36 days in Utah & Virginia Itinerary

36 days in Utah & Virginia Itinerary

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36 days in Utah & Virginia Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Cedar City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Zion National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Escalante
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
5
Blanding
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Moab
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
7
Natural Bridge
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Virginia Beach
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Chincoteague Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Washington DC


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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. Step off the beaten path and head to Zion Rock & Mountain Guides and Natural Bridge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cedar City: Zion Outfitter (in Springdale), Red Canyon (in Panguitch) and Aspen Mirror Lake (in Duck Creek Village). The adventure continues: take in breathtaking views at Cedar Breaks National Monument, see the interesting displays at Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Artisans Gallery.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cedar City driving holiday planner .

Washington DC to Cedar City is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Cedar City is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Cedar City, with lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Cedar City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Springdale, Natural Bridge, Red Canyon, Aspen Mirror Lake
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Zion Rock & Mountain Guides ©
Zion Rock & Mountain Guides
Aspen Mirror Lake ©
Aspen Mirror Lake

6
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Observation Point and Canyon Overlook Trail. Spend the 7th (Tue) exploring nature at The Narrows. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Checkerboard Mesa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverside Walk, and trek along Angel's Landing.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Zion National Park journey builder .

Getting from Cedar City to Zion National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. July in Zion National Park sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Canyon Overlook Trail ©
Canyon Overlook Trail
Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway ©
Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway
Temple of Sinawava Trail ©
Temple of Sinawava Trail

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rainbow Point and Queen's Garden Trail. Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. Spend the 14th (Tue) exploring nature at Fairyland Loop Trail. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, cruise along Bryce Canyon Scenic Drive, and get great views at Fairyland Point.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, things will get little chillier in Bryce Canyon National Park: highs are around 81°F and lows about 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Escalante.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Peek-A-Boo Loop ©
Peek-A-Boo Loop

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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Highway 12 Scenic Byway, then take an in-depth tour of Escalante Heritage Center, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Escalante trip tool .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Escalante in 1.5 hours. In July in Escalante, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Blanding.

Things to do in Escalante

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Highway 12 Scenic Byway
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Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area ©
Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area
Escalante Heritage Center ©
Escalante Heritage Center

3
nights
Blanding

Blanding ©
Blanding is a city in San Juan County, Utah, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Natural Bridges National Monument and Horseback Riding Tours. Explore Blanding's surroundings by going to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (in Monument Valley) and Valley of the Gods (in Mexican Hat). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Goosenecks State Park, admire all the interesting features of Moki Dugway, and steep yourself in history at Bluff Fort Historic Site.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Blanding trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Escalante to Blanding in 6 hours. In July, Blanding is somewhat warmer than Escalante - with highs of 90°F and lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Blanding

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods, Moki Dugway, Bluff Fort Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Natural Bridges National Monument ©
Natural Bridges National Monument
Goosenecks State Park ©
Goosenecks State Park
Valley of the Gods ©
Valley of the Gods

7
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Off-Road & ATV Trails and Balanced Rock Trail. Explore Moab's surroundings by going to Arches National Park (Windows & Landscape Arch), Goblin Valley State Park (in Green River) and Canyonlands National Park (Shafer Trail, Mesa Arch, & more). On the 22nd (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, stop by Gearheads Outdoor Store, hike along Turret Arch, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Double Down Bike Shop.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Moab trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Blanding to Moab in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Blanding in July, with highs in Moab at 97°F and lows at 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Natural Bridge.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Goblin Valley State Park
Highlights from your plan
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Corona Arch ©
Corona Arch

1
day
Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge ©
Natural Bridge is an unincorporated community in Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Virginia Safari Park, explore the striking landscape at The Natural Bridge of Virginia, and then make a trip to Dinosaur Kingdom II.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Natural Bridge trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Moab to Natural Bridge in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Moab to Natural Bridge. When traveling from Moab in July, plan for colder days in Natural Bridge, with highs around 74°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Virginia Beach.

Things to do in Natural Bridge

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Safari Park ©
Virginia Safari Park
Natural Bridge State Park ©
Natural Bridge State Park
Dinosaur Kingdom II ©
Dinosaur Kingdom II

5
nights
Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach ©
Holding a record for the longest pleasure beach in the world, Virginia Beach showcases 35 miles of coastline and maintains a longstanding reputation as a family-friendly vacation destination.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Parasailing & Paragliding and Virginia Living Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sandbridge Beach and First Landing State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Virginia Beach: Cape Charles Beach (in Cape Charles) and Busch Gardens Williamsburg (in Williamsburg). The adventure continues: stroll around Neptune's Park, pause for some photo ops at Naval Aviation Monument, take in the pleasant sights at King Neptune Statue on the Boardwalk, and take in the waterfront at Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Virginia Beach trip builder website .

Drive from Natural Bridge to Virginia Beach in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Natural Bridge in July: high temperatures in Virginia Beach hover around 89°F and lows are around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Chincoteague Island.

Things to do in Virginia Beach

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Virginia Living Museum, Cape Charles Beach, Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Highlights from your plan
Sandbridge Beach ©
Sandbridge Beach
Virginia Living Museum ©
Virginia Living Museum
First Landing State Park ©
First Landing State Park

2
nights
Chincoteague Island

Famous for a wild breed of horses--Chincoteague Ponies--Chincoteague Island embraces the mystery of some of North America’s oldest inhabitants.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Assateague Lighthouse, then stop by MamerSass, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Chincoteague Island online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Virginia Beach to Chincoteague Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Chincoteague Island are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Chincoteague Island

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Assateague Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge ©
Assateague Lighthouse ©
Assateague Lighthouse

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