Utah boasts majestic sandstone hoodoos, breathtaking salt flats and more natural wonders than you can count. This state offers an inspiring landscape reminiscent of something out of a fairy tale.
Take a stroll through Fantasy Canyon for stunning sandstone rock formations that seem to droop down from the sky, and experience all that Western cuisine has to offer with a meal at Ruth’s Diner.
Explore National Parks
Utah boasts five national parks that provide outdoor adventure enthusiasts with endless outdoor exploration possibilities. Soaring sandstone arches, vast salt flats and red rock formations create natural playgrounds in each park – making these five national parks in Utah truly worth a visit.
Canyonlands National Park is a majestic and rugged wilderness that’s known for white water rafting, 4-wheel driving and mountain biking trails, as well as its iconic petroglyphs – as well as breathtaking vistas like Island in the Sky and Needles District.
Travelers looking to explore more of Arches National Park’s sandstone corridors and tunnels should follow the Arches Scenic Drive. This tour provides a quick snapshot of this scenic park with highlights like Balanced Rock and Windows Area as highlights. Arches can become quite crowded during its busy months so visitors are advised to arrive early or visit in off-season months in order to avoid crowds.
Snow Canyon State Park is often forgotten about when visiting Utah; visitors tend to focus solely on Zion National Park instead. This beautiful red rock park features a canyon carved out of Navajo sandstone, the extinct Santa Clara Volcano and fascinating lava tubes; hikers can explore Johnson Canyon Trail or Lava Tube Trail while cyclists can use the St George-to-Snow Canyon bike path through this gem of Utah!
Utah offers numerous relaxing hot springs like Deer Valley Hot Springs in Provo. Surrounded by aspen forests and featuring over 1,400 acres filled with lavender and other herbs, Deer Valley Hot Springs makes an excellent getaway.
Ski in Renowned Resorts
Utah is home to some world-class ski resorts, including Sundance – purchased by Robert Redford himself in 1969 as an unsung gem – that offer world-class skiing opportunities. Skiers enjoy powder-covered slopes and breathtaking mountain vistas from accommodations ranging from hotels to log cabins.
Arches National Park in Utah boasts breathtaking sandstone arches and towering hoodoos that stand out as some of its most incredible natural features. You can admire this incredible sight on an 18-mile scenic road which takes visitors past Balanced Rock and Windows area as well as providing magnificent sweeping views of snow-covered La Sal Mountains.
Northeast of Utah lies the Uinta Mountains, boasting peaks that reach nearly 11,000 feet – making them an ideal location for hiking, backpacking, ATV riding and off-roading adventures. Furthermore, their proximity to numerous lakes and ponds allows boating, fishing and camping to take place here as well.
The Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah are an exquisite hidden treasure, offering 46 square miles of crystalized salt in stark white hue. A popular attraction among photographers, hikers can also access Dinosaur National Monument for hiking opportunities and viewing petroglyphs within this scenic environment.
Ogden in northern Utah offers visitors both outdoor adventure and small-town charm, being nestled within the striking Wasatch Mountains. Near the Great Salt Lake is Ogden as well as easy access to several ski resorts like Snowbasin and Powder Mountain.
Visit Historical Sites
Utah is famous for its breathtaking national parks, where millions of people come every year to hike, climb, and simply enjoy nature’s splendor. Furthermore, Utah boasts an enticing past with many historic sites that will certainly capture people’s interest.
Arches National Park offers breathtaking sandstone arches and towering hoodoos, while Wolfe Ranch dates back to 1898 with its historic one-room cabin and outdoor bathhouse. Utah offers many historical sites worth seeing that showcase its rich culture from natural landscapes to Native American tribes.
Southwestern Utah’s Valley of the Gods near Hanksville features several mesas and rock formations that create beautiful scenery – often described as natural amphitheater. Another scenic location in Cedar Breaks National Monument, Canyon Rim Trail provides stunning views of canyon walls 2,000-foot drop.
Discovering Utah history can be done at the Chase Home Museum. Built by early Latter-Day Saint pioneer Isaac Chase and boasting one of the only state-owned collections of folk art in the nation. For a different experience in downtown Salt Lake City, Temple Square provides visitors an ideal space to view performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir or explore further away if interested.
Experience Local Culture and Cuisine
Utah offers breathtaking vistas, sandstone hoodoos, spectacular salt flats and the bustling city of Salt Lake City that offer plenty of cool things to do for all visitors. Hiking, climbing or just taking in the scenery are among the many exciting activities available here; visiting Utah will take you into another world!
Utah’s iconic pink sand dunes are Instagrammers’ paradise, while they also offer plenty of activities such as ATV riding, horseback riding and wildlife photography. Camp in the park to maximize your experience. Fall and spring are the best times to visit Utah’s pink sand dunes as the weather is cooler while flowers blooming abundantly.
If you love flowers, Thanksgiving Point’s annual Tulip Festival in early spring should be on your itinerary. With more than 280,000 bulbs of 150 varieties imported directly from Holland and available for viewing – not to mention one of Utah’s premier cultural experiences – it makes a memorable visit.
Foodies will enjoy exploring Utah for its delectable local cuisines and tasty specialities, especially during their vacation to Bear Lake Valley in July and August when fresh, succulent raspberries become available and can be used to create tasty milkshakes, jam and more!