9 days in United States Itinerary

9 days in United States Itinerary

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9 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly + Drive:  5​h
1
Arches National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Kanab
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: New Orleans

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park ©
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 25th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Tower of Babel, explore the striking landscape at Courthouse Towers, then explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Broken Arch.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park sightseeing planning site .

Salt Lake City to Arches National Park is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Canyonlands National Park.

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Broken Arch ©
Broken Arch
Tower of Babel ©
Tower of Babel
Courthouse Towers ©
Courthouse Towers

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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park ©
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 26th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Horseshoe Canyon, trek along White Rim Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Canyonlands National Park travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park in 2 hours. In May in Canyonlands National Park, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Capitol Reef National Park.

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Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch

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Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Capitol Reef National Park .

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Capitol Reef National Park trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Capitol Reef National Park takes 4 hours. In May, Capitol Reef National Park is little chillier than Canyonlands National Park - with highs of 63°F and lows of 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park

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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 28th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Fairyland Loop Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park sightseeing planner.

Drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 3.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Bryce Canyon National Park are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kanab.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

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Kanab

Kanab ©
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): stop by Denny's Wigwam, then trek along Wire Pass Trail (Buckskin Gulch access), and then identify plant and animal life at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kanab trip planner .

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Kanab by car takes about 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in May; daily highs in Kanab reach 76°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zion National Park.

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Best Friends Animal Sanctuary ©
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Wire Pass Trail (Buckskin Gulch access) ©

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park
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 30th (Thu): trek along Watchman Trail, trek along Riverside Walk, and then hike along Temple of Sinawava Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park online holiday planner .

Getting from Kanab to Zion National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Zion National Park can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Zion National Park

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
On the 31st (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your game on at Dig This, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Las Vegas road trip tool .

You can drive from Zion National Park to Las Vegas in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Zion National Park, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Dig This ©
Dig This
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

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