8 days in Utah Itinerary

8 days in Utah Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Zion National Park
— 1 day
Drive
2
Bryce
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Canyonlands National Park
— 1 night
Drive
5
Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Tampa

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Zion National Park

— 1 day
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): trek along Temple of Sinawava Trail, trek along Riverside Walk, and then take in breathtaking views at Zion's Main Canyon.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zion National Park travel route planner.

Tampa to Zion National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tampa to Zion National Park due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Tampa in September, plan for slightly colder days in Zion National Park, with highs around 84°F, while nights are colder with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bryce.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Bryce

— 2 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.
On the 19th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Thor's Hammer, trek along Navajo Loop Trail, take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point, trek along Queen's Garden Trail, then trek along Fairyland Loop Trail, and finally get all the equipment you need at Ruby's Inn. On your second day here, enjoy breathtaking views from Bryce Point, take some stellar pictures from Inspiration Point, then trek along Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge, and finally get great views at Rainbow Point.

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Getting from Zion National Park to Bryce by car takes about 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Zion National Park in September, with highs in Bryce at 70°F and lows at 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, see Off-Road Tours, then trot along with a tour on horseback, and finally hike along Wildcat Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Cow Canyon Trading Post, explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Gods, admire all the interesting features of Moki Dugway, then immerse yourself in nature at Goosenecks State Park, and finally make a trip to Forrest Gump Point.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Monument Valley trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bryce to Monument Valley takes 4.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Bryce in September; daily highs in Monument Valley reach 81°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): head outdoors with Syncline Loop, trek along Shafer Trail, explore the striking landscape of Island in the Sky, then take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch, and finally get great views at Grand View Point Overlook.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Canyonlands National Park attractions site.

You can drive from Monument Valley to Canyonlands National Park in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Arches National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Pothole Arch, explore the striking landscape at Windows, explore the striking landscape at Double Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch, and finally explore the striking landscape at Fiery Furnace.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Arches National Park trip planning site.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Arches National Park in 1.5 hours. In September in Arches National Park, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 55°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Utah travel guide

4.8
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.