20 days in Utah Itinerary

20 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah journey planner
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Moab
— 4 nights
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Escalante
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanab
— 2 nights
Drive
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St. George
— 4 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 6 nights
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Moab — 4 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Make the 4th (Thu) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on Deep Desert Expeditions, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, immerse yourself in nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arches National Park.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Moab trip maker.

Newark to Moab is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Newark to Moab due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in April, expect little chillier with lows of 38°F in Moab. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monument Valley.
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Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Monument Valley — 2 nights

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. On the 5th (Fri), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get all the information you need at Bears Ears Education Center, then steep yourself in history at Bluff Fort Historic Site, and then see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley visit planner.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Escalante.
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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 7th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Escalante Heritage Center, explore the activities along Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area, then take a memorable drive along Highway 12 Scenic Byway, and finally cruise along Scenic Byway 12.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Escalante trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Escalante takes 5.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Monument Valley in May, with highs in Escalante at 63°F and lows at 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kanab.
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Side Trip

Kanab — 2 nights

Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then identify plant and animal life at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and then take an in-depth tour of Historical Kanab Library. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Old Paria, take an in-depth tour of Kanab Heritage House Museum, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kanab trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Escalante to Kanab takes 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Escalante in May, with highs in Kanab at 76°F and lows at 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to St. George.
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St. George — 4 nights

St. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. George Temple and Brigham Young Winter Home Historical Site. Get a sense of the local culture at Jacob Hamlin Home and St. George Tabernacle. Explore St. George's surroundings by going to Pine Valley Chapel (in Pine Valley), Springdale (Zion Jeep Tours, David J West Gallery, &more) and Zion National Park (in Zion National Park). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Anasazi Ridge Petroglyphs.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read St. George trip maker.

You can drive from Kanab to St. George in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Kanab in May; daily highs in St. George reach 83°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Salt Lake City.
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Salt Lake City — 6 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.
Temple Square and The Tabernacle will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Provo City Center Temple and Cathedral of the Madeleine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salt Lake City: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Park City), Crandall Historical Printing Museum (in Provo) and Ogden (Hill Aerospace Museum & Utah State Railroad Museum). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Utah, examine the collection at Land Cruiser Heritage Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Church of Saint Mark.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Salt Lake City trip planner.

You can fly from St. George to Salt Lake City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from St. George in May, expect Salt Lake City to be a bit cooler, temps between 72°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Utah travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
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.
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