53 days in Utah Itinerary

53 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah itinerary planner

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Park City
— 5 nights
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Vernal
— 5 nights
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Moab
— 6 nights
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Bluff
— 5 nights
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 6 nights
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Bryce
— 6 nights
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Kanab
— 5 nights
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Zion National Park
— 6 nights
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Cedar City
— 3 nights
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Ogden
— 5 nights
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Park City

— 5 nights
Known globally as the home of the country's largest independent film festival, Park City finds its roots as an old silver boomtown located on the slopes of the Wasatch Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountains.
Change things up with these side-trips from Park City: Provo (Provo Canyon & Provo City Center Temple), Salt Lake City (Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah State Capitol, &more) and Mirror Lake Scenic Byway (in Kamas). It doesn't end there: cruise along Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway and hit the slopes at Deer Valley Resort.

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Thunder Bay, Canada to Park City is an approximately 24.5-hour car ride. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Thunder Bay in October: highs in Park City hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vernal.

Things to do in Park City

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Vernal

— 5 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Nine Mile Ranch (in Wellington), Manila (Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area & Sheep Creek Geological Loop) and Jensen (Cub Creek Petroglyphs & McKee Springs Petroglyphs). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Moonshine Arch, explore the striking landscape of Dinosaur National Monument visitor center, get a new perspective on nature at Utah Field House of Natural History State Park, and explore the galleries of Quarry Exhibit Hall.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Vernal tour planner.

You can drive from Park City to Vernal in 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Vernal can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Vernal

Nature · Parks · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Moab

— 6 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moab: Delicate Arch (in Arches National Park) and Mesa Arch (in Canyonlands National Park). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park, stroll through Double Arch, take in breathtaking views at Canyonlands National Park, and cruise along Colorado Riverway Recreation Area.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Moab vacation app.

You can drive from Vernal to Moab in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Vernal in October, expect Moab to be a bit warmer, temps between 25°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Bluff.

Things to do in Moab

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Bluff

— 5 nights
Bluff is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Juan County, Utah, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Monument Valley (Photography Tours, Sandstone Tours, &more), Mexican Hat (Forrest Gump Point, Muley Point Overlook, &more) and Natural Bridges National Monument (in Blanding). There's much more to do: cruise along Moki Dugway, don't miss a visit to Cow Canyon Trading Post, stroll the grounds of Pioneer Cemetery, and contemplate the long history of Bluff Fort Historic Site.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bluff tour planner.

Traveling by car from Moab to Bluff takes 2 hours. In October in Bluff, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bluff

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Capitol Reef National Park

— 6 nights
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Get out of town with these interesting Capitol Reef National Park side-trips: Goblin Valley State Park (in Green River), San Rafael Swell (in Castle Dale) and Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area (in Escalante). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Capitol Reef National Park , head outdoors with Moonscape Overlook, grab your bike and head to Cathedral Valley Loop, and take in breathtaking views at Cohab Canyon Trail.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Capitol Reef National Park itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Bluff to Capitol Reef National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Bluff in October; daily highs in Capitol Reef National Park reach 19°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bryce.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bryce: Devils Garden (in Escalante) and Highway 12 Scenic Byway (in Torrey). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, stroll through Queen's Garden Trail, take in panoramic vistas at Bryce Point, and explore the striking landscape of Peek-A-Boo Loop.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bryce online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce takes 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kanab.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Kanab

— 5 nights
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Explore Kanab's surroundings by going to Big Water (Paria Canyon Wilderness Area & Coyote Buttes). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, admire the majestic nature at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, and trek along Yellow Rock Trail.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanab trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Bryce to Kanab in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Bryce in November, expect Kanab to be a bit warmer, temps between 19°C and -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Kanab

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Zion National Park

— 6 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Zion National Park is known for nature, scenic drive, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of The Narrows, cruise along Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, admire all the interesting features of Zion Shuttle, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park trip planner.

Getting from Kanab to Zion National Park by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Cedar City.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Cedar City

— 3 nights
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. Take a break from Cedar City with a short trip to Brian Head Peak Observation in Brian Head, about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Cedar Breaks National Monument Visitor Center, cruise along Brian Head-Panguitch Lake Scenic Byway, examine the collection at Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cedar City Utah Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cedar City day trip planning site.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Cedar City in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Zion National Park in November, plan for slightly colder days in Cedar City, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to fly to Ogden.

Things to do in Cedar City

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Ogden

— 5 nights
Ogden is a city and the county seat of Weber County, Utah, United States, approximately 10mi east of the Great Salt Lake and 40mi north of Salt Lake City. Change things up with these side-trips from Ogden: Horsetail Falls (in Alpine), Bonneville Shoreline Trail (in Salt Lake City) and Antelope Island State Park (in Syracuse). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Hill Aerospace Museum, stroll through Ogden River Parkway, get to know the fascinating history of Historic 25th Street, and trek along Crimson Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ogden trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Cedar City to Ogden by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cedar City in November: highs in Ogden hover around 11°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ogden

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Utah travel guide

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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.