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Old 08-29-2017, 09:59 AM
 
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I lived in Moab for 10 years and would highly suggest Arches and Canyonlands. With both, you can drive to scenic overlooks and check them out---no hiking or extended walking required unless you want to do that. Most sights can be viewed from the parking lot overlooks. So you can stay in your air-conditioned car even in July-Aug.


If you have time, consider Bryce. It is the most magnificent of all the parks.


These are natural wonders of the world, unlike ski resorts, etc.
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Old 08-29-2017, 11:06 AM
 
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Wonderful suggestions. Thank you everyone.
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Old 08-29-2017, 11:46 AM
 
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All of those parks are great. You could also combine the trip with some regional flights, such as Moab-SLC with Boutique air, which is fun as well.
Moab also has a small car rental facility (I forget which brand). So if your budget tan take the hit, one option would be to spend a few days in SLC, then drive to Moab and spend a few days exploring the parks and BLM lands there, then drop the rental car off at Moab and fly home from there. (Obviously, though, returning to SLC will save you money.)
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Old 08-30-2017, 08:41 AM
 
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I posted this in another thread recently, and agree with what others have mentioned:

I think all of Southern Utah is amazing (my favorite place in the lower 48, that I've been to so far), all 5 National Parks (Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef) and a few National Monuments (Cedar Breaks, Rainbow Bridge, Natural Bridges) are all worth a visit and you can also include Monument Valley which straddles the AZ/UT border. I can easily spend two weeks or more exploring/visiting all those places over and over and over.
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Old 08-30-2017, 10:07 AM
 
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All great comments/suggestions and much appreciated. I think my inclination is to suggest to my wife that we spend 4-5 days in and around Salt Lake City and another 3-4 days based in Moab for Arches and Canyonlands.
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Old 09-01-2017, 08:23 PM
 
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All great comments/suggestions and much appreciated. I think my inclination is to suggest to my wife that we spend 4-5 days in and around Salt Lake City and another 3-4 days based in Moab for Arches and Canyonlands.
I'd flip that but sounds not bad. Make sure you do a river tip from Moab.
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Old 09-01-2017, 08:28 PM
 
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Honestly, with a 5 year old, I advise you to just stick close to Salt Lake City. I bet you'll find great things to do right around there.

Traveling with a small child is really trying for both adults and the child. You'll all be much happier if you just keep it simple. Been there. Learned the hard way :-)
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Old 09-01-2017, 08:42 PM
 
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-Fly to Denver and spend 4-5 days in Colorado before returning home?
-Grand Teton and/or Yellowstone, although the latter seems like it should be a vacation unto itself.

Would love to hear any thoughts. Thanks!
Grand Teton/Yellowstone is a trip unto itself. When your daughter is of hiking age I strongly prefer Grand Teton over Yellowstone.

As far as other places in that area, if you can get a short flight to Durango, Colorado (other side of the state from Denver) Durango itself and Pueblo National Park is a great visit with a child that age.
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Old 09-05-2017, 06:15 AM
 
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Honestly, with a 5 year old, I advise you to just stick close to Salt Lake City. I bet you'll find great things to do right around there.

Traveling with a small child is really trying for both adults and the child. You'll all be much happier if you just keep it simple. Been there. Learned the hard way :-)
Thanks and I know what you mean. We've traveled frequently with our daughter and she's been to Greece, Italy, Norway, California and the Pacific Northwest and always does pretty well. The key, as we've learned, is to drastically slow down the trip versus how we would plan an itinerary for my wife and myself alone. So in Norway this year for example, we spent 3 days and nights in Bergen when 1.5 days may have otherwise sufficed, and we made sure to hit the aquarium and the troll forest. We then spent 5 nights in a small fjord-side town, and resisted the temptation to run all over the country checking off boxes. The end result was a much happier vacation for all, and we still got to see a lot of wonderful places even if 9 days in Norway usually entails a lot more running around.

That said, Utah is going to be our big summer vacation next year, and I don't want to fly all the way there from NY and not see at least one of the national parks. We're certainly not going to run all over the state visiting all 5 national parks as per Frommers' 1 week itinerary - which in my view is nuts even without a child - but we'd really like to spend 4 days or so in and around Salt Lake and then another 4 days or so based somewhere else, whether that is Moab for Arches/Canyonlands or whether it's to see Bryce and Zion. I think that will be a slow enough pace for my daughter to enjoy, while also letting us get a taste of the national parks for which Utah is famous.
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Old 09-05-2017, 10:57 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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All great comments/suggestions and much appreciated. I think my inclination is to suggest to my wife that we spend 4-5 days in and around Salt Lake City and another 3-4 days based in Moab for Arches and Canyonlands.
I would consider reversing the time span (It can be a day between parks in Southern UT) 2 days in SLC last week was enough for me (and one of those was Park City + Bonneville (2 hrs one way to the opposite side).

Consider driving the long legs at night.
I find a nice community pool and let the kids and spouse swim, while I nap under a tree. Kids travel well at night in car. Not much to see 'between' park in UT +/-.

Have a great time.

The parks are very walkable (even for 5yo) if you have a lot of suncover and water.
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