Utah is one of America’s most beloved states. A year-round destination this red rocked mecca has something for everyone. If you are needing a place to get away from it all and recharge you can find plenty of amazing cabins in Utah to rent, great food and an easy going and laid back culture.
One of the things that make Utah so appealing to so many types of travelers is it is a true year-round destination. From world-class skiing, culinary establishments, cute towns and amazing mountains, there is something here for everyone.
Whether you are looking for a family getaway, traveling as a group of friends or planning a unique escape for you and special someone, here are a few guidelines to get you started.
Find an Amazing Place to Stay
There are no shortages of places to stay in Utah. From a bare dirt patch in the national forest, budget digs to luxury five-star resorts; there is a wide range of accommodation options. If you are looking for the ultimate recharge, Utah is a great place to find some stellar places to have a staycation. There are some deals to be found in renting some exceptionally nice places and enjoying a few extra indulgences for your stay. Think of hot tubs overlooking white-capped mountains or making an amazing meal with a fully equipped state of the art kitchen. Many people are pleasantly surprised that if they are traveling as a group or family, splitting the cost of renting a bigger cabin or house can be pleasantly affordable. If you are traveling with your special someone, it can be a great chance to splurge a little on a great place to stay.
Visit Park City
Forbes Traveler Magazine named Park City one of twenty “prettiest towns in the United States” in 2008. Home to the United States largest independent film festival, The Sundance Film Festival is world renowned. Park City is home to the United States Ski Team, the training center for members of the Australian Freestyle Ski Team, has the largest collection of factory outlet stores in northern Utah, was the setting for scenes filmed in Dumb and Dumber and is an easy 45 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport. Parents say that when they bring their children here the words, “I’m bored” leave their vocabulary. If you can at all swing it into your itinerary, plan to spend some time in Park City.
Go on an Adventure
Whatever your taste of adventure might be Utah has plenty of experiences to be had. Utah is home to a collection of world famous national parks which have become known as The Mighty Five. If you’re looking to dig your toes into the sandy red rocks, here is a quick break down of The Mighty Five:
Arches National Park: Located north of Moab, this park has over 2000 natural sandstone arches. The massive red hued Delicate Arch is the one you may have already seen on plenty of postcards and posters.
Capitol Reef National Park: Franklin D Roosevelt designated this area as a National Monument back in 1937. This area is known for having colorful canyons, buttes, monoliths, petroglyphs, ridges and the Capitol Dome formation.
Bryce National Park: Despite the name of this park, Bryce Canyon is not actually a canyon but a collection of giant national amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. This park is famous for its distinct geologic features called hoodoos.
Zion National Park: Zion is home to a wide variety of plant and animal diversity. With at least 289 bird species and 75 mammal species, this is a great park for early morning or late evening strolls. For those that don’t mind heights, the heart pumping hike to Angels Landing along a ridge is sure to make a memorable impression on anyone.
Canyonlands National Park: This park will have you feeling like you are taking a walk on the wild side. With deep canyons, cliffs, spires, pinnacles and towering mesas, you can really dive into this parks remote beauty. The Needles areas offer spectacular hiking and make sure you stop by the Visitor Center at Island in the Sky.
Enjoy a Resort Activity
Sometimes it’s nice to enjoy some structured activities. In the winter it’s no secret that Utah has top-notch skiing and its tagline is, “the best snow on earth.” But even if you are not into skiing, many resorts offer different activities like bird watching via snowshoeing, art classes, jewelry making, yoga and other events for all different types of interests. In the summertime many of the resorts turn into playgrounds for both adults and kids. You can go zip lining, horseback riding, go on ATV tours, hike or simply enjoy a day at the spa. So check what’s around you and choose one or two special activities to do.
Indulge in Great Dining
Although it may be a bit under the radar at times, make no mistake Utah has some amazing culinary options to delight. Farm fresh dining has been growing a steady momentum over the past few years. Utah is also making its mark in the craft brew scene and offering more casual yet excellent pub fare too.
As you are planning your next awesome vacation, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Utah. The only thing that might be lacking is enough time to take in all the wonders of this red canyon state. Many a visitor has remarked that their first trip to Utah simply began one of much more to come. Enjoy!