Draft: Places To Go

Utah is made up of vibrant and historic cities and towns, all surrounded by natural beauty. These natural landscapes are designated as national parks, national monuments, national forests, state parks and millions of additional acres of open spaces with no official designation save for "Utah."

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Utah: By Region

Northern Utah

This is our mountainous land, and our mountains are the Wasatch Range. It is sewn in the fertile soils and planted with the orchards. The First Transcontinental Railroad met here. And speaking of travelers of a different kind, millions of migrating birds, the phases of the moon and the wilder things are all tucked away at high elevations. The cities are base camps. 

Bear Lake State Park 
Golden Spike National Historic Site
Antelope Island State Park
West Desert
Dinosaur National Monument

City Base Camps: Garden City, Logan

Wasatch Front

It’s here that the desert basin ends and the mountains begin. Here, that the artists, dancers, musicians and chefs draw inspiration from the drama of the surrounding landscape. The Rocky Mountains frame the Wasatch Front with a 6,000-foot wall of granite and limestone: bedrock that gave rise to Salt Lake’s historic architecture. Travel freely between city and summit.

Historic 25th Street
Soldier Hollow
Temple Square
Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Utah Olympic Park
Wasatch Mountains Ski Areas

Major Cities: Salt Lake CityPark CityOgden, Provo

Southwestern Utah

In Utah's desert southwest, ecosystems collide and give rise to ecologies that haunt the imagination. Mythology is born in these rocks and breathes whimsy into already supernatural geology: monoliths, hoodoos, slots, dunes and cones. You are a living thing with an awareness heightened by the sheer sublimity of this place. You reach for physical heights only to peer into the spaces where time writes its stories. You feel yourself becoming part of a longer story, told by Father Time.

Bryce Canyon National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument
Snow Canyon State Park
Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum
Zion National Park

City Base Camps:
Brian Head, Cedar City, St. George, Kanab

Southeastern Utah

The landscape unfolds as you move across its slickrock landscapes. When you walk, you feel the sandstone layers beneath your feet. When you drive, you flow over plateaus and memories start to collect at the foot of wild geology. Stories build on the heels of fellow travelers and in the footsteps of explorers and the land's first cultures now all but lost to time.

Arches National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Calf Creek Recreation Area
Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry
Goblin Valley State Park
Goosenecks State Park
Hovenweep National Monument
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Natural Bridges National Monument

City Base Camps:
Green River, Moab, Torrey, Boulder, Blanding, Bluff

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Need inspiration?

Many visitors begin by looking for a place to take a vacation. But why stop there? Why not ask for more?

How about a place to take your breath away? A place to feel the rush of icy whitewater cascading over the boat’s bow or a place to tap in to the rhythms of nature? Maybe a place to reconnect over good food, drinks and casual laughter, a place to imagine the past or marvel at the vastness of the night sky? Utah is full of places to find adventure, to make stories you’ll remember forever and tell your grandkids about. Repeatedly.

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Searching for solitude? In this two-day itinerary, find unspoiled wilderness, hidden trails, open spaces and perfect peace. It's a great escape from the hustle and bustle.
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • Dixie National Forest
  • Dark Skies Bryce Canyon
  • Capitol Reef National Park
Salt Lake City isn't your regular ski town. It's the only Ski City. Big city amenities support 10 different resorts within an hour of SLC International, which means the best in downhill meets the best in downtown.
  • Craft coffee, dining and spirits
  • Alta Ski Area or Snowbird Ski Resort
  • Solitude Mountain Resort or Brighton Ski Resort
  • Performing arts, après-ski and live music
Only three days in Southeastern Utah? Go see the giants. With world-famous landmarks and bike trails, picture perfect viewpoints and thrilling excursions, you’ll wish you had more time.
  • Arches National Park
  • Dead Horse Point State Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Moab