26 days in Utah, Yellowstone National Park & Chicago Itinerary

26 days in Utah, Yellowstone National Park & Chicago Itinerary

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26 days in Utah, Yellowstone National Park & Chicago Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Moab
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Escalante
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Kanab
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
6
Yellowstone National Park
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Chicago
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Detroit

5
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wilson's Arch and Off-Road & ATV Trails. Take a break from the city and head to Negro Bill Canyon Trail and Windows. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moab: Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky & Mesa Arch) and Arches National Park (Delicate Arch, Wolfe Ranch, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, trek along Turret Arch, and look for gifts at The T Shirt Shop.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Moab day trip planner.

Detroit to Moab is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Detroit to Moab, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Detroit in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Moab, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Escalante.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Negro Bill Canyon Trail ©
Negro Bill Canyon Trail
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch

1
night
Escalante

Escalante ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, explore and take pictures at Highway 12 Scenic Byway, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area.

To see photos and other tourist information, use the Escalante trip planner .

Drive from Moab to Escalante in 5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Moab in September: high temperatures in Escalante hover around 70°F and lows are around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Escalante

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Highway 12 Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area ©
Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park ©

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.
Visiting Rainbow Point and Fairyland Loop Trail will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Queen's Garden Trail and Sunset Point. Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. And it doesn't end there: trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, get great views at Inspiration Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo Loop Trail, and stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park trip planning website .

You can drive from Escalante to Bryce Canyon National Park in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Bryce Canyon National Park are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kanab.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop

1
night
Kanab

Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the ancient world of Moqui Cave, then look for all kinds of wild species at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

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Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Kanab takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September: high temperatures in Kanab hover around 84°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Kanab

Tours Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Moqui Cave ©
Moqui Cave

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Observation Point and Canyon Overlook Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Zion Shuttle and Zion's Main Canyon. Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring nature at Zion National Park.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kanab to Zion National Park in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Zion Shuttle ©
Zion Shuttle
Canyon Overlook Trail ©
Canyon Overlook Trail
Zion's Main Canyon ©
Zion's Main Canyon

5
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Visiting Fishing Charters & Tours and Mud Volcano will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Biscuit Basin and Midway Geyser Basin. Spend the 29th (Sun) exploring nature at Yellowstone National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the natural beauty of Norris Geyser Basin, identify plant and animal life at Lehardy's Rapids, appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail, and trek along Brink of the Lower Falls Trail.

Start your trip to Yellowstone National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Zion National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. When traveling from Zion National Park in September, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Yellowstone National Park: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Chicago.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Yellowstone National Park ©
Yellowstone National Park
Artist Point ©
Artist Point

4
nights
Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Take a break from the city and head to Geneva Lake Shore Path and Lakefront Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes and Baha'i House of Worship. Venture out of the city with trips to Cantigny Park (in Wheaton), Basilica of the Sacred Heart (in South Bend) and Riverwalk Lot (in Naperville). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Chicago Riverwalk, admire the masterpieces at Richard H. Driehaus Museum, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and examine the collection at Volo Auto Museum.

Plan trip to Chicago with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Yellowstone National Park to Chicago due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and warmer nights in Chicago: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

South Bend, Cantigny Park, Volo Auto Museum, Riverwalk Lot, Baha'i House of Worship
Highlights from your plan
Lakefront Trail ©
Lakefront Trail
Baha'i House of Worship ©
Baha'i House of Worship
Basilica of the Sacred Heart ©
Basilica of the Sacred Heart

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