Planning vacation in Utah?

Hello hello! School is approaching and I have been put in charge of planning the last family vacation. My destination of choice is Utah! We only have a week :( but I want to make the most it. Naturally, I want to do everything possible, but that's just not possible in a weeks time. I have trouble picking a set destination, a pinpoint. Salt Lake City is a good option but that's a good 5 hours from any natural canyon or park. I also have another dilemma, we have kids. The youngest being 3 years old. So hiking is out of the question, which leaves a lot of the scenic back routes out too. I just really need help planning to get the most out of the vacation but keeping everyone satisfied. My biggest problem is finding a certain spot to work around. I want to be able to drive to scenery a couple of days, but spend another day in the town or city to sight see and tour. I hope that makes sense! Thanks so much.


I also would like to stay away from zoos. Don't get me wrong, zoos are great! But you can go to a zoo anywhere at anytime. Something different. I really appreciate your time! Thanks!

3 Answers

  • 5 years ago
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    Moab, Utah, has recreational activities for all ages and has beautiful scenery that you can drive through in nearby Arches and Canyonlands. The Canyonlands Campground outside of town has cottages you can rent or you can tent camp -- they have a pool and hot tubs and the town has touristy places, restaurants, etc. It is quite a ways from SLC. You need to consider what time of year you are visiting too -- some parts of southern Utah are very hot and windy in mid-summer. Be sure to check average monthly temperatures whereever you plan to go.

  • 5 years ago

    Arches NP, Canyonland NP, Capitol Reef NP, Escalante Staircase

  • Joe C
    Lv 7
    5 years ago

    Utah canyon country is great. Go through southern Utah to see Zion, Bryce Canyon and Arches National Parks. Bryce is one of the most fantastic sights in the southwestern U.S.

    At Bryce Canyon everyone stays at Ruby's Inn. It's right next to the entrance and they have lots of things to do.

    Utah Route 12 is one of the most scenic roads in the country. Red Canyon and Big Thunder Road in Dixie National Forest is the inspiration for Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain (see the picture I took in link below)

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