30 days in Utah, Arlington & Joplin Itinerary

30 days in Utah, Arlington & Joplin Itinerary

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Salt Lake City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Zion National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kanab
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryce
— 4 nights
Drive
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Monument Valley
— 3 nights
Drive
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Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moab
— 4 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Dallas/Ft.Worth
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Arlington
— 4 nights
Drive to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Fly to Joplin Regional Airport
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Joplin
— 5 nights
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Salt Lake City

— 2 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.
Salt Lake City is known for historic sites, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon, shop like a local with Art at the Main Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Tabernacle, and walk around Liberty Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City attractions tool.

Seattle to Salt Lake City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Salt Lake City are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Zion National Park

— 4 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Spend the 6th (Thu) exploring nature at Zion National Park. Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Canyon Overlook Trail. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Observation Point, take in breathtaking views at Pine Creek Canyon, admire all the interesting features of Zion Shuttle, and cruise along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Zion National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Salt Lake City to Zion National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Salt Lake City in May, expect little chillier with lows of 41°F in Zion National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kanab.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Kanab

— 1 night
Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): stop by Denny's Wigwam, identify plant and animal life at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, then view the masterpieces at Raven's Heart Gallery, and finally hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

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

You can drive from Zion National Park to Kanab in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Kanab are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bryce.

Things to do in Kanab

Tours · Wildlife · Parks · Shopping

Bryce

— 4 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 find plenty of places to visit near Bryce: Highway 12 Scenic Byway (in Torrey) and Escalante (Scenic Byway Route 12 & Escalante Heritage Center). Spend the 11th (Tue) exploring nature at Peek-A-Boo Loop. And it doesn't end there: get great views at Inspiration Point, trek along Navajo Loop Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, and identify plant and animal life at Rim Trail.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Bryce route planner.

You can drive from Kanab to Bryce in 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kanab in May, with highs in Bryce at 63°F and lows at 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Bryce

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Monument Valley

— 3 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. Take a break from Monument Valley with a short trip to Muley Point Overlook in Mexican Hat, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wildcat Trail, stroll around Sandstone Tours, and see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum..

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bryce to Monument Valley takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Bryce in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Monument Valley: highs are around 74°F and lows about 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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 18th (Tue): hike along Murphy Point Trail, explore the striking landscape of Island in the Sky, and then explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Grand View Point Overlook, trek along White Rim Trail, then trek along White Rim Road, and finally hike along Pothole Point Trail.

Plan a Canyonlands National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Canyonlands National Park in 4 hours. May in Canyonlands National Park sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Moab

— 4 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
When in Moab, make a side trip to see Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, approximately Arches National Park away. On the 20th (Thu), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable tour with Tours, get a taste of the local shopping with Tom Till Gallery, stop by Gearheads Outdoor Store, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Fiend.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Moab trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Canyonlands National Park to Moab in 1.5 hours. In May in Moab, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Arlington.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Arlington

— 4 nights
The popular saying goes, "Everything's bigger in Texas!" and Arlington exemplifies that maxim.
Arlington is known for theme parks, fun & games, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Top O'Hill Terrace, examine the collection at Amon Carter Museum of American Art, get outside with Texas Greenbelt Trinity River Trail, and don't miss a visit to Exchange Avenue.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Arlington trip builder website.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Moab to Arlington in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Moab in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Arlington, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Joplin.

Things to do in Arlington

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Joplin

— 5 nights
Joplin or is a city in southern Jasper County and northern Newton County in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Missouri. Change things up with these side-trips from Joplin: Bentonville (Slaughter Pen Hollow Multi-Use Trail System, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, &more), Caney (Safari Zoological Park & Gary's Garage Museum) and Bowling Ball Yard Art (in Nowata). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, look for gifts at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, get engrossed in the history at George Washington Carver National Monument, and Head underground at Fantastic Caverns.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Joplin tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Arlington to Joplin with the Route module. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Arlington in May: high temperatures in Joplin hover around 76°F and lows are around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Joplin

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Utah travel guide

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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.