8 days in Western US Itinerary

8 days in Western US Itinerary

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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Parowan
— 1 night
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Moab
— 1 night
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Monument Valley
— 3 nights
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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.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): stroll through Riverside Walk and then hike along Temple of Sinawava Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Zion National Park road trip website.

Santa Clarita to Zion National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Santa Clarita in March: highs in Zion National Park hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Parowan.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Parowan

— 1 night
Parowan is a city in and the county seat of Iron County, Utah, United States. On the 30th (Tue), get outside with Dinosaur Footprint Parowan Gap and then stroll the grounds of Parowan Cemetery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Parowan trip itinerary builder app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zion National Park to Parowan. Traveling from Zion National Park in March, you will find days in Parowan are slightly colder (59°F), and nights are about the same (28°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Parowan

Outdoors · Historic Sites
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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.
On the 31st (Wed), trek along Grandstaff Canyon Trail and then learn about winemaking at Castle Creek Winery.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Moab attractions tool.

Drive from Parowan to Moab in 4.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Moab can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Moab

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Trails

Monument Valley

— 3 nights
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Escape the urban bustle at Wildcat Trail and Moki Dugway. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mule Canyon Ruins and Pioneer Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monument Valley: Muley Point Overlook (in Mexican Hat) and Bluff (Comb Ridge, Sand Island Campground, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll around Sandstone Tours and look for gifts at Monument Valley Navajo Market.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Monument Valley trip planner.

Traveling by car from Moab to Monument Valley takes 3 hours. In April, daytime highs in Monument Valley are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

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.