (Sun), get great views at Inspiration Point, hike along Navajo Loop Trail, and then stroll through Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

To see maps and tourist information, read our Bryce Canyon National Park trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Escalante to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 1.5 hours. May in Bryce Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kanab.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Kanab

— 1 night
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park and then identify plant and animal life at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kanab trip planner.

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Kanab in 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in May: high temperatures in Kanab hover around 28°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Springdale.

Things to do in Kanab

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Springdale

— 2 nights
Located just outside Zion National Park, Springdale's 600 residents welcome thousands of visitors a year to their tiny town.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then get interesting insight from Zion Rock & Mountain Guides, and then take in the exciting artwork at LaFave Gallery. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Southern Utah Adventure Center and then immerse yourself in nature at Sand Hollow State Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Springdale trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Kanab to Springdale in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In May in Springdale, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Springdale

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Transportation

Side Trip

Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Parowan Gap Petroglyphs and Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. Go for a jaunt from Zion National Park to Virgin to see Fort Zion Gift Shop, Petting Farm, Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Angel's Landing.

Plan a Zion National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Springdale to Zion National Park. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 5°C. You will leave for Salt Lake City on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Salt Lake City

— 2 nights

Crossroads of the West

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.
On the 27th (Sun), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then step off the mainland to explore Antelope Island State Park. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah and then hit the slopes at Alta Ski Area.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Zion National Park to Salt Lake City by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Zion National Park in May since evenings lows in Salt Lake City dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Park City.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Park City

— 2 nights
Known globally as the home of the country's largest independent film festival, Park City finds its roots as an old silver boomtown located on the slopes of the Wasatch Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Deer Valley Resort and then explore and take pictures at Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter and then hit the slopes at Canyons Village at Park City.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Park City day trip planner.

You can drive from Salt Lake City to Park City in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City in May, expect little chillier with lows of 2°C in Park City. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Park City

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.