In a state as naturally beautiful as Utah, a staycation or road trip is a very desirable alternative to an out-of-state vacation. Especially now that school is back in session and many are looking for quick, easy getaways.
There are countless places to see and things to do that are exceptionally unique to Utah, many of which are considered national treasures. There is something for everyone here, from the solo, rugged traveler to the family looking for a relaxing escape; this state has a destination for us all.
Here are a few of Utah’s top destinations. You’ve likely visited some – or all – of these places. But it’s always nice to have a refresher of what lies just outside our doors.
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City is one of the most visited places in all of Utah, offering a vacation of a lifetime. The city sits in a valley beneath the Wasatch Mountains, providing an incredible backdrop and a variety of recreational activities. In the winter, piles of snow are ready to be skied, and in the summer, hiking and mountain biking are plentiful and popular. In addition, make sure to explore the city’s gardens and zoos or visit the Olympics venue and Natural History Museum. This city is an ideal location for your next vacation.
Park City is home to three impressive resorts, Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort and Canyons, not to mention some of the best skiing in the country. Whether you are a beginner or advanced skier, Park City slopes can accommodate every level. In addition to its world-class skiing, Park City Main Street boasts first-class restaurants, shopping, arts and entertainment and the best music venues around. Park City is truly a year-round vacation destination.
Need some rest and relaxation? Spend a weekend at Lake Powell to unwind and recharge.
Lake Powell is the second largest reservoir in North America at almost 200 miles long with nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline. It is one of the world’s greatest places for house boating, with its cool, blue water, sandy beaches and red rock landscapes. Boaters, skiers, kayakers, fishers and even scuba divers flock to this water escape each year.
Bryce Canyon is one of the most majestic sights in all of Utah, featuring delicately carved spires that rise in vibrant colors from the bottom of the canyon. These natural wonders are products of millions of years of wind, water, erosion and geologic chaos, shaping the pink cliffs at the canyon. Ruby’s Inn is Bryce Canyon’s landmark lodge, which is the perfect place to base your exploration. There is plenty to do in the canyon, including hiking, camping, fishing, biking and horseback riding, making this a perfect destination for a great vacation.
Zion National Park
Zion is Utah’s oldest national park, designated in 1919. The park is known for its exceptional beauty, deep canyons, spectacular views and famous hikes that include The Narrows, Subway and Angels Landing. The park attracts travelers from all over the world and welcomes over three millions visitors a year. There is plenty lodging and camping available in and near the canyon. Come visit Zion and take part in the many activities it has to offer, including off-roading, canyoneering, exploring and plenty of world-class hiking.