The Ultimate 7-Day Utah Adventure for an Unforgettable Road Trip

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Katie Anderson

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Having lived in Utah for a year myself, I've had the chance to explore this beautiful state and scope out some of the best spots! This is a 7-day adventure itinerary taking you through several of the national parks, perfect for a couples or a family road trip. This itinerary would be best implemented during late-Spring to early-Fall.

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Day 1: Arrive in Las Vegas


Fly from your home airport to Las Vegas, NV and pick up your rental car. On this itinerary, we will be working our way north with our first stop at Zion National Park, which is closer to LAS than SLC. Drive yourself to your first hotel.

Several recommended hotel options include Cliffrose Springdale, Curio Collection by Hilton, Canyon Vista Lodge or SpringHill Suites by Marriott Springdale Zion National Park for a 2-night stay.

Grab dinner at King's Landing Bistro for some mountain views.

Day 2: East Zion


Take an East Zion: Crimson Canyon Hike & UTV adventure (2 hours) to explore Slot Canyon through a private access area or take a private guided hike through The Narrows at Zion National Park (7 hours). If you are feeling really adventurous and aren't scared of heights, I would highly recommend applying for a lottery permit to hike Angel's Landing. The views are spectacular if you are lucky enough to get a permit the day before your planned hike. Afterward, enjoy some Tex-Mex on the patio at Oscar's Cafe.

Day 3: Bryce Canyon National Park


Grab breakfast at The Park House and drive yourself to Bryce Canyon National Park (approximately 1 hour 45-minute drive). Spend one night in a luxury dome at Bryce Glamp and Camp. This is a super cool experience for those who might not be fans of traditional camping, but want to experience the beauty of Utah from a luxury dome. Take the day to explore Bryce Canyon National Park and do some exploration and hiking on your own.

Grab dinner at Stone Hearth Grille.

Day 4: Moab


Drive yourself to Moab (this is approximately a 4.5-hour drive). Check into the Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection by Hilton, Sorrel River Ranch & Spa Moab, or The Hyatt Place, Moab for a 2-night stay. Take an afternoon (1:30PM) High Adventure Hummer Tour on Hell's Revenge or a You-Drive Guided Hell's Revenge UTV Tour (afternoon and evening options).

Grab dinner at The Desert Bistro.

Day 5: Discover Moab


Take a Discover Moab in a day: Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Pt Tour (approximately 8 hours). This is a great tour to maximize your time on location. Grabdinner at Trailhead Public House and Eatery.

Day 6: Drive to Salt Lake City


Drive yourself from Moab to Salt Lake City (approximately 3.5-hour drive). On your way up to SLC, make a stop at Homestead Crater for a quick swim, soak or snorkel in this mineral hot spring.

It will feel fabulous after all of the adventure activities. Check into The Grand America Hotel or The Kimpton Hotel Monaco, Salt Lake City for a 1-night stay. Grab a nice Italian dinner at Caffe Molisse or Valter's Osteria.

Day 7: Fly home


Before making your way to Salt Lake City airport for your flight home, grab a quick breakfast at Trolley Cottage Cafe or my personal favorite, Bruges Belgian Bistro.

If you have the option to stay longer than seven days in Utah, you could extend your time at any one of the stops mentioned above for an even more unique experience.

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