13 days in Utah Itinerary

13 days in Utah Itinerary

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13 days in Utah Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Bluff
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Capitol Reef National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Bryce
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Moab
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Zion National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Bluff

Bluff ©
Bluff is a census-designated place (CDP) in San Juan County, Utah, United States. To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bluff trip planner .

Chicago to Bluff is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Bluff. Traveling from Chicago in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bluff, with lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bluff

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mexican Hat, Goosenecks State Park
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Valley of the Gods ©
Valley of the Gods
Goosenecks State Park ©
Goosenecks State Park
Forrest Gump Point ©
Forrest Gump Point

1
night
Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
On the 1st (Mon), stroll through Goosenecks Overlook, hike along The Hickman Bridge Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Capitol Reef National Park .

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Capitol Reef National Park trip maker app .

You can drive from Bluff to Capitol Reef National Park in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Bluff in May; daily highs in Capitol Reef National Park reach 63°F and lows reach 31°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bryce.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Goosenecks Overlook ©
Goosenecks Overlook
Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park

3
nights
Bryce

Bryce ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bryce Amphitheatre and Lick Wash Slot Canyon. Get outdoors at Red Canyon Trails Powell Ranger District Dixie National Forest and Paria River Canyon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bryce: Escalante Interagency Visitor Center (in Escalante) and Willis Creek (in Cannonville).

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bryce day trip planning website .

You can drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Bryce in 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Bryce can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Bryce

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bryce Canyon National Park, Kanab, Ruby's Inn, Willis Creek, Red Canyon Trails Powell Ranger District Dixie National Forest
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Ponderosa Canyon ©
Ponderosa Canyon
Bryce Amphitheatre ©
Bryce Amphitheatre
Lick Wash Slot Canyon ©
Lick Wash Slot Canyon

3
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Get outdoors at Delicate Arch and Corona Arch. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mesa Arch and Balanced Rock Trail. Explore Moab's surroundings by going to Arches National Park (Windows & Tunnel Arch) and Canyonlands National Park (Pothole Point Trail & Island in the Sky). There's still lots to do: hike along Negro Bill Canyon Trail, push the limits with an extreme tour, grab your bike and head to Bike Fiend, and don't miss a visit to The Overlook Gallery.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Moab day trip planning app .

Getting from Bryce to Moab by car takes about 4.5 hours. Traveling from Bryce in June, expect nights in Moab to be much hotter, around 61°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 95°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park
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Negro Bill Canyon Trail ©
Negro Bill Canyon Trail
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch

3
nights
Zion National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at Pa'rus Trail, see Off-Road Tours, then hike along Watchman Trail, then stroll through Temple of Sinawava Trail, and finally hike along Riverside Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Kolob Canyon Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Taylor Creek, then explore and take pictures at Kolob Terrace Road, and finally get outside with The Subway.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zion National Park day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Moab to Zion National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Moab in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Zion National Park, with lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Off-Road Tours
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:
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Watchman Trail ©
Watchman Trail
Riverside Walk ©
Riverside Walk
Hidden Canyon ©
Hidden Canyon

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