9 days in Utah, Mesa Verde National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

9 days in Utah, Mesa Verde National Park & Las Vegas Itinerary

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Salt Lake City
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
— 2 nights
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Las Vegas
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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.
For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City route planner.

Newark to Salt Lake City is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newark in March: high temperatures in Salt Lake City hover around 58°F and lows are around 38°F. You'll set off for Arches National Park on the 26th (Sat).
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games

Arches National Park — 2 nights

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Windows and then take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Salt Lake City to Arches National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Salt Lake City in March, plan for little chillier nights in Arches National Park, with lows around 32°F. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Mesa Verde National Park — 2 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 29th (Tue), trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and then delve into the distant past at Balcony House.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary site.

Getting from Arches National Park to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Arches National Park in March, Mesa Verde National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 24°F. You will leave for Bryce Canyon National Park on the 30th (Wed).
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Bryce Canyon National Park — 1 night

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 31st (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Queen Victoria.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park attractions app.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in March, plan for slightly colder days in Bryce Canyon National Park, with highs around 49°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Zion National Park.
Parks · Nature
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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Zion National Park. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, trek along Angel's Landing, and then cruise along Zion Shuttle.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Zion National Park: highs are around 64°F and lows about 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Las Vegas.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Las Vegas

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Las Vegas trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Zion National Park in April, you will find days in Las Vegas are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are warmer (57°F). You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Sat).
Nightlife · Outdoors · Tours · Fun & Games

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.