9 days in Grand Canyon National Park & Utah Itinerary

9 days in Grand Canyon National Park & Utah Itinerary

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Fly to Flagstaff, Bus to Maswik Lodge
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kanab
— 1 night
Drive
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Zion National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to San Juan

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Grand Canyon National Park

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon South Rim and Hermit's Rest. Get some historical perspective at Bright Angel Point and Grand Canyon Railway Depot. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Rim Trail, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Grand Canyon National Park journey planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from San Juan to Grand Canyon National Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from San Juan in April, with highs in Grand Canyon National Park at 19°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Kanab.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

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Kanab

Kanab is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Utah, United States. On the 4th (Tue), skim along the rocks with Kanab Tour Company, get a taste of the local shopping with Raven's Heart Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and finally take an in-depth tour of Historical Kanab Library.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kanab travel route planning website.

Getting from Grand Canyon National Park to Kanab by car takes about 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in May; daily highs in Kanab reach 28°C and lows reach 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Kanab

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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Zion National Park

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Zion National Park day trip planning website.

You can drive from Kanab to Zion National Park in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Zion National Park are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Bryce Canyon National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): stroll through Navajo/Queens Garden Loop, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail, then trek along Fairyland Loop Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Queen Victoria.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bryce Canyon National Park day trip planning site.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park in 3 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Zion National Park in May: high temperatures in Bryce Canyon National Park hover around 20°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Arches National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, then explore the striking landscape at Windows, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Delicate Arch.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Arches National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Arches National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in May, expect Arches National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.