26 days in Utah Itinerary

26 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah trip itinerary planner
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Salt Lake City
— 3 nights
Cedar City
— 3 nights
Zion National Park
— 4 nights
— 6 nights
Big Water
— 1 night
Monument Valley
— 3 nights
— 5 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Chicago


Salt Lake City — 3 nights

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: Mirror Lake Scenic Byway (in Kamas), Rocky Mountain Outfitters (in Midway) and Timpanogos Cave National Monument (in American Fork). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Temple Square, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Madeleine.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Salt Lake City online trip planner.

Chicago to Salt Lake City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Salt Lake City. Traveling from Chicago in July, you will find days in Salt Lake City are a bit warmer (95°F), and nights are about the same (70°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can fly to Cedar City.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Cedar City — 3 nights

Cedar City is a city in Iron County, Utah, United States, 250mi south of Salt Lake City, and 180mi north of Las Vegas on Interstate 15. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cedar City: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (in Kanab) and Springdale (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Zion Jeep Tours). There's more to do: take in breathtaking views at Cedar Breaks National Monument Visitor Center and make a trip to Cascade Falls Trail.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cedar City vacation maker app.

You can fly from Salt Lake City to Cedar City in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Cedar City, with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Zion National Park.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips

Zion National Park — 4 nights

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at The Narrows. Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Zion National Park. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Observation Point, trek along Angel's Landing, cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and admire all the interesting features of Zion Shuttle.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park itinerary planner.

Drive from Cedar City to Zion National Park in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Zion National Park can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bryce.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Bryce — 6 nights

Serving as a gateway to the adjacent Bryce Canyon National Park, the tiny town of Bryce draws outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers all year round.
Get out of town with these interesting Bryce side-trips: Scenic Byway 12 (in Escalante) and Highway 12 Scenic Byway (in Torrey). Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. There's still lots to do: surround yourself with nature on Red Canyon Trail Rides, trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, stroll through Navajo Loop Trail, and get great views at Sunset Point.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bryce travel planner.

Drive from Zion National Park to Bryce in 1.5 hours. In July, Bryce is slightly colder than Zion National Park - with highs of 81°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Big Water.
Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Side Trips

Big Water — 1 night

Big Water is a town in Kane County, Utah, United States. On the 21st (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Paria Canyon Wilderness Area and then take in the dramatic natural features at Coyote Buttes.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Big Water trip site.

Traveling by car from Bryce to Big Water takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Bryce in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Big Water: temperatures range from 98°F by day to 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Monument Valley.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Monument Valley — 3 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. When in Monument Valley, make a side trip to see Muley Point Overlook in Mexican Hat, approximately Mexican Hat away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Monument Valley day trip planning website.

Getting from Big Water to Monument Valley by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Big Water in July: high temperatures in Monument Valley hover around 90°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Moab.
Tours · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks
Side Trips

Moab — 5 nights

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Go for a jaunt from Moab to Arches National Park to see Delicate Arch about 38 minutes away. Make the 28th (Thu) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Arches National Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Moab journey planner.

Drive from Monument Valley to Moab in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Monument Valley in July, with highs in Moab at 97°F and lows at 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nature
Side Trip

Utah travel guide

National Parks · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
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.