32 days in Utah Itinerary

32 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah trip planner

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Salt Lake City
— 6 nights
Drive
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Vernal
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moab
— 5 nights
Drive
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Torrey
— 4 nights
Drive
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Panguitch
— 4 nights
Drive
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Springdale
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanab
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 4 nights
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Temple Square and Golden Spike National Historic Site. Natural History Museum of Utah and John M. Browning Firearms Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Salt Lake City: Provo (Provo Canyon Adventures & Provo City Center Temple), Park City (Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway, Utah Olympic Park, &more) and Timpanogos Cave National Monument (in American Fork). There's much more to do: take a pleasant ride with Rocky Mountain Outfitters, examine the collection at Legends Motorcycles, admire the striking features of Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and view the masterpieces at Art at the Main Gallery.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Salt Lake City trip itinerary website.

Dallas to Salt Lake City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Salt Lake City due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Dallas in August since evenings lows in Salt Lake City dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vernal.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Vernal

— 2 nights
Vernal, the county seat and largest city in Uintah County is in northeastern Utah, United States, about 175mi east of Salt Lake City and west of the Colorado border. On the 14th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Josie Morris Cabin, explore the ancient world of Canyon Pintado, take an in-depth tour of Western Heritage Museum, learn more about the world around you at Utah Field House of Natural History State Park, then get engrossed in the history at Uintah County Heritage Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at McConkie Ranch. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Ashley National Forest, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate the long history of McKee Springs Petroglyphs, then explore the galleries of Quarry Exhibit Hall, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Dinosaur National Monument visitor center.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Vernal attractions planner.

Getting from Salt Lake City to Vernal by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Salt Lake City in August, things will get slightly colder in Vernal: highs are around 86°F and lows about 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Vernal

Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Moab

— 5 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Get a sense of the local culture at RedRock Astronomy and Bret Edge Photography Gallery. Museum-lovers will get to explore John McConnell Math and Science Center and Gallery Moab LCA. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moab: Downtown Grand Junction (in Grand Junction), Green River (Holiday River Expeditions - Utah Rafting Day Tours & John Wesley Powell River History Museum) and Fruita (Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey & McInnis Canyons Conservation Area). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arches National Park, examine the collection at Moab Museum, do a tasting at Mesa Park Vineyards, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Moab trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vernal to Moab takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Vernal in August; daily highs in Moab reach 92°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Torrey.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Torrey

— 4 nights
Torrey is a town located on State Route 24 in Wayne County, Utah, United States, 8mi from Capitol Reef National Park. Visiting Capitol Reef National Park and Fremont Indian State Park and Museum will get you outdoors. Gifford Homestead and Anasazi State Park Museum will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Torrey: Fishlake National Forest (in Richfield), Capitol Reef National Park (Capitol Gorge Trail & Cohab Canyon Trail) and Escalante (Spooky Gulch, Peekaboo Gulch, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum, stroll around Thousand Lakes RV Park, contemplate the long history of Fruita Campground, and stroll through The Hickman Bridge Trail.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Torrey road trip website.

Traveling by car from Moab to Torrey takes 3 hours. Traveling from Moab in August, things will get little chillier in Torrey: highs are around 77°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Panguitch.

Things to do in Torrey

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Panguitch

— 4 nights
Panguitch is a city in and the county seat of Garfield County, Utah, United States. Get in touch with nature at Red Canyon Trail Rides and Navajo Loop Trail. Visit Cove Fort Historic Site and Butch Cassidy Childhood Home for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Bryce Canyon National Park (Inspiration Point, Bryce Amphitheatre, &more), Paiute Trail (in Marysvale) and Ice Cave (in Duck Creek Village). There's still lots to do: take a peaceful walk through Red Canyon Trails Powell Ranger District Dixie National Forest, take in breathtaking views at Red Canyon, and stop by Bryce Canyon Trading Post.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Panguitch online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Torrey to Panguitch in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Springdale.

Things to do in Panguitch

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Springdale

— 3 nights
Located just outside Zion National Park, Springdale's 600 residents welcome thousands of visitors a year to their tiny town.
Visiting The Narrows and Zion Jeep Tours will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at LaFave Gallery and Sorella Gallery. Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Zion National Park. There's still lots to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, view the masterpieces at David J West Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Worthington Gallery, and stroll through Angel's Landing.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Springdale vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Panguitch to Springdale by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Panguitch in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Springdale: highs are around 90°F and lows about 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Kanab.

Things to do in Springdale

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Kanab

— 3 nights
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Raven's Heart Gallery and Moqui Cave will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at The Red Pueblo Museum and Old Paria. Get out of town with these interesting Kanab side-trips: Coyote Buttes (in Big Water), Kaibab National Forest (in Jacob Lake) and Supai (Mooney Falls, Havasu Falls, &more). And it doesn't end there: scramble along the landscape with Kanab Tour Company, immerse yourself in nature at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, examine the collection at Little Hollywood Movie Museum, and trek along Squaw Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanab vacation planning website.

You can drive from Springdale to Kanab in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Kanab

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Monument Valley

— 4 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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. and Huck's Museum and Trading Post. Get outdoors at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and Horseback Riding Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Monument Valley side-trips: Chinle (White House Ruins Trail, White House Ruin, &more), Bluff (Pioneer Cemetery, Bluff Fort Historic Site, &more) and Blanding (Goosenecks State Park & The Dinosaur Museum). There's much more to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, walk around Sandstone Tours, get great views at Navajo National Monument, and stroll through Wildcat Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanab to Monument Valley takes 5.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Monument Valley are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Utah travel guide

4.8
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.