Classic Westerns of the Silver Screen
When you picture the American West, chances are you are picturing Utah. From the alpine backwoods of Jeremiah Johnson to the sweeping vistas of Westworld and all the John Ford's in between, Utah is the place to travel for movie magic.
Start: Salt Lake City
Finish: Las Vegas or Salt Lake City
Hours of driving: 16–19+ depending on an option to extend to Zion National Park and your return destination.
You've seen this before. Those monoliths, like two mittens rising from the desert floor. That arch. Those sheer canyon walls. John Wayne has roamed these lands in search of revenge. Westworld's The Man in Black is searching for ... well, something else. And when Paul Newman and Robert Redford's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid take off running, that's also Utah. When you picture the American West, chances are you are picturing Utah. From the alpine backwoods of Jeremiah Johnson to the sweeping vistas of Westworld and all the John Ford's in between, Utah is the place to travel for movie magic.
You could pick any corner of Utah and settle in for several days checking hot Hollywood destinations off your checklist, but for fans of the Western, your trip really begins — after a pitstop at Sundance Mountain Resort (founded by Redford) — in scenic, iconic Southern Utah. You'll explore the slickrock landscapes of the Moab area and wander through among the towering sandstone rock formations and high-country desert of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.
Moving west, the plot thickens in one of the most-loved locations, "Little Hollywood," in Kanab and wraps up in the setting of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." And while the films are the focal point of your tour, you'll be encountering some of America's most scenic parks and monuments of some of Utah's best state parks — this is listed as a six-day itinerary, but gift yourself extra days to fully enjoy it all.
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