15 days in Utah Itinerary

15 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah visit planner

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Make it your trip
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Salt Lake City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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Salt Lake City

— 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Salt Lake City: Wasatch Mountains (in Sundance), Midway (Rocky Mountain Outfitters & Homestead Crater Mineral Dome) and Antelope Island State Park (in Syracuse). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Square, ponder the world of politics at Utah State Capitol, get to know the resident critters at Tracy Aviary, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Utah's Hogle Zoo.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Salt Lake City trip itinerary website.

Minneapolis to Salt Lake City is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Minneapolis in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Salt Lake City: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Arches National Park

— 3 nights

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.
Arches National Park is known for nature, trails, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, trek along Fiery Furnace, stroll through Double O Arch, and cruise along Arches National Park Scenic Drive.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Arches National Park online trip maker.

Getting from Salt Lake City to Arches National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from Salt Lake City in June, you will find days in Arches National Park are a bit warmer (95°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Canyonlands National Park

— 2 nights
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 4th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Island in the Sky, then get great views at Green River Overlook, and finally trek along Pothole Point Trail. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook, then take in the dramatic natural features at White Crack, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Monument Basin.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Canyonlands National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Canyonlands National Park takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Canyonlands National Park can reach 97°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. The adventure continues: trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point, take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge, and stroll through Queen's Garden Trail.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bryce Canyon National Park online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Canyonlands National Park in July, with highs in Bryce Canyon National Park at 81°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Utah travel guide

4.8
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.