9 days in Utah, Arizona & West Coast Itinerary

9 days in Utah, Arizona & West Coast Itinerary

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Zion National Park
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Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zion Shuttle and Grafton Cemetery (Ghost Town). Escape the urban bustle at The Narrows and Zion National Park. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Zion Canyon Scenic Drive and trek along Angel's Landing.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park day trip site.

New York City to Zion National Park is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Zion National Park, with lows around 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sedona.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip


— 3 nights

Red Rock Country

Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Explore hidden gems such as Broken Arrow Trail and Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro. Get outdoors at Balloon Rides and Airport Mesa. There's lots more to do: stroll through Devil's Bridge Trail, admire all the interesting features of Oak Creek Canyon, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and cruise along Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179).

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sedona road trip planning website.

Getting from Zion National Park to Sedona by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Zion National Park in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sedona, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Carmel.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip


— 2 nights
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. On the 20th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Carmel River State Beach, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Carmel road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Sedona to Carmel takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Sedona to Carmel is minus 1 hour. In November in Carmel, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Utah travel guide

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.

Arizona travel guide

Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.