Utah Splendor Adventure

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My Utah Splendor Adventure takes you through the natural beauty of our 45th state. Utah has so many natural wonders to explore, it can be an eye opener for the young and young at heart. I start the trip just outside Utah, in Las Vegas! This makes for an easy jumping off point. I know that for a family of 4, Vegas may not be an obvious choice, but there are so many things to do in the city! You can ride roller coasters, see a world-class show, take a trip to the Hoover Dam, the mob museum, a fighter pilot experience and the list keeps going. The city really has become a family-friendly destination. In this adventure, you’ll spend a couple nights there.

From Las Vegas, you’ll head into the splendor of Utah, stopping first at Zion National Park. The park is one of the most stunning areas of the west, and the Lodge within the park is a perfect base camp to explore the different paths. Here, you can hike, bike and wander through the red rock cliffs.

From here, it’s off to Moab. For those not familiar with the city, it’s right next to Arches national park, which boasts spectacular rock formations. Also next to Moab, is the Canyonlands national park, another can’t-miss attraction that will take your breath away.

After exploring this area, you will enjoy a little adventure. You’ll set off to Flaming Gorge Recreation Area. Here, you will take a cruise down the Green River while taking in the views of the surrounding cliffs.

The final stop on the adventure takes you to one of my favorite areas in the state, Park City. Here, after a long ride through the rugged landscape, you’ll be able to take in beautiful vistas while enjoying this upscale vacation hotspot.

This is not a plan that I am selling, but a post to inspire you to explore different vacation options. With that being said, you can take this idea and adjust it to fit your needs, maybe by cutting nights or even destinations. I list the pricing after tax (except on some transport), and the prices are for July, during the peak travel time. The trip is calculated for a family of four, but I do list what a couple should expect at the bottom. So let's get started. Below are a couple maps of the trip and total cost:


Pricing Breakdown


When looking at the transportation costs of this plan, you'll be arriving in Las Vegas and departing from Salt Lake City. I've set a budget for airfare, $350 per person, for a total of $1,400. As usual, if you have points accumulated, that would be a great way to reduce the cost of this trip. I think that the best option of transportation, I would venture to say the only option, is with a car.


As you can see above, the cost of the rental is $668 which includes parking fees as well as gas. The rate, I think, is extremely reasonable, especially since you'll be driving through the entire state.


Hotel Summary: While each hotel does possess several similarities, I think each one stands out for its own special reason.

For accommodations, there are four pricing tiers (instead of my normal three) because there were so many fun places to visit. In Vegas, there’s everything from the iconic Bellagio and Caesar’s Palace, to the budget conscious Circus Circus. In Moab, there’s some really interesting choices. You can break the budget and head to Sorrel River Ranch to experience wide-open luxury, or you can stay at the upscale, budget-friendly option of camping out under the stars.


Itinerary and Activities

Above is an idea of what a possible itinerary would look like for this trip. Everything listed above is included in the price and covers all the activities that I have planned for the trip for four family members. So, again, if you see activities that don’t interest you, you could save money by skipping.

Food Budget

I have built-in just under $125 per day which I think would be enough to get breakfast, lunch and dinner.


For couples, I've adjusted the amount spent on the flight, the activities, the food and the room rate. If you were to go, the prices would be similar to the chart below.

Thanks for stopping by and reading through my latest travel plan! If there's a region, or a trip, that you would want me to feature, just let me know!



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