9 days in Utah Itinerary

9 days in Utah Itinerary

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9 days in Utah Itinerary

Start: Cedar Rapids
Fly:  7​h
1
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Monument Valley
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Salt Lake City
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Cedar Rapids

2
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): view the masterpieces at Tom Till Gallery and then look and learn at RedRock Astronomy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Moab trip itinerary site .

Cedar Rapids to Moab is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Cedar Rapids to Moab, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cedar Rapids in August, expect nights in Moab to be about the same, around 63°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 92°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Arches National Park ©
Arches National Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Dead Horse Point State Park ©
Dead Horse Point State Park

1
night
Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., trek along Wildcat Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Monument Valley travel site .

Drive from Moab to Monument Valley in 3 hours. In September in Monument Valley, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Wildcat Trail ©
Wildcat Trail
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum. ©
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum.

1
day
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 4th (Wed): trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then hike along Navajo Loop Trail, and then admire all the interesting features of Sunset Point.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Monument Valley to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 6 hours. In September, Bryce Canyon National Park is a bit cooler than Monument Valley - with highs of 70°F and lows of 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

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

4
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Temple Square and The Tabernacle are in your itinerary. Natural History Museum of Utah and Hill Aerospace Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Salt Lake City: Park City (Park City Main Street Historic District, Fatali Gallery, & more) and Thanksgiving Point (in Lehi). Spend the 8th (Sun) exploring nature at Golden Spike National Historic Site. And it doesn't end there: get curious at Joseph Smith Memorial Building, see the interesting displays at Church History Museum, and take in the exciting artwork at Art at the Main Gallery.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Salt Lake City online journey planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Bryce Canyon National Park to Salt Lake City in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in September: high temperatures in Salt Lake City hover around 81°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Park City, Golden Spike National Historic Site, Thanksgiving Point, Hill Aerospace Museum
Highlights from your plan
Temple Square ©
Temple Square
The Tabernacle ©
The Tabernacle
Natural History Museum of Utah ©
Natural History Museum of Utah

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