Utah is one of the most fascinating U.S. states and continues to draw large numbers of travel enthusiasts, nomads, and conservationists who are interested in exploring what the state has to offer. From its majestic mountains and desert landscapes to its exciting attractions, anyone can find something fun to do in Utah. Here are five of the best reasons to explore Utah.
Utah is home to several world-class ski resorts that come alive each winter. The Park City Mountain Resort is situated in the Wasatch Mountains not too far from Salt Lake City and features ski runs for beginners and experts. Many avid skiers also flock to the Alta Ski Resort throughout the ski season. According to Utah.com, other popular resorts include Deer Valley, Sandy, and Powder Mountain.
Incredible National Parks
Some of the most unique and fascinating national parks can be found in Utah. Dramatic rock formations that have been formed by the hands of nature are omnipresent throughout Canyonlands National Park, whose map has been recently updated. Arches National Park is famous for its sandstone arches that create a unique landscape. Bryce Canyon National Park features countless numbers of the red rock pillars known as hoodoos.
The Great Salt Lake
As VisitSaltLake.com states, the Great Salt Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River and is a popular attraction in and of itself. When the weather is pleasant, many people enjoy going sailing on the lake, which also has its own marina. Antelope Island is the lake’s largest island and home to buffalo herds as well as trails for horseback riding and backcountry hiking.
Memorable Olympic Sites
Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002 and still maintains many of its Olympic sites. The cauldron that held the Olympic flame throughout the games stands majestically on the campus of the University of Utah. Just outside of Salt Lake City in Kearns is the Utah Olympic Oval, which was used for speedskating and is still open for public ice skating sessions. Park City has an Olympic training center that also includes a ski museum.
A Bit of Culture
Utah isn’t just known for its outdoor activities. Anyone who enjoys learning more about art and culture can see the pieces displayed inside museums like the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and Bountiful Davis Art Center. To learn more about the state’s history, visitors can spend an afternoon touring the American Fork DUP Museum, or the Natural History Museum of Utah. The Sundance Film Festival takes place each winter in Park City and showcases some of the finest cinematic works. Don’t forget the world-famous Shakespeare Festival that takes place in Cedar City, Utah every summer!
Whether you’ll be staying at the resorts, or doing some good old-fashioned camping is up to you - there are certainly some options. An active vacation in Utah might just be what you need to gain some appreciation for the natural rugged landscape of the U.S., and can very well be an excellent opportunity to wander and find yourself a bit.