9 days in Utah, Page & Great Basin National Park Itinerary

9 days in Utah, Page & Great Basin National Park Itinerary

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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Arches National Park
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Moab
— 1 night
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
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Page
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Kanab
— 1 night
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Zion National Park
— 1 day
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Bryce
— 1 night
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Bryce Canyon National Park
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 2 nights
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Great Basin National Park
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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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.
Plan trip to Salt Lake City with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Washington to Salt Lake City is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington to Salt Lake City due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 51°F. You'll set off for Arches National Park on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Fun & Games

Arches National Park

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.
You've now added Arches National Park Scenic Drive to your itinerary. On the 2nd (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Arches National Park and then admire all the interesting features of Arches National Park Scenic Drive.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Arches National Park attractions app.

You can drive from Salt Lake City to Arches National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. In May, daily temperatures in Arches National Park can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails · Parks

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Moab

— 1 night

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Moab trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Moab takes an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Moab can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. On the 3rd (Mon), you're off to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Canyonlands National Park

— 1 night
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Canyonlands National Park and then stroll through Pothole Point Trail.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Canyonlands National Park holiday planner.

Getting from Moab to Canyonlands National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. On the 4th (Tue), you'll travel to Page.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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Page

Center of Canyon Country

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Horseshoe Bend.

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Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Page takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Canyonlands National Park in May, Page is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the shuttle to Kanab.

Things to do in Page

Parks · Nature
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Kanab

— 1 night
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kanab trip planner.

Traveling by shuttle from Page to Kanab takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Page in May since evenings lows in Kanab dip to 41°F. On the 5th (Wed), you'll travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Kanab

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Zion National Park

— 1 day
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zion National Park. On the 5th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Historical Kanab Library, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park, then trek along Kayenta Trail, then trek along Riverside Walk, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Temple of Sinawava Trail.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zion National Park attractions site.

You can drive from Kanab to Zion National Park in an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Zion National Park can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bryce.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

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Bryce

— 1 night
Serving as a gateway to the adjacent Bryce Canyon National Park, the tiny town of Bryce draws outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers all year round.
To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bryce planning app.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Bryce in 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Zion National Park in May: high temperatures in Bryce hover around 63°F and lows are around 31°F. You'll set off for Bryce Canyon National Park on the 6th (Thu).

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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.
To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Bryce Canyon National Park online journey planner.

Bryce Canyon National Park is just a stone's throw from Bryce. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 31°F. On the 6th (Thu), you'll travel to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Capitol Reef National Park

— 2 nights
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sunset Point Trail, The Hickman Bridge Trail and Capitol Reef National Park . On the 6th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Capitol Reef National Park , hike along The Hickman Bridge Trail, and then hike along Sunset Point Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Capitol Reef National Park itinerary planner.

Drive from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 31°F. On the 8th (Sat), you'll travel to Great Basin National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park is one of the U.S.'s more out-of-the-way national parks, but those who make the trip are rewarded with the striking contrast of snowcapped peaks rising from a high-altitude desert.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): trek along Baker Lake Trail and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Alpine Lakes Loop.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Basin National Park road trip planning app.

You can drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Great Basin National Park in 4.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Capitol Reef National Park to Great Basin National Park due to the time zone difference. In May in Great Basin National Park, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Salt Lake City.

Things to do in Great Basin National Park

Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Salt Lake City

— 1 night

Crossroads of the West

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Salt Lake City day trip planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Basin National Park to Salt Lake City. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Great Basin National Park to Salt Lake City. Traveling from Great Basin National Park in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 51°F in Salt Lake City. On the 9th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Outdoors · Parks · 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.