Due to last week's request by Hawaii's governor for tourists to not travel to Hawaii through October, we have pivoted to Utah to celebrate my husband's 74th birthday. I usually like to plan well in advance, but, now am scrambling to get everything set up for this new trip--a lot of places are booked up or are very expensive. Clean and quiet are priorities for accommodations. Not interested in camping.
Arriving in Salt Lake City on SW on September 30 and departing on October 10. Trying to use our Hyatt points and globalist status to bring down the overall cost of this trip (rescheduled our Maui trip to March 2022). We enjoy nature, birdwatching, local food. Prefer to avoid crowds. This is what we have so far, would love your suggestions for scenic drives, short hikes, and places to stop for picnics or for outdoor dining.
October 2 - Arches National Park, Hyatt Place Moab
October 5 -Teach class virtually 9-10:15 am Utah time, Bryce Canyon National Park (15 min drive), Dark Ranger Telescope Tour – 8 pm (16 min drive), Airbnb in Tropic
October 7 - Teach class virtually 9-10:15 am Utah time while hubbie does 2 hour hike on Sandstone Trails in Snow Canyon State Park from 8-10 am (Airbnb Experience), Zion National Park (53 min each way), Hyatt Place St George/Convention Center
October 8 - Zion National Park (53 min each way) , 5:30 pm reservation at Cliffside Restaurant (7 min drive, sunset is at 707 pm)? Hyatt Place St George/Convention Center
October 10 - Drive back to airport, return car, and depart at 2:05 pm