8 days in Utah Itinerary

8 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah trip planner
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Drive
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mexican Hat
— 1 night
Drive
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Bullfrog
— 1 night
Drive
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Torrey
— 1 night
Drive
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Salt Lake City — 1 night

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 14th (Fri): take in breathtaking views at Big Cottonwood Canyon, see what you can catch with Rocky Mountain Outfitters, and then take in the exciting artwork at Art at the Main Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City trip itinerary planner.

Chicago to Salt Lake City is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago to Salt Lake City, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October in Salt Lake City, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 46°F at night. You'll set off for Moab on the 15th (Sat).
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Moab — 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, take in the dramatic natural features at Arches National Park, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Moab journey planner.

You can drive from Salt Lake City to Moab in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. October in Moab sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mexican Hat.
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Mexican Hat — 1 night

Mexican Hat is a census-designated place (CDP) on the San Juan River on the northern edge of the Navajo Nations borders in south-central San Juan County, Utah, United States. For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mexican Hat itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Moab to Mexican Hat in 2.5 hours. In October in Mexican Hat, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bullfrog.
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Bullfrog — 1 night

Bullfrog, or Bullfrog Basin Marina, is a small unincorporated community on the shores of Lake Powell's Bullfrog Bay in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area of Kane County, Utah, United States. On the 19th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

To find out how to plan a trip to Bullfrog, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Mexican Hat to Bullfrog in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daily temperatures in Bullfrog can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Torrey.
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Torrey — 1 night

Torrey is a town located on State Route 24 in Wayne County, Utah, United States, 8mi from Capitol Reef National Park. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Fruita Schoolhouse, admire all the interesting features of Highway 12 Scenic Byway, and then gain some tasty knowledge on Etta Place Cider.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Torrey online route planner.

Traveling by car from Bullfrog to Torrey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Bullfrog in October, things will get slightly colder in Torrey: highs are around 61°F and lows about 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Salt Lake City.
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Salt Lake City — 1 night

Crossroads of the West

Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then make a trip to Temple Square, and then admire the landmark architecture of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Conference Center.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Salt Lake City travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Torrey to Salt Lake City takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Torrey in October; daily highs in Salt Lake City reach 68°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.
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