8 days in Salt Lake City, Arches National Park & Leadville Itinerary

8 days in Salt Lake City, Arches National Park & Leadville Itinerary

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Salt Lake City
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
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Leadville
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Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©

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 24th (Thu): get a sense of history and politics at Utah State Capitol, then stroll through Temple Square, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Utah, then take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Tabernacle.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City driving holiday app.

Portland to Salt Lake City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Salt Lake City is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 58°F. You will leave for Arches National Park on the 26th (Sat).

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
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Must see
Temple Square
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Government Building
Utah State Capitol
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Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum of Utah
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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
On the 26th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Wolfe Ranch. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace, explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, then stroll through Double Arch, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park visit planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Salt Lake City to Arches National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Leadville.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Geologic Formation
Delicate Arch
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Geologic Formation
Fiery Furnace
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Geologic Formation
Double Arch
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Leadville

Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Platte Ranch Riding Stables (in Fairplay) and Buena Vista (Vicksburg, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Cottonwood Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mineral Belt Trail, see the interesting displays at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Heritage Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Leadville day trip website.

You can drive from Arches National Park to Leadville in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or fly. In September, Leadville is cooler than Arches National Park - with highs of 63°F and lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Leadville

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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Scenic Drive
Cottonwood Pass
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