9 days in Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park & Zion National Park Itinerary

9 days in Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park & Zion National Park Itinerary

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9 days in Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park & Zion National Park Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Arches National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Seattle

3
nights
Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Arches National Park to Fruita to see Colorado National Monument about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, trek along Turret Arch, stroll through Double Arch, and snap pictures at Dewey Bridge.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Arches National Park sightseeing planner.

Seattle to Arches National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Arches National Park. While traveling from Seattle, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Arches National Park, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado National Monument, Dewey Bridge
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Delicate Arch ©
Delicate Arch
Double Arch ©
Double Arch

2
nights
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get great views at Fairyland Point, then take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point, then stroll through Navajo Loop Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Paria View, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Peek-A-Boo Loop, and then get great views at Inspiration Point.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Arches National Park in September; daily highs in Bryce Canyon National Park reach 70°F and lows reach 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail

3
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Go for a jaunt from Zion National Park to Cedar City to see Cedar City Aquatic Center about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of The Narrows, tour the pleasant surroundings at Angel's Landing, take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, and admire all the interesting features of Zion Shuttle.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Zion National Park road trip tool .

You can drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September: high temperatures in Zion National Park hover around 84°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cedar City Aquatic Center
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The Narrows ©
The Narrows
Cedar City Aquatic Center ©
Cedar City Aquatic Center
Zion National Park ©
Zion National Park

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