50 days in Utah & Southern Idaho Itinerary

50 days in Utah & Southern Idaho Itinerary

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Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 6 nights
Drive
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Canyonlands National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanab
— 4 nights
Drive
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Springdale
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bryce
— 6 nights
Drive
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Torrey
— 5 nights
Drive
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Salt Lake City
— 6 nights
Fly
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Twin Falls
— 8 nights
Fly

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Moab

— 6 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moab: Arches National Park (Fiery Furnace & Delicate Arch). On the 13th (Sun), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. Make the 14th (Mon) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's lots more to do: see Off-Road Tours, admire the majestic nature at Dead Horse Point State Park, look and learn at RedRock Astronomy, and look for all kinds of wild species at Deep Desert Expeditions.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab trip app.

New York City to Moab is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in June: highs in Moab hover around 95°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Canyonlands National Park

— 6 nights
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Canyonlands National Park: Hite Crossing Bridge (in Blanding) and Off-Road & ATV Trails (in Capitol Reef National Park). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch, take in breathtaking views at Cataract Canyon, and explore and take pictures at White Rim Road.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Canyonlands National Park trip planner.

Getting from Moab to Canyonlands National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Canyonlands National Park are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Monument Valley: Cow Canyon Trading Post (in Bluff), Goosenecks State Park (in Blanding) and Muley Point Overlook (in Mexican Hat). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and walk around Sandstone Tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley travel route planner.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Monument Valley in 4 hours. Traveling from Canyonlands National Park in June, expect Monument Valley to be little chillier, temps between 87°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Kanab.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Kanab

— 4 nights
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Explore Kanab's surroundings by going to Coyote Buttes (in Big Water), Aspen Mirror Lake (in Duck Creek Village) and Red Canyon (in Panguitch). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, see Off-Road Tours, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and hike along Squaw Trail.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kanab driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Kanab takes 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Monument Valley in June: highs in Kanab hover around 94°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Springdale.

Things to do in Kanab

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Springdale

— 4 nights
Located just outside Zion National Park, Springdale's 600 residents welcome thousands of visitors a year to their tiny town.
Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at Zion National Park. Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring nature at The Narrows. There's still lots to do: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, stop by Joy Craft & Design, and stroll through Angel's Landing.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Springdale itinerary planner.

Drive from Kanab to Springdale in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 94°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bryce.

Things to do in Springdale

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Bryce

— 6 nights
Serving as a gateway to the adjacent Bryce Canyon National Park, the tiny town of Bryce draws outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers all year round.
Step out of Bryce to go to Escalante and see Scenic Byway Route 12, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, hike along Navajo Loop Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, and enjoy breathtaking views from Bryce Point.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bryce attractions planner.

Getting from Springdale to Bryce by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Springdale in July, things will get little chillier in Bryce: highs are around 81°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Torrey.

Things to do in Bryce

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Torrey

— 5 nights
Torrey is a town located on State Route 24 in Wayne County, Utah, United States, 8mi from Capitol Reef National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area (in Escalante), Tushar Mountains (in Beaver) and Capitol Reef National Park (in Capitol Reef National Park). There's much more to do: cruise along Highway 12 Scenic Byway, contemplate the long history of Cove Fort Historic Site, take some stellar pictures from Larb Hollow Overlook, and take in breathtaking views at Little Wild Horse Canyon.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Torrey attractions app.

Drive from Bryce to Torrey in 2 hours. In July in Torrey, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Torrey

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salt Lake City: Uinta National Forest (in Heber City), Mirror Lake Scenic Byway (in Kamas) and Climbing Tours (in Park City). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, see what you can catch with Rocky Mountain Outfitters, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Madeleine, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tracy Aviary.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Salt Lake City trip planner.

You can drive from Torrey to Salt Lake City in 3.5 hours. When traveling from Torrey in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Salt Lake City, with highs around 95°F, while nights are much warmer with lows around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Twin Falls.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Twin Falls

— 8 nights
Twin Falls is the county seat and largest city of Twin Falls County, Idaho, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Twin Falls: Ritter Island State Park (in Wendell), Buhl (Miracle Hot Springs & Balanced Rock County Park) and Arco (Craters of the Moon National Monument & Bottolfsen Park). And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Shoshone Falls, take a peaceful walk through Sawtooth National Forest, see the interesting displays at Herrett Center for Arts and Science, and stroll around Centennial Waterfront Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Twin Falls holiday builder tool.

Fly from Salt Lake City to Twin Falls in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Salt Lake City in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Twin Falls, with lows around 61°F. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Twin Falls

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Utah travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
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.