One Epic Week in Utah with Kids

This past Thanksgiving we spent a week in Utah. It was a wonderful getaway after our busiest time of the year. We started in Salt Lake City then spent some time in Moab. Many people say Thanksgiving can be different every year in SLC. This year is was extremely cold and snowy. We were super excited since we never get snow here in Louisiana. We stayed in Airbnbs in both stops. We also traveled with another family for this trip. There were 2 toddlers and a 6 year old on the trip.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

  • Sledding in Liberty Park
  • Park City
  • Utah Utes football game

Day 4

  • 4 hour drive to Moab
  • Dead Horse Point State Park
  • Canoynlands National Park
  • Airbnb

Day 5

  • Arches National Park
    • The Windows Section
    • Delicate Arch Hike

Day 6

  • 4 hour drive back to SLC
  • Fly Home

Day 1

We flew on Thanksgiving day. For New Orleans locals, the new New Orleans airport is amazing. TIP: You can park for half price at the old airport and take a shuttle to new one. It was a very easy process. You can also check all your bags at the parking garage to save you a ton of time when you get to the airport. We loved this! The airport now has great restaurants including one of my favorite in the city, MoPho. We landed that evening in Salt Lake City and took an Uber to our Airbnb. The only place open was a very overpriced pizza place so this was our Thanksgiving dinner this year. 🙂

Utah State Capitol

Day 2

It was extremely snowy this day. We stopped by the Utah State Capitol. It is up on a hill with beautiful views. We stopped by City Creek Center for a little black Friday shopping. This shopping area was super nice. It had all the stores I usually online shop from. We don’t usually shop on our trips but we did not want to go very far this day because of the weather. Close the the shopping area was a restaurant called Pretty Bird. Super small shop with amazing friend chicken. Both the sandwich and the piece of chicken were amazing. Definitely a must eat. After we found a cute coffee shop called Blue Copper Coffee Room. We drove around to some breweries to pick up beer for that afternoon. None of the breweries in Utah were our favorites, but good enough for a snowy afternoon at the Airbnb. That night was a Christmas lighting at the LDS Temple. The lights were beautiful and a fun stop. We ate dinner at Spitz. This was a super cool Mediterranean restaurant that had great food and blared 90s rap. The street cart fries and doquitos were amazing.

Park City, UT

Day 3

We spent the morning sledding at Liberty Park. Later we drove about 40 minutes to Park City to visit the cute mountain town. We had lunch in Park City then headed back to SLC for the Utah Utes game. My husband coached one of the players so we were super excited to watch him play again. We even go to see him score a touchdown. Do Devin! Go Utes! Definitely dress warm for this stadium. It is an outdoor stadium and we were standing on ice the whole game.

Canyonlands National Park

Day 4

We woke up early and headed to Moab. It was about a 4 hour drive. The drive was beautiful. We stopped at Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park on our way in. It $20 to get into the state park and we bought an new annual pass for $80 to get into Canyonlands. This pass will get you into any National Park for 1 year. Most parks are around $25-$30 each so this is a great deal if you plan to visit a few in a year. Both Places have amazing views. We only went on one hike in Canyonlands. While walking along grand point view hike one of the toddlers took a tumble into cold water so we headed to the Airbnb after that. 🙂 Our Airbnb was amazing. It was super clean, easily fit 2 families and had great views. We grocery shopped and cooked our 2 nights in Moab.

Dead Horse Point State Park

Day 5

Arches national Park is a must see. We spend the morning here. We hiked to The Windows Section at the beginning of the park. Very easy and short walk to 2 arches. That afternoon we hiked to Delicate Arch. This hike is uphill but very short. It is only about 1 1/2 miles each way. It took us about 30 minutes each way with 2 toddlers. We actually wheeled them up in umbrella strollers because most of the path is a flat uphill trail. Delicate Arch is 100% worth the hike. We spent that evening cooking and enjoying our Airbnb.

Delicate Arch

Day 6

We drove 4 hours back to SLC and flew home that evening.

The Windows Section-Arches National Park

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