16 days in Arizona & Utah Itinerary

16 days in Arizona & Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Fly
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Prescott
— 1 day
Drive to Williams, AR, Train to Grand Canyon National Park
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Page
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bryce
— 3 nights
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moab
— 3 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Denver

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Prescott

— 1 day
Traditional Western attractions in Prescott include rodeos, wooden whiskey saloons, and quirky independent stores selling unique souvenirs.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Downtown Historic Area, then get engrossed in the history at Sharlot Hall Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Watson Lake.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Prescott online itinerary planner.

Denver to Prescott is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Prescott

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Grand Canyon National Park

— 4 nights
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Discover out-of-the-way places like South Kaibab Trail and Grandview Point. And it doesn't end there: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views from Desert View Watchtower, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and get great views at Pipe Creek Vista.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park tour planning app.

Traveling by combination of car and train from Prescott to Grand Canyon National Park takes 5 hours. In August, Grand Canyon National Park is little chillier than Prescott - with highs of 80°F and lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Page.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

Page

— 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gunfighter Canyon and Lake Powell. Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring nature at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. There's lots more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon, admire the engineering at Glen Canyon Dam Overlook, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Horseshoe Bend.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Page trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Page takes 2.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August: high temperatures in Page hover around 93°F and lows are around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bryce.

Things to do in Page

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Bryce

— 3 nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop and Inspiration Point. Change things up with a short trip to Highway 12 Scenic Byway in Torrey (about 50 minutes away). There's much more to do: hike along Navajo Loop Trail, stroll through Queen's Garden Trail, take in panoramic vistas at Bryce Point, and take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Hammer.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bryce online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Page to Bryce in 3 hours. While traveling from Page, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Bryce, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Monument Valley

— 2 nights
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Goosenecks State Park, then steep yourself in history at Bluff Fort Historic Site, and then see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Moki Dugway, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Monument Valley vacation planner.

You can drive from Bryce to Monument Valley in 5 hours. In August, Monument Valley is a bit warmer than Bryce - with highs of 87°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Moab

— 3 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Climbing Tours and Double Arch. Step out of Moab with an excursion to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park--about 38 minutes away. On the 16th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Moab trip tool.

Getting from Monument Valley to Moab by car takes about 3 hours. August in Moab sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Arizona travel guide

4.3
Canyons · Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails
The Grand Canyon State
Known as the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona boasts dense forests, deep gorges, sprawling national parks, and modern ski resorts. Native American reservations take up about a quarter of the state, housing several tribes and offering visitors a chance to discover the varied cultures of the country's indigenous population. A patchwork of diverse tourist attractions, Arizona features exclusive golf courses and upscale shops, as well as cactus-covered canyons and stretches of desolate desert straight out of old Westerns, perfect for a vacation far from the city bustle. Though the state still clings to its Old West flavor, its busy college towns packed with young students from around the world exude a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Utah travel guide

4.7
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Scenic Drive
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.