9 days in Utah Itinerary

9 days in Utah Itinerary

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9 days in Utah Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Moab
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Escalante
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Springdale
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11​h
End: Detroit

3
nights
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Windows and Off-Road & ATV Trails. Explore Moab's surroundings by going to Canyonlands National Park (Mesa Arch, Island in the Sky, & more). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Double Arch, hike along Balanced Rock Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Double Down Bike Shop, and stroll through Turret Arch.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab trip itinerary maker .

Detroit to Moab is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Moab. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Detroit in August: highs in Moab hover around 92°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Escalante.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road & ATV Trails
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch

1
night
Escalante

Escalante ©
Escalante is a city in Garfield County, Utah, United States located along Utah Scenic Byway 12 (SR-12) in the south central part of the state. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area, then take in breathtaking views at Escalante Interagency Visitor Center, and then cruise along Highway 12 Scenic Byway.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Escalante trip planner .

Traveling by car from Moab to Escalante takes 5 hours. In August, Escalante is a bit cooler than Moab - with highs of 77°F and lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Escalante

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Highway 12 Scenic Byway
Highlights from your plan
Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area ©
Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area
Escalante Interagency Visitor Center ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Paria View, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Queen's Garden Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo Loop Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Peek-A-Boo Loop.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park road trip tool .

Getting from Escalante to Bryce Canyon National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Bryce Canyon National Park are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Springdale.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Paria View ©
Paria View

1
night
Springdale

Springdale
Located just outside Zion National Park, Springdale's 600 residents welcome thousands of visitors a year to their tiny town.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stroll through Temple of Sinawava Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverside Walk, and then get great views at Observation Point.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Springdale trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Springdale takes 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in August: high temperatures in Springdale hover around 90°F and lows are around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Springdale

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Zion National Park

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