Your day trip from Salt Lake City starts with hotel pickup by minivan for the approximate 300-mile (480-km) drive south to Zion National Park, which became a national park in 1919. When you arrive, visit the Human History Museum with your guide to learn about the natural and cultural history of this region, dating back 12,000 years.
As you enjoy the drive through some of the park’s 146,597 acres (59,326 hectares), admire the red and white sandstone cliffs, and check out the Temple of Sinawava, a natural arena home to two stone pillars known as the ‘altar’ and the ‘pulpit.’ Then hike up to Weeping Rock for a view of a waterfall flowing into the ravine.
Head to a local café for lunch before the drive to Bryce Canyon National Park, considered small by national park standards with its 35,853 acres (14,502 acres). Take in the landscape of rock pillars known as ‘hoodoos’ and other interesting geology, formed by many years of rainwater and erosion. Enjoy photo ops of Fairyland Point, and take in the otherworldly scenery before ending your day trip with the drive back to Salt Lake City.