8 days in Utah Itinerary

8 days in Utah Itinerary

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Fly to Cortez, Drive to Monument Valley
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Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive
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Springdale
— 4 nights
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Monument Valley

— 1 night
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 18th (Sun): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and then explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Monument Valley trip builder.

Portland to Monument Valley is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Monument Valley is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Portland in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Monument Valley: temperatures range from 67°F by day to 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Moab.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Nature · Tours

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 19th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park. On your second day here, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, stroll through Bike Fiend, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Moab trip builder app.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Moab in 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Moab are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Springdale.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

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 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Zion National Park. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, view the masterpieces at Worthington Gallery, cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and stroll through Angel's Landing.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Springdale day trip planning website.

You can drive from Moab to Springdale in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. April in Springdale sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Springdale

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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.