11 days in Portland & Southeastern Utah Itinerary

11 days in Portland & Southeastern Utah Itinerary

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Portland
— 1 day
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Moab
— 3 nights
Drive
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Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Bluff
— 2 nights
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Portland

— 1 day

The Forest City

Maine's biggest and perhaps most vibrant city, Portland was established as a fishing village in 1633 and grew to become New England's largest port.
On the 30th (Sat), immerse yourself in nature at Mackworth Island, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Eastern Promenade Trail, then hike along Back Cove Trail, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Of The Immaculate Conception.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Portland route maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Portland. In May, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Portland

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Climbing Tours and Windows. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Balanced Rock Trail and Wilson's Arch. Step out of Moab with an excursion to Devils Garden Trailhead in Arches National Park--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Park Avenue Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, admire the verdant scenery at Castle Valley, and grab your bike and head to Slickrock Bike Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Moab online trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Portland to Moab in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Portland in June, expect nights in Moab to be somewhat warmer, around 61°F, while days are much hotter, around 95°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

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.
On the 5th (Fri), trek along Pothole Point Trail, then take a memorable drive along White Rim Road, then hike along Neck Spring, and finally hike along White Rim Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Canyonlands National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Moab to Canyonlands National Park in 1.5 hours. In June in Canyonlands National Park, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Scenic Drive

Capitol Reef National Park

— 1 night
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.
On the 6th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Water Pocket Fold, then get outside with Notom Road Scenic Backway, and then experience rural life at Mesa Farm Market.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Capitol Reef National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Capitol Reef National Park in 4 hours. Traveling from Canyonlands National Park in June, you will find days in Capitol Reef National Park are little chillier (79°F), and nights are colder (40°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Bluff.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Bluff

— 2 nights
Bluff is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Juan County, Utah, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Sand Island Campground, then take in the dramatic natural features at Comb Ridge, then steep yourself in history at Bluff Fort Historic Site, and finally stroll the grounds of Pioneer Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Dinosaur Museum, then immerse yourself in nature at The Edge of the Cedars State Park, and then look and learn at Canyon Country Discovery Center.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bluff holiday builder app.

You can drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Bluff in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in June; daily highs in Bluff reach 87°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bluff

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

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