With so many US States to choose from, why choose Utah for your road trip? The main reason to choose Utah is for stunning red rock formations in all shapes and sizes. What’s more, some parts of Utah are so remote that you may have a stunning location all to yourself. If the red rock formations alone aren’t enough to persuade you to visit Utah, then the Great Salt Lake and vast wildlife may just encourage you to do so!
Why Use KAYAK to Organise your Utah Road Trip?
With KAYAK you can instantly compare hundreds of travel websites at the click of a button. You can explore car rental, hotels and flight prices with KAYAK. With so many travel websites being compared at once, you will find the best choice for your road trip. After finding your best option, simply click through and reserve. This whole process can be completed within seconds a very few clicks.
Finding a Hire Car with KAYAK
For a Utah road trip, without a doubt finding the hire car is most important. Use KAYAK to discover the hire car which will best suit your Utah road trip. Kayak searches hundreds of different car options at once and within seconds. As a matter of fact, upon searching I’m sure you’ll find options you didn’t even know existed. Once you find the perfect hire car for your trip, click through to instantly confirm your reservation.
Finding a Hotel with KAYAK
For the most part, I believe it’s best not to book hotels in advance for your Utah road trip. As a result, you can spend longer in the places you like and less in the places you don’t. In addition, you may discover places you didn’t even know existed whilst driving on the open road. However, if there is a place you know you’ll be like Salt Lake City on your first night for example, go ahead and book in advance through KAYAK. A good way to book hotels throughout your road trip is to download the KAYAK app on your phone and search by location when you’re there.
Utah Road Trip Inspiration from KAYAK
The Kayak team have many suggestions for a Utah road trip. The road trip which caught my eye was traversing Utah’s National Parks from Moab to Zion National Park. I’ll cover most of the National Parks below but before I begin I must mention Corona Arch near Moab. This top Instagram spot is a 1.5 mile walk from Utah State Route 279. Park up your hire car and spend as long as you desire at Corona Arch.
More Utah Road Trip Ideas
I recommend you change your hire care for a bobsleigh at Utah Olympic Park. Who remembers the 2002 Winter Olympics? That’s the year the Olympics came to Salt Lake City, Utah. Today, you can visit Utah Olympic Park at Park City, 28 miles from Salt Lake City. During the 2002 Olympics this is where the bobsleigh, skeleton, luge, ski jumping, and Nordic combined were held. In fact, if you’re lucky you may see future Olympic athletes training here when you visit. What’s more, there are a few activities which you can partake in yourself such as ziplining.
Zion National Park
Zion Canyon is famous for its steep red cliffs. There’s no better place to view these than from Angels Landing. As a result, Angels Landing is a top photo spot not just in Zion Canyon National Park but in all of Utah. Drive along the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive through the National Park and leave your car to take short hikes.
The Narrows is exactly that, the narrowest part of Zion Canyon. To see it best you must hike through the Virgin River which guarantees wet feet. Walk through a 1000 foot high canyon with a width of less than 30 feet.
Bryce Canyon National Park
For stunning views, take a drive around the park to Sunrise, Sunset, Inspiration and Bryce viewpoints. You’re guaranteed to see some of the most beautiful views you’ll ever see. Additionally, you can take a worthwhile 18 mile one way trip to Rainbow Point.
Salt Lake City
It’s worth parking up your car and spending a couple of days in Salt Lake City. One stunning thing to see in Salt Lake City is the Salt Lake Temple at Temple Square. Another stunning building is the Utah State Capitol Building which looks more like something you’d find in Washington DC. Discover more things to do in Salt Lake City with KAYAK.
Great Salt Lake
North of Salt Lake City is the Great Salt Lake. This is the largest salt lake in the Western Hemisphere as well as one of the largest in the world. Consider visiting Antelope Island State Park which is home to bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, antelope as well as several birds. Alternatively, I-80 West from Salt Lake City will give you the opportunity to view the southern end of the Great Salt Lake.
Arches National Park
Those who love natural stone formations will be in their element at Arches National Park. As a matter of fact, Arches National Park boasts over 2000 natural arch formations throughout the landscape. Perfect for photographers, Instagram shots or those who simple enjoy a good view.
I mentioned earlier Utah Olympic Park near Park City. You won’t regret stopping by Park City itself, for a walk down the historic Main St. Lastly, Park City is surrounded by some of the top ski slopes in the whole of the USA.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park has been carved by the Colorado river over centuries. Drive the paved scenic route to Island in the Sky where you’ll see a truly stunning panoramic. However, if you truly want to visit every part of Canyonlands you should consider hiring a 4×4 vehicle and exploring the unpaved roads.
Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park has been described as Zion National Park but without the crowds. Maybe minimise your time at Zion to the best viewpoints, then give yourself an extra day at Capitol Reef National Park? You have your own set of wheels so you can plan how you want! Take an 8 mile scenic drive through Capitol Reef National Park and witness stunning views at your leisure.
Golden Cathedral is an incredible rock formation with stagnant water beneath it. Truly a top Instagram location in Utah State. However, to reach the Golden Cathedral is by far from an easy task which involves a 9 mile hike including desert and river crossings. Park your car at the trailhead in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and come well prepared for a challenging hike.
If you’re from my generation or older you may recognise Monument Valley from Back to the Future III. In fact, Monument Valley has been the stunning backdrop to many movies and series over the years. You’ll find it on the Utah / Arizona border. As a result, Monument Valley makes the perfect place to start an Arizona road trip.
Enjoy Your Utah Road Trip
Enjoy your Utah road trip with the freedom of the open road and no set in stone schedule. Maybe you want to relax at a red rock formation for sunset, or get up early for sunrise? Maybe you want to witness the golden hour reflecting in the Great Salt Lake. Alternatively, you may wish to spend hours watching wildlife. Whatever you choose to do, booking your Utah road trip through KAYAK gives you the freedom to do it.
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