Are you ready to ditch the fast-paced nature of the big city and book a vacation by yourself or with the family to explore the great outdoors? While there are plenty of options for camping and other outdoor activities near you, let me suggest hitting the road and heading to Utah. Utah is one of my favorite places in the United States. What’s in Utah, you may ask? Most may be familiar with Salt Lake City, but there is actually a wider variety of sights and attractions within the Beehive state to keep you and your family occupied.
Utah is also known for its various national parks, ski resorts, and many scenic drives. Even if you’re not the outdoorsy type, there are plenty of other sights and entertainment attractions that will tickle your fancy. No matter what time of year you visit, there is plenty to see and do in this gorgeous state.
To help get your Utah vacation started, here are ten must-see sights and locations that will have you booking your western visit ASAP!
Ten Reasons To Visit Utah
1. Zion National Park - The park’s rose-colored cliffs and flowing waterfalls are just the beginning of this beautiful national park. Take a moment to see yourself for who you really are and what you want to become by taking a moment at the many reflective pools. This park is extremely crowded in the summer so you might want to consider visiting in the spring or fall.
2. Lake Powell - This prominent lake is something straight out of the movies. The lake is located along the Utah-Arizona border. It is a picturesque water reservoir that is also the perfect destination to rent a houseboat or simply set up camp and sleep under the stars.
3. Temple Square - Temple Square is the must-see place to discover Gothic architecture that is perfect for taking in the nightlife of Salt Lake City. At the heart of the square is the Mormon Temple, which is the largest Latter-Day Saints temple in the world.
4. Bryce Canyon National Park - The towering formations of vertical rock, known as hoodoos, will serve as the perfect backdrop for a family portrait.
5. Monument Valley - In the heart of Navajo land, this desert-lined valley is your go-to place to explore the red mesas and stone pinnacles. You can also travel the 17-mile valley drive, which is a one-way dirt road running between the dramatic landscape.
6. Capital Reef National Park - This towering pillar of sandstone is the epicenter of Utah’s unique landscapes. Standing high above the Fremont River, While the breathtaking arches, gorges, and spires may be enough for some visitors, there are also a variety of hiking trails that make for the perfect afternoon activity. This park is less visited than more famous parks like Zion and Bryce making it a quieter experience.
7. Dinosaur National Monument - Is there a dinosaur enthusiast in your house? If so, they’ll definitely want to check out this monument, which highlights various Jurassic period fossils as well as masterful reconstructions.
8. Canyonlands National Park - A park highlight is the Island in the Sky, an aerial viewpoint where you can take in Utah’s own equivalent of the Grand Canyon.
9. Park City - This small-town locale offers all the diversity and variety you can ask for. Located just a half hour’s drive from Salt Lake City, you can enjoy the historical elements or the outdoor enthusiast attractions that have tourists coming from far and wide. Park City is home to the Sundance Film Festival and is also considered the world’s best mountain biking destination.
10. Arches National Park - Devil’s Garden is a tourist favorite in yet another of Utah’s gorgeous national parks. Another photo-ready moment is the more than 2,000 natural arches that decorate the park.
With most of your itinerary set, what’s stopping you from booking your trip to Utah today? Contact me today and find out how you can spend your vacation days the pioneer way!