8 days in United States Itinerary

8 days in United States Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Salt Lake City
— 1 day
Fly
2
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
5
Dinosaur
— 1 night
Drive
6
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Salt Lake City

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Utah, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City online trip itinerary builder.

Boise to Salt Lake City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 39°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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 19th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zion National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to Zion National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Salt Lake City in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Zion National Park, with highs around 50°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°F. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Grand Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): hike along South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Pipe Creek Vista, then take some stellar pictures from Hopi Point, and finally take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim. Keep things going the next day: trek along Bright Angel Trail.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park trip maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park. In December, Grand Canyon National Park is little chillier than Zion National Park - with highs of 45°F and lows of 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 23rd (Wed), delve into the distant past at Long House, then make a trip to Park Point, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In December in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 15°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dinosaur.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Dinosaur

— 1 night
Dinosaur is a Statutory Town located in Moffat County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): hike along Jones Hole Trail, trek along Harper's Corner, and then explore the striking landscape at Echo Park/Sand Canyon Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dinosaur trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Dinosaur in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Dinosaur: temperatures range from 31°F by day to 12°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Dinosaur

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

On the 25th (Fri), hit the slopes at Canyons Village at Park City, then hit the slopes at Park City Mountain Resort, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Salt Lake City route planning website.

You can drive from Dinosaur to Salt Lake City in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Dinosaur in December, expect Salt Lake City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°F and 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trip

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.