1. Zion National Park
2. Arches National Park & Moab
3. Bryce Canyon National Park
4. Canyonlands National Park
5. Salt Lake City
Grand Staircase-Escalante & Glen Canyon
This magnificent mountain range is one of the most discussed and revered throughout Utah. There is no doubt you’ve seen pictures. Grand Escalante National Staircase is a huge landscape and a beautiful scenic drive. I’ve only driven through it, but there is hiking, camping, and fishing available. Glen Canyon Recreational Area is another beautiful area with land and water activities, including boating.
Capitol Reef National Park
The last of the mighty five parks in Utah, Capitol Reef is mostly a drive through park. There are areas for picnicking and remnants of Native American history. You can easily drive through in an afternoon with a couple places to hop out and walk around. It’s a good overnight stop if continuing farther south (or north) into Utah. There is limited camping available, but you can stay on public land at Mile Marker 73. For directions, ask at the visitor center. Public land is free, but there are no amenities (i.e. water, bathrooms). There will likely be other folks around in RVs or tents.
Bonneville Salt Flats
Just across the Nevada border, these salt flats used to be a raceway for setting speed records. From the road it looks like a blanket of snow. Neat stop along your route to Salt Lake City.