8 days in Utah Itinerary

8 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah trip itinerary planner

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Arches National Park
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
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Capitol Reef National Park
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Arches National Park

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stroll through Pine Tree Arch Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Double Arch, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Arches National Park travel planning app.

Salt Lake City to Arches National Park is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 49°F. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Zion National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Arches National Park in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Zion National Park, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
On the 12th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge, trek along Navajo Loop Trail, then get great views at Inspiration Point, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Peek-A-Boo Loop.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Zion National Park in May: high temperatures in Bryce Canyon National Park hover around 63°F and lows are around 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Canyonlands National Park

— 1 night
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Island in the Sky, then hike along Pothole Point Trail, and finally take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Canyonlands National Park trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Canyonlands National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in May, with highs in Canyonlands National Park at 76°F and lows at 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sat) before leaving for Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Capitol Reef National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Fruita Campground.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Capitol Reef National Park journey planner.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Canyonlands National Park in May, with highs in Capitol Reef National Park at 63°F and lows at 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Historic Sites
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Utah travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
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.