8 days in Utah Itinerary

8 days in Utah Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Utah trip itinerary planner
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Bryce
— 1 night
Drive
3
Capitol Reef National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Moab
— 2 nights
Drive to Grand Junction, Fly to Atlanta

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Zion National Park — 2 nights

Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
On the 21st (Sat), stroll through Angel's Landing and then take a memorable drive along Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Zion National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Zion National Park trip itinerary app.

Atlanta to Zion National Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Atlanta to Zion National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder evenings in Zion National Park when traveling from Atlanta in May, with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Bryce.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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Bryce — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Bryce Point and then take in the dramatic natural features at Natural Bridge.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Bryce attractions planner.

You can drive from Zion National Park to Bryce in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Zion National Park in May, expect Bryce to be slightly colder, temps between 63°F and 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Capitol Reef National Park.
Nature · Parks
Side Trip
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Highlights from your trip

Capitol Reef National Park — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Capitol Reef National Park . Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Gifford Homestead, hike along Sunset Point Trail, and then hike along Goosenecks Overlook.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Capitol Reef National Park road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Bryce to Capitol Reef National Park takes 2.5 hours. May in Capitol Reef National Park sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Moab.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails
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Moab — 2 nights

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour and then take in the dramatic natural features at Arches National Park. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Moab trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Moab takes 3 hours. Traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Moab: highs are around 76°F and lows about 49°F. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Sat).
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Nature
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Utah travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
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.