This Might-y Be Your Next Favorite Place 🏜️

We were looking for adventures, breathtaking views and Instagram-worthy stays… and Utah did not disappoint! Here’s why and what we did.

We planned out the big things like parks, routes and stays in advance, and we recommend you do the same to make the most out of your time at The Beehive State. Believe us, there is a lot to see — home to The Mighty Five, Utah ranks third of states with the most national parks. We had an amazing time exploring the city, The Mighty Five, and a few additional gems we found along the way. With one full week of vacation, here’s how we managed to fit a LOT of fun stuff (and around 1,300 miles) into our schedule.

How-and-What to Prepare Tips + Trip Essentials:

  • Fall is THE perfect season to visit Utah and its parks… not too hot, not too cold.
  • The America the Beautiful (Interagency) Annual Pass will help you save a few bucks in park entrances, plus it gives you an excuse to keep adventuring during the year.
  • Do your research: know which parks require shuttle passes, best hours to visit each park, etc.
  • You will be driving through multiple areas without service. Make sure you can access your maps offline or use a car GPS to ensure you get to your destination safely.
  • Bring a comfortable backpack to fit water (and snacks) for hiking and long hours of driving.
  • Stay hydrated while hiking because it gets extremely hot.
  • Most of the bathrooms do not have running water, bring body wipes.
  • Pack your sunscreen and sanitizing wipes to stay protected while you’re out and about!
Flying over Utah’s mountains — breathtakingly beautiful!

Detailed Itinerary — Utah’s Mighty Five, and so much more…

Day 1 — Sunday: Arrival and a little city exploration 🌇

SLC Eatery, Utah’s State Capitol, and walking around the city.
  • Where We Stayed: We stayed at a 1920s Historic Home on Capitol Hill (Booked via Airbnb) — We highly recommend this stay, it was beautiful and in an extremely good location to explore Downtown SLC. Please do not let the lack of pictures keep you from booking this gem! 100% recommended.
  • Highlight of the Day: An unforgettable sunset at the Ensign Peak Trail and Overlook. We were looking for a nice place to watch the sunset during our first afternoon in SLC, and this trail definitely made it an unforgettable experience. Although I was not appropriately dressed for a hike (dress and sandals), it was totally worth it. The sun was literally a red sphere over the city — I have to say, it was probably one of the prettiest sunsets I’ve seen.
Ensign Peak Trail and Overlook

Day 2 — Monday: Downtown SLC, Moab and wine. Cheers! 🍷

  • Where We Stayed: We stayed at The Gonzo Inn, a stylish boutique hotel with a relaxing heated pool opened until 10PM, perfect to recharge after a long day (Booked via Airbnb).
Nice schedule to prep for an intense next day. Views, wine and food = great combo!
  • Highlight of the Day: The scenic routes. Oh Mighty God, what a great way to start the adventurous part of our trip than to driving south towards Moab. The views were incredible, definitely took us by surprise!

Day 3 — Tuesday: Arches and Canyonlands National Parks (1 & 2 /5)

North and South Windows (Arches) + Shafer Dirt Track (Canyonlands)
  • Where We Stayed: We stayed at the Capitol Reef Resort (Booked via Expedia). What an incredible place. If you’re looking for an authentic desert-like stay, search no more. Capitol Reef Resort is a three-in-one resort with: “glamping” teepee tents, “glamping” wagons, and villa/hotel like rooms. Beautiful place with out of this world Red Rocks background. If you’re visiting Capitol Reef National Park, you should stay here.
  • Highlight of the Day: The adrenaline rush from the Canyonlands dirt track. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, this might be the highlight of your Mighty Five trip as well.

Day 4 — Wednesday: Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks (3 & 4 /5)

Capitol Reef National Park
  • Where We Stayed: We drove to a little town called Hatch, where we stayed at the Mountain Ridge Cabins and Lodging (Booked via Airbnb). Beautiful place, tiny house/cabin look but super comfortable and clean. Another recommendation! We sat down by the fire pit to drink our wine (from Spanish Valley) and saw Mars. Yes, you read that right, we saw MARS! What a show-stopper! We also had dinner at the Outlaw Saloon… probably one of the best dinners we had while visiting the parks.
Bryce Canyon + Mountain Ridge Cabins
  • Highlight of the Day: The Natural Bridge at Bryce Canyon was the highlight of the day. The view was genuinely impressive — took our breath away.

Day 5 — Thursday: Zion National Park (5/5)

Zion National Park + The Dwellings
  • Where We Stayed: We drove around 20–30 minutes to La Verkin, where we stayed at The Dwellings (Booked via Airbnb). This is probably one of the best Airbnbs I’ve stayed at. Incredible views, perfect taste for decorations, extremely Instagram-worthy — this was the PERFECT stay. We would come back to this Airbnb in the blink of an eye!
  • Highlight of the Day: The Airbnb exceeded our expectations, we wish we could have stayed longer. Absolutely loved the place.

Day 6 — Friday: Drive back to SLC + Great Salt Lake Park & Marina

Views from the drive back to SLC + Great Salt Lake
  • Where We Stayed: We stayed at a very vintage inspired, stylish, and classy 1bd apartment a few blocks away from the University of Utah (Booked via Airbnb). Beautifully decorated and great dinner recommendations from the hosts. Has our seal of approval!
  • Highlight of the Day: The dinner and the beer. We ate at Cafe Trio, an Italian restaurant a few minutes away from where we were staying… and the food was simply delicious. Best food of our trip! And then, we of course headed to one last brewery, Proper Brewing. Great environment, even better beer.

Day 7— Saturday: Tried the famous Red Iguana + Flight Back Home

We hope you can find some inspiration in our trip to go see the beautiful scenery the Beehive State has to offer. This is undoubtedly a trip everyone needs to make at least once in their lifetime. We had an immense amount of fun, all the memories will stay with us forever. Hopefully you found this helpful, and it eases part of the planning stress. See you on our next trip — Au revoir!

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