9 days in Utah, Dinosaur & Las Vegas Itinerary

9 days in Utah, Dinosaur & Las Vegas Itinerary

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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Dinosaur
— 1 night
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Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Moab
— 1 night
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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St. George
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Las Vegas
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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.
For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City day trip app.

New York City to Salt Lake City is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. You will leave for Dinosaur on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games

Dinosaur

— 1 night
Dinosaur is a Statutory Town located in Moffat County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Echo Park/Sand Canyon Trail and then delve into the distant past at Dinosaur National Monument.

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

Drive from Salt Lake City to Dinosaur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Salt Lake City in April, plan for little chillier nights in Dinosaur, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Dinosaur

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Trails
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Arches National Park

— 1 night

A Red Rock Wonderland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, then stroll through Double Arch, then trek along Windows, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Landscape Arch.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Arches National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Dinosaur to Arches National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dinosaur in April: highs in Arches National Park hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Moab

— 1 night

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
On the 12th (Mon), surround yourself with nature on Deep Desert Expeditions, see Off-Road Tours, and then view the masterpieces at Tom Till Gallery.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Moab trip planner.

Getting from Arches National Park to Moab by car takes about an hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
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 13th (Tue): trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, hike along Rim Trail, then hike along Fairyland Loop Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Peek-A-Boo Loop.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Moab to Bryce Canyon National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Moab in April, expect Bryce Canyon National Park to be little chillier, temps between 56°F and 25°F. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Thu) before leaving for Zion National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Zion Shuttle and then take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zion National Park online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in April, things will get a bit warmer in Zion National Park: highs are around 69°F and lows about 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to St. George.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

St. George

St. For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read St. George trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Zion National Park to St. George takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Zion National Park in April; daily highs in St. George reach 75°F and lows reach 49°F. On the 17th (Sat), you'll travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in St. George

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Las Vegas

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from St. George to Las Vegas takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. George to Las Vegas. Traveling from St. George in April, Las Vegas is a bit warmer at night with lows of 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Nightlife · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games

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.