Utah

Home to stunning dark skies and the 'Mighty 5' National Parks

the Beehive state

The ultimate destination for adventure, exploration and unforgettable nights. 
Nestled in the heart of the American West, Utah boasts a diverse landscape of towering red rock formations, pristine alpine forests, and sparkling lakes. Start your adventure in Salt Lake City, the state's vibrant capital, where you can visit iconic attractions like Temple Square, home to the stunning Salt Lake Temple, and explore the city's dynamic dining, arts, and cultural scene.

Beyond the city limits lie Utah's renowned National Parks, collectively known as the 'Mighty 5'. Begin your journey in Moab, where Arches National Park boasts over 2,000 natural sandstone arches and striking geological formations like Delicate Arch. Nearby Canyonlands National Park offers rugged canyons and mesas carved by the Colorado River.

Capitol Reef National Park's colourful cliffs and domes reveal millions of years of geological history, including the fascinating Waterpocket Fold. Zion National Park then beckons with its towering red cliffs and world-renowned hiking trails like Angel's Landing and The Narrows. Conclude your park-hopping adventure at Bryce Canyon, famed for its intricate hoodoos and captivating amphitheaters, particularly enchanting at sunrise and sunset.

But Utah offers more than just its Mighty 5. It boasts the highest number of dark sky parks globally, making it a haven for stargazers. Additionally, history buffs can visit sites like the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail and the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum.

Whether you're craving outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or stargazing under the vast Utah sky, the Beehive State promises a wealth of unforgettable experiences.
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Things to see & do

Browse through our recommended selection of things to see and do in Utah. Many of these are included in our suggested itineraries, however, if there is
anything you see that particularly takes your interest, please let us know and we will include it in your holiday package or put you in touch with the right people.

Antelope Island

Moab, Utah

Antelope Island in Utah offers diverse outdoor adventures. Hike trails that wind through striking landscapes, revealing captivating vistas of the Great Salt Lake and its surroundings. Biking offers a chance to explore the island's beauty while horseback riding adds a touch of nostalgia to the experience. Encounter roaming bison and other wildlife as you immerse yourself in the island's unique ecosystem. It's an opportunity to connect with nature's wonders in a memorable way.

Temple Square

Salt Lake City, Utah

Temple Square, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a historic and religious hub. Home to the iconic Salt Lake Temple and other significant buildings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it offers a serene oasis in the heart of the city. Visitors can explore beautiful gardens, learn about Mormon history at the Visitor Centre, and enjoy live performances at the Tabernacle. It's a cultural and spiritual landmark that welcomes people of all backgrounds.

Bonneville Salt Flats

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

The Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, Utah, is a surreal natural wonder. Its vast expanse of white salt crust creates a unique and otherworldly landscape. Famous for hosting land speed racing events, it's a hotspot for automotive enthusiasts aiming to break land speed records. The flats offer stunning views and an almost alien-like environment that's both captivating and photogenic, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking an extraordinary experience.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Known for its iconic orange-red rock formations, called hoodoos, that create a mesmerising amphitheater-like landscape. Hiking trails offer breathtaking vistas of the ever-changing colours during sunrise and sunset. The park's natural beauty, paired with its stargazing opportunities, make it an unforgettable destination. Explore its unique rock formations, discover the rich diversity of plant and animal life, and immerse yourself in the wonders of erosion and time.

Four Corners Monument

Bluff, Utah

Unique geographical point where the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah converge. This allows you to stand in all four states simultaneously, making for a memorable photo opportunity. Explore Native American culture and crafts at the surrounding vendor stalls and learn about the history and significance of the area. It's a fascinating stopover that offers a chance to experience a one-of-a-kind intersection of states and cultures.

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands, Utah

Canyonlands is a rugged and expansive landscape sculpted by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Divided into four districts, it offers diverse terrain, from the dramatic Island in the Sky mesa to the remote Maze district. The park's striking canyons, mesas, arches, and buttes reveal a geological story millions of years in the making. It's a haven for adventurers seeking solitude, breathtaking vistas, and a deep connection to the natural world.

Pioneer Trails State Park

Salt Lake City, Utah

The Pioneer Trails in Utah are a testament to the courage and resilience of the early settlers who ventured westward in search of new opportunities. These historic routes, including the Mormon Pioneer Trail and the Oregon Trail, wind through Utah's rugged terrain, passing by landmarks like Devil's Gate and Fort Bridger. Traversing vast prairies, towering mountains, and arid deserts, these trails offer a glimpse into the challenges and triumphs of those who shaped the American West.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park, Utah

Arches National Park boasts a surreal realm of over 2,000 natural stone arches, along with an array of unique rock formations and balanced rocks. Its iconic Delicate Arch symbolises the park's beauty. The fiery-hued landscape and stunning vistas provide a backdrop for various hiking trails, revealing the forces of nature that have shaped these sandstone wonders. It's a place of captivating beauty and geologic marvels that inspire awe and wonder.

Go Bobsledding at Utah Olympic Park

Olympic Park, Utah

Experience the thrill of bobsledding at Utah Olympic Park. Built for the 2002 Winter Olympics, the park offers the unique opportunity to ride a bobsled down the actual Olympic track. Guided by a professional pilot, you'll reach speeds of more than 80 kmph and feel the G-forces firsthand. It's an adrenaline-pumping adventure that allows you a small glimpse into the excitement of Olympic-level competition.

Dinosaur National Monument

Jensen, Utah

A prehistoric treasure trove and home to an incredible collection of fossilised dinosaur remains, the site allows visitors to witness ancient creatures in their natural habitat. The Quarry Exhibit Hall offers an up-close view of well-preserved dinosaur bones embedded in rock walls. Beyond fossils, the monument boasts stunning canyons carved by the Green and Yampa Rivers, offering opportunities for outdoor adventures and a glimpse into the Earth's ancient past.

Dead Horse Point

Dead Horse Point, Utah

Perched above the Colorado River, Dead Horse Point in Utah provides a panoramic spectacle of the deep canyon and meandering river below. The viewpoint offers a breathtaking vantage of the sheer red rock walls and dramatic desert landscape. The legend behind its name adds intrigue to the experience. As the sun paints the canyons with hues of orange and red, visitors witness the raw beauty that makes this spot a must-see destination in Utah.

Tubing at Soldier Hollow

Soldier Hollow Resort, Utah

Experience the thrill of snow tubing at one of Utah's exhilarating snow tubing hills. These winter wonderlands offer fun for the whole family, with exhilarating rides down groomed lanes. Visitors can zoom down the slopes on inflatable tubes, feeling the rush of speed and the crisp mountain air. Whether enjoying a solo ride or racing friends and family, snow tubing hills in Utah provide unforgettable winter adventures and memories to cherish for years to come.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park is a stunning sanctuary of towering red rock canyons, lush green valleys, and the Virgin River's serenity. Renowned for its dramatic hikes like Angel's Landing and The Narrows, it offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor adventure. With its diverse ecosystems, captivating geological formations, and a vibrant display of colors, the park showcases nature's beauty at its finest, drawing hikers, climbers, and nature enthusiasts from around the world.

Experience Live sport

Salt Lake City, Utah

Catch the adrenaline, the cheers, and the thrill of a live game - because experiencing sports the American way is an absolute must! Salt Lake City is home to the Utah Jazz NBA team and Real Salt Lake FC. Chat with Travel USA to score your tickets and we'll look to lock in your seats before you even pack your bags!

Frontier Homestead State Park Museum

Cedar City, Utah

Take a captivating journey into the region's pioneer history. Housed in a historic pioneer-era building, the museum showcases artifacts, exhibits, and interactive displays that highlight the challenges and triumphs of early settlers. Visitors can explore pioneer life and discover the importance of iron mining and blacksmithing in the area, gaining insight into the resilience and ingenuity of those who shaped Utah's frontier.

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Brian Head, Utah

A breathtaking natural amphitheater characterised by vibrant red rock formations and intricate hoodoos. Standing at over 10,000 feet elevation, this geological wonder offers stunning panoramic views, unique plant life, and seasonal activities like hiking and snowshoeing. A hidden gem for nature enthusiasts, it showcases the beauty of erosion and geological processes over millions of years.

Park City Mountain Ski Resort

Park City, Utah

A premier winter destination, renowned for its world-class skiing and snowboarding opportunities, and offering a diverse range of slopes suitable for all skill levels. The charming mountain town of Park City provides a vibrant après-ski scene with restaurants, shops, and galleries. During the summer, the resort transforms into a hub for hiking, mountain biking, and outdoor concerts, making it a year-round haven for outdoor enthusiasts.

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Capitol Reef showcases a hidden treasure of colourful cliffs, canyons, domes, and monoliths. Waterpocket Fold, a nearly 160-limoeter-long warp in the Earth's crust, is a geological marvel. This park offers a unique blend of stunning landscapes, historical sites, and outdoor recreation. From exploring Cathedral Valley's remote terrain to hiking through narrow canyons, it's a place where the past and present converge in a rugged and captivating wilderness.

Dinosaur Natural History Museum of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

A captivating insight into prehistoric life with an impressive collection of fossils, including complete dinosaur skeletons. Visitors can explore ancient ecosystems, learn about the science of paleontology, and participate in hands-on activities. With engaging displays and educational programs, the museum provides a fascinating journey through the Earth's distant past, making it a must-visit for dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages.

Hot air ballooning

Utah

Embark on a captivating adventure as you drift gracefully above stunning landscapes, from the colourful rock formations of Moab to the serene vistas of Park City. Experience the thrill of floating on gentle breezes while taking in panoramic views of Utah's natural wonders, including majestic mountains and sprawling deserts. Whether at sunrise or sunset, hot air ballooning offers a unique perspective and an unforgettable way to appreciate the beauty of the Beehive State from above.

Valley of the Gods

Mexican Hat, Utah

A hidden gem of red rock formations and towering sandstone monoliths, often referred to as a smaller version of nearby Monument Valley. This remote and rugged landscape offers stunning vistas, winding dirt roads, and opportunities for solitude and exploration. Hiking, photography, and camping are popular activities, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in nature at this captivating desert wilderness.

A serene trail meanders between towering sandstone cliffs, accented by the rich green of coniferous trees under a clear blue sky.

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