33 days in Utah Itinerary

33 days in Utah Itinerary

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33 days in Utah Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  11​h
1
Vernal
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Moab
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mexican Hat
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Torrey
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Cedar City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Zion National Park
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Detroit

3
nights
Vernal

Vernal ©
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Utah Field House of Natural History State Park. Take a break from the city and head to Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and Moonshine Arch. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at McConkie Ranch.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vernal trip site .

Detroit to Vernal is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Detroit to Vernal, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Vernal when traveling from Detroit in August, with lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Vernal

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area
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Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area ©
River Rafting & Tubing

6
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Get outdoors at Castle Valley and Horseback Riding Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Tom Till Gallery and Hogan Trading Company. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moab: The Needles (in Canyonlands National Park) and Arches National Park (Windows, Turret Arch, & more). On the 19th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. There's still lots to do: trek along Park Avenue Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Balanced Rock Trail, explore the landscape on two wheels at Slickrock Bike Trail, and take a memorable drive along Road to Needles District.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Moab tour itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Vernal to Moab takes 4 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Vernal in August, with highs in Moab at 92°F and lows at 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Mexican Hat.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Arches National Park, The Needles
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Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Landscape Arch ©
Landscape Arch
Balanced Rock Trail ©
Balanced Rock Trail

2
nights
Mexican Hat

Mexican Hat ©
Mexican Hat is a census-designated place (CDP) on the San Juan River on the northern edge of the Navajo Nations borders in south-central San Juan County, Utah, United States. On the 25th (Sat), trek along Wildcat Trail, explore and take pictures at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and then stop by Monument Valley Navajo Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Moki Dugway, take in the dramatic natural features at Valley of the Gods, and then make a trip to Forrest Gump Point.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mexican Hat online road trip planner .

You can drive from Moab to Mexican Hat in 2.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Moab in August: high temperatures in Mexican Hat hover around 87°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Torrey.

Things to do in Mexican Hat

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Monument Valley, Moki Dugway
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Wildcat Trail ©
Wildcat Trail
Valley of the Gods ©
Valley of the Gods
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©

5
nights
Torrey

Torrey ©
Torrey is a town located on State Route 24 in Wayne County, Utah, United States, 8mi from Capitol Reef National Park. Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road & ATV Trails and Capitol Gorge Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Hickman Bridge Trail and Peekaboo Gulch. Explore Torrey's surroundings by going to Escalante (Spooky Gulch & Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area), Capitol Reef National Park (Fremont Petroglyphs, Grand Wash Trail, & more) and Anasazi State Park Museum (in Boulder). It doesn't end there: trek along Goosenecks Overlook.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Torrey holiday builder website .

You can drive from Mexican Hat to Torrey in 3.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mexican Hat in August, with highs in Torrey at 77°F and lows at 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Torrey

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Capitol Reef National Park, Escalante, Anasazi State Park Museum
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Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area ©
Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area
Goosenecks Overlook ©
Goosenecks Overlook
Anasazi State Park Museum ©
Anasazi State Park Museum

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Wall Street and Rainbow Point. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fairyland Loop Trail and Kodachrome Basin State Park. Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. And it doesn't end there: trek along Queen's Garden Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, look for gifts at Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rim Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Torrey to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. In August in Bryce Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 46°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cedar City.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kodachrome Basin State Park
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Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Rainbow Point ©
Rainbow Point

3
nights
Cedar City

Cedar City ©
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. Escape the urban bustle at Dixie National Forest and Cedar Breaks National Monument. Explore hidden gems such as Parowan Gap Petroglyphs and Artisans Gallery. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Frontier Homestead State Park Museum.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Cedar City holiday site .

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Cedar City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September, with highs in Cedar City at 78°F and lows at 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Cedar City

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Parowan Gap Petroglyphs
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Dixie National Forest ©
Dixie National Forest
Parowan Gap Petroglyphs ©
Parowan Gap Petroglyphs

8
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 Court of the Patriarchs and Hidden Canyon. David J West Gallery and Worthington Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Springdale (LaFave Gallery & Zion Rock & Mountain Guides). Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at The Narrows. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Zion National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple of Sinawava Trail, hike along Riverside Walk, cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and take in the awesome beauty at Checkerboard Mesa.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park day trip site .

You can drive from Cedar City to Zion National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Cedar City in September, expect nights in Zion National Park to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 84°F. On the 16th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Springdale
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Court of the Patriarchs ©
Court of the Patriarchs
Hidden Canyon ©
Hidden Canyon

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