Sunset at Balanced Rock in Arches National Park
Five must-see national parks in one state
Northern Utah: ‘Peak’ Your Curiosity
A road trip in Northern Utah might include motoring up Logan Canyon – loaded with high alpine scenery, campsites, and hiking and biking trails – to Bear Lake for boating and summer festivals, and to Ogden's Union Station for a visit to its own railroad museum. On the way south through Davis County, look west and you can't miss the Great Salt Lake, and you'll want to check it out via Antelope Island State Park.
Of course, you're never far from Wasatch Mountains where you can ski, snowboard, hike, bike and camp to our hearts' delight. In Northeastern Utah, the High Uintas Wilderness invites exploration on horseback or with backpacks and fishing rods, or you can sneak a peek at Utah's Dinosaur past at sites near Vernal.
Maybe you'll just want to spend your time in the Salt Lake Valley, our largest metropolitan area. Here, you'll find Temple Square and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah Symphony and Opera, plus world-class ballet, theaters, events, museums, professional sports, dining, shopping and nightlife. Park City, a resort town that famously hosts the Sundance Film Festival every January and is home to three world-class resorts, is about a half hour to the east of Salt Lake.
Central Utah: The Exhilaration of Life!
Central Utah, a transitional stretch of land between the alpine forests of the north and the red rock canyons of the south, is a vast expanse of mountain, plateau and high desert, and ideal for the traveler in search of true solitude. It is an area rich in natural resources: from vast coalfields, to hunting and fishing meccas, to rich farmlands and mystical deserts. One of Central Utah's best historic and cultural attractions in is Heritage Highway 89. South of Price, the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry has the densest concentration of Jurassic-era dinosaur bones on the planet. From there, it's an easy jaunt to the San Rafael Swell. While "The Swell" may not be a national park, it boasts remote canyons and awesome views that rival those found anywhere in the state.
Southern Utah: Inspiring, Spectacular and Unlike Any Other Place in the World
Southern Utah is a land of unsurpassed, surprising beauty, characterized by contrasting landscapes of snow-capped mountains; towering fins of orange sandstone cut by erosion into bridges, arches and strange "hoodoos" of sculpted red rock; dramatic faults where the earth twists; and gentle, rolling hummocks of "slickrock." You'll want to plan some extra time in this place. To be precise: Top 10 Bucket List Destinations and fulfilling life lists can be built around Southern Utah alone.