8 days in Utah Itinerary

8 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah travel route planner

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Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 1 night
Drive
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Kanab
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Moab

— 1 night

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Moab trip maker tool.

Dayton to Moab is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Dayton to Moab, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kanab.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Parks

Kanab

— 4 nights
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mather Point and Bright Angel Point. Take a break from the city and head to Grand Canyon South Rim and Photography Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kanab: Cape Royal (in Grand Canyon National Park), Antelope Canyon (in Page) and Zion National Park (Zion Canyon Scenic Drive & Angel's Landing).

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanab online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Moab to Kanab takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Moab in October since evenings lows in Kanab dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Kanab

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Trails

Side Trips

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point, then hike along Navajo Loop Trail, and then trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bryce Canyon National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kanab to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kanab in October, with highs in Bryce Canyon National Park at 61°F and lows at 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Salt Lake City itinerary planning site.

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Salt Lake City in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. In October, Salt Lake City is somewhat warmer than Bryce Canyon National Park - with highs of 68°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.