9 days in Grand Rapids & Utah Itinerary

9 days in Grand Rapids & Utah Itinerary

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Grand Rapids
— 2 nights
Fly to Grand Junction, Drive to Moab
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Moab
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bryce
— 2 nights
Drive
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Grand Rapids

— 2 nights

Furniture City

The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grand Rapids: The Monet Garden of Muskegon (in Muskegon), Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart) and Rainbow Ranch is now Stony Lake Stables (in New Era). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Millennium Park, and let the kids burn off some steam at Frog Hollow Boundless Playground.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grand Rapids trip planning tool.

Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In June, daily temperatures in Grand Rapids can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly to Moab.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 8th (Tue), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. Make the 10th (Thu) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's much more to do: see Off-Road Tours, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Fiend.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Moab online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Grand Rapids to Moab by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Grand Rapids in June: highs in Moab hover around 95°F, while lows dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bryce.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Trails · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Peek-A-Boo Loop. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Navajo Loop Trail, hike along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then get great views at Inspiration Point, and finally explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bryce attractions planner.

You can drive from Moab to Bryce in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Moab in June, plan for slightly colder days in Bryce, with highs around 79°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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 13th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Assembly Hall and then take in nature's colorful creations at Temple Square.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Salt Lake City trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Bryce to Salt Lake City in 4 hours. When traveling from Bryce in June, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Salt Lake City: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Historic Sites · Parks

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.