8 days in Utah Itinerary

8 days in Utah Itinerary

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— 1 night
— 2 nights
Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Arches National Park
— 3 nights


Kanab — 1 night

Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Canyon Overlook Trail. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

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Kansas City to Kanab is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Kanab is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Kanab can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bryce.
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Side Trip

Bryce — 2 nights

Serving as a gateway to the adjacent Bryce Canyon National Park, the tiny town of Bryce draws outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers all year round.
On the 14th (Sat), hike along Queen's Garden Trail, take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point, and then hike along Navajo Loop Trail. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Rainbow Point and then explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge.

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You can drive from Kanab to Bryce in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kanab in May, expect Bryce to be a bit cooler, temps between 63°F and 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Canyonlands National Park.
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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.
On the 16th (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky, and then explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch.

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You can drive from Bryce to Canyonlands National Park in 5 hours. Traveling from Bryce in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Canyonlands National Park: highs are around 76°F and lows about 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Arches National Park.
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Arches National Park — 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Windows and Fiery Furnace. Get outdoors at Double Arch and Landscape Arch. There's still lots to do: trek along Devils Garden Trailhead, take in the dramatic natural features at Pine Tree Arch, and don't miss a visit to Delicate Arch.

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Getting from Canyonlands National Park to Arches National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
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Utah travel guide

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.