How to Plan the Best Trip from Salt Lake City to Newport Beach

Ready to swap in the mountains for the beach? If you’re a Salt Lake City resident who’s ready for some much-needed saltwater therapy, head to Newport Beach! Our city on the Southern California coast is home to 10 miles of beautiful shoreline. It’s the best beach destination on the West Coast, and, luckily, it’s easy for Salt Lake City residents to travel here. Read on to learn more about what to pack, travel methods, where to stay in Newport Beach, and more! 

When you’re ready to start planning your trip from Salt Lake City to Newport Beach, request our free Newport Beach Vacation Guide. This planning tool is filled with local recommendations on what to do during your trip to our area! 

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5 Tips for Traveling from Salt City to Newport Beach 

1. What to Pack 

When you’re used to living in the mountains, it can be difficult to remember everything you need to bring to the beach. Before you begin packing, check out our list of the top five items people forget to pack for their beach vacation! 

2. Plan a Road Trip 

The drive from Salt Lake City to Newport Beach takes just more than 10 hours, or a driving distance of 695 miles. While 10 hours is a long commute for most, it’s worth the drive if you plan to stay a week or longer. Also, planning a road trip can save you money depending on the cost of airline ticket prices vs. gas prices. 

3. Book a Flight 

If you want to cut down on travel time, then flying is your best option. John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana is the closest international airport to Newport Beach. The flight from Salt Lake City, UT, to Newport Beach, CA, is about 1.5 hours. Santa Ana is only 11 miles from Newport Beach, so it’s easy to drive your rental car into town or take advantage of a ride-share service! 

4. Things to Do 

What brings you to Newport Beach? Whether you’re planning an anniversary trip, bachelorette party, or anything in-between, you can find things to do for any Orange County getaway. Don’t forget to reference our Vacation Guide for more ideas on what to do during your trip! 

5. Stay With Burr White Realty 


Now that you know what to pack, how to get here, and what to add to your itinerary, it’s time to find a place to stay. If you’re searching for a Newport Beach vacation rental that meets your style and budget, look no further than Burr White Realty! We offer more than 100 vacation rentals across Newport Beach, each equipped with spacious living areas, comfortable furniture, and added extras, such as oceanfront views and outdoor patios, to make your stay as pleasant as possible! 

Browse a full inventory of our rentals to start planning your trip from Salt Lake City to Newport Beach!