5 days in Utah Itinerary

5 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah trip planner

Make it your trip
— 1 night
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Salt Lake City
— 1 night



— 1 night

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Moab day trip planning tool.

Newark to Moab is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Newark to Moab, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in November, plan for a bit cooler nights in Moab, with lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Trails

Zion National Park

— 2 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 16th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at The Narrows. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zion National Park online tour planner.

Drive from Moab to Zion National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Moab in November: highs in Zion National Park hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple and then make a trip to Temple Square.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Zion National Park to Salt Lake City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Zion National Park in November: highs in Salt Lake City hover around 54°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Parks

Utah travel guide

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.