9 days in Denver & Utah Itinerary

9 days in Denver & Utah Itinerary

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9 days in Denver & Utah Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  4​h
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Moab
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Salt Lake City
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Idaho Springs (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity United Methodist Church, and see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Denver trip planner .

Minneapolis to Denver is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Minneapolis to Denver, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 58°F in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

3
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Moab is known for nature, adventure, trails, scenic drive, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and look and learn at RedRock Astronomy.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Moab trip maker .

You can fly from Denver to Moab in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Denver in August, expect nights in Moab to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 92°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Tours Parks
Highlights from your plan
Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): stop by Ruby's Inn Canyon Rock Shop, then get great views at Sunset Point, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo Loop Trail, and finally hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): get great views at Fairyland Point, then take some stellar pictures from Sunrise Point, then take in panoramic vistas at Bryce Point, and finally get great views at Inspiration Point.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Moab to Bryce Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Moab in August: high temperatures in Bryce Canyon National Park hover around 77°F and lows are around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop ©
Navajo/Queens Garden Loop
Inspiration Point ©
Inspiration Point
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail

1
night
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, ponder the world of politics at Utah State Capitol, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Salt Lake City vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Bryce Canyon National Park to Salt Lake City takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Salt Lake City, with highs around 92°F, while nights are warmer with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
Utah State Capitol ©
Utah State Capitol

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