8 days in Utah Itinerary

8 days in Utah Itinerary

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Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 2 nights
Drive
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryce
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Corona Arch and Delicate Arch. Take a break from Moab with a short trip to Windows in Arches National Park, about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Grandstaff Canyon Trail, hike along Balanced Rock Trail, stop by The T Shirt Shop, and don't miss a visit to Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Moab trip itinerary builder.

New York City to Moab is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Moab. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Moab: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get great views at Grand View Point Overlook, explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch, then explore the striking landscape of Island in the Sky, and finally stroll through Pothole Point Trail.

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You can drive from Moab to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. In May in Canyonlands National Park, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Bryce.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get great views at Paria View, then enjoy breathtaking views from Bryce Point, then get great views at Sunset Point, and finally trek along Navajo Loop Trail. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge, trek along Queen's Garden Trail, then take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point, and finally take some stellar pictures from Sunrise Point.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bryce online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Bryce in 5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Canyonlands National Park in May; daily highs in Bryce reach 63°F and lows reach 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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.
On the 21st (Fri), trek along Riverside Walk, then get great views at Observation Point, and then take a memorable drive along Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway.

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You can drive from Bryce to Zion National Park in 1.5 hours. In May, Zion National Park is somewhat warmer than Bryce - with highs of 76°F and lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks · Trails

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.