8 days in Utah & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

8 days in Utah & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Utah & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Moab
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 30​min
4
Salt Lake City
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Detroit

3
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage and Colorado Riverway Recreation Area. Get in touch with nature at Castle Valley and Devils Garden Trailhead. Step out of Moab with an excursion to Landscape Arch in Arches National Park--about 42 minutes away. On the 16th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. There's more to do: trek along Park Avenue Trail and don't miss a visit to Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Moab trip planner .

Detroit to Moab is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Detroit to Moab, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in September, you will find days in Moab are a bit warmer (84°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Arches National Park
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Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
Devils Garden Trailhead ©
Devils Garden Trailhead
Landscape Arch ©
Landscape Arch

1
night
Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): hike along Wildcat Trail, make a trip to Forrest Gump Point, and then explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley day trip app .

You can drive from Moab to Monument Valley in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Forrest Gump Point
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Wildcat Trail ©
Wildcat Trail
Forrest Gump Point ©
Forrest Gump Point
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©

2
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): hike along South Kaibab Trail, get great views at Yaki Point, then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, and finally take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Hermit's Rest and then stroll through Rim Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in September, expect Grand Canyon National Park to be little chillier, temps between 75°F and 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

1
day
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
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 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salt Lake Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple Square, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Madeleine.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City route maker .

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Salt Lake City by car takes about 8.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in September, with highs in Salt Lake City at 81°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Parks
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Salt Lake Temple ©
Salt Lake Temple
Cathedral of the Madeleine ©
Cathedral of the Madeleine
Temple Square ©
Temple Square

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