22 days in Utah Itinerary

22 days in Utah Itinerary

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22 days in Utah Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + Drive:  9​h 45​min
1
Moab
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Zion National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Salt Lake City
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Philadelphia

5
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Get some cultural insight at Tom Till Gallery and Gallery Moab LCA. Visiting Colorado Riverway Recreation Area and Castle Valley will get you outdoors. Explore Moab's surroundings by going to The Needles (in Canyonlands National Park) and Arches National Park (Windows, Turret Arch, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Road to Needles District, admire all the interesting features of La Sal Mountain Loop, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Fiend, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Double Down Bike Shop.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Moab tour itinerary site .

Philadelphia to Moab is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Philadelphia to Moab, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Philadelphia in December, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Moab: temperatures range from 38°F by day to 15°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Arches National Park, The Needles
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Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace
Devils Garden Trailhead ©
Devils Garden Trailhead
Landscape Arch ©
Landscape 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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): hike along Wildcat Trail, then make a trip to Forrest Gump Point, and then see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley online visit planner .

You can drive from Moab to Monument Valley in 3 hours. In December in Monument Valley, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 20°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Forrest Gump Point
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Wildcat Trail ©
Wildcat Trail
Forrest Gump Point ©
Forrest Gump Point

4
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.
Get outdoors at Wall Street and Queen's Garden Trail. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rainbow Point and Coyote Buttes. Go for a jaunt from Bryce Canyon National Park to Cannonville to see Kodachrome Basin State Park about 42 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Fairyland Loop Trail. Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. And it doesn't end there: hike along Rim Trail, snap pictures at Natural Bridge, and get great views at Fairyland Point.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Monument Valley to Bryce Canyon National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Monument Valley in December: high temperatures in Bryce Canyon National Park hover around 36°F and lows are around 8°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Coyote Buttes, Kodachrome Basin State Park, Natural Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Rainbow Point ©
Rainbow Point
Kodachrome Basin State Park ©
Kodachrome Basin State Park
Coyote Buttes ©
Coyote Buttes

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Court of the Patriarchs and Riverside Walk. Step out of the city life by going to Brian Head Resort and Parowan Gap Petroglyphs. Change things up with these side-trips from Zion National Park: Aspen Mirror Lake (in Duck Creek Village) and Pine Valley Chapel (in Pine Valley). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Hidden Canyon and trek along Temple of Sinawava Trail.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in December, expect Zion National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 50°F and 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Brian Head Resort, Parowan Gap Petroglyphs, Aspen Mirror Lake, Pine Valley Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Brian Head Resort ©
Brian Head Resort
Parowan Gap Petroglyphs ©
Parowan Gap Petroglyphs
Pine Valley Chapel ©
Pine Valley Chapel

5
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 some historical perspective at Golden Spike National Historic Site and Assembly Hall. Visiting Backcountry Snowmobiling and Wheeler Historic Farm will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salt Lake City: Park City (McMillen Fine Art Photography Gallery & Park City Museum) and Solitude Mountain Resort (in Solitude). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Thanksgiving Point, take in the exciting artwork at Art at the Main Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Madeleine.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Salt Lake City trip builder website .

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. When traveling from Zion National Park in December, plan for little chillier days in Salt Lake City, with highs around 39°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°F. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Park City, Golden Spike National Historic Site, Backcountry Snowmobiling, Thanksgiving Point, Solitude Mountain Resort
Highlights from your plan
Backcountry Snowmobiling ©
Backcountry Snowmobiling
Thanksgiving Point ©
Thanksgiving Point
Cathedral of the Madeleine ©
Cathedral of the Madeleine

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