My family has been to all 50 states. Periodically, someone will ask us what our favorite state is. My son and husband will both tell you that their favorite state is Utah. Utah is also one of the most requested destinations by my clients.
What’s in Utah, you may ask? Some of the prettiest scenery in the United States!
Utah is known for its various national parks, ski resorts, and many scenic drives. It is one of the best destinations for exploring the great outdoors.
To help inspire your Utah vacation, here are ten must-see sights and locations.
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.
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 take a sightseeing cruise.
3. Temple Square
Temple Square is the must-see place to discover Gothic architecture. At the heart of the square is the Mormon Temple, which is the largest latter-day Saints temple in the world. And the landscaping is just lovely.
4. Bryce Canyon National Park
The towering formations of vertical rock, known as hoodoos, will serve as the perfect backdrop for a family portrait. It is absolutely stunning.
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. Capitol Reef National Park
This towering pillar of sandstone is the epicenter of Utah’s unique landscapes. 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.
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
Delicate Arch is the iconic arch usually associated with Arches National Park (and it’s the one pictured below). Another tourist favorite is Devil’s Garden. More than 2,000 natural arches decorate this scenic park.
Utah is stunning, right? With so many attractions, you could take multiple trips and not see the same thing twice. Even if you’ve been to Utah before, you might consider another trip to visit a different area.
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