Red Rock Romance
The desert is intensely romantic. Beyond the sunsets and starlight, you’ll find relaxing spas and wine tasting, inspiring hikes and views, and so much divine dining.
If you’ve ever seen the last few rosy rays of sunshine that give way to unfettered starlight, you’ll understand why the Utah desert is the perfect place for romance. If you haven’t, just trust us. The vast expanses of Bryce Canyon National Park, the epic canyons of Zion National Park, and the quaint stops in between can make you feel like you are the only two people in the world. This itinerary is perfect for honeymooners or anyone looking for a romantic retreat.
Around Zion, you can be whisked away by speedboat to admire the canyon cliffs of Lake Powell at sunset, share a moment of elation and accomplishment as you take in the vertigo-inducing view from Angel’s Landing, or unwind at a renowned desert spa retreat.
In Bryce Canyon, you’ll be transported to another world as you gaze at the impossibly bright Milky Way. Snuggle up for a drive-in movie surrounded by juniper-dusted mesas or catch an award-winning Shakespearean play.
Cross to the eastern part of the state and Moab, where you can watch the sun rise together through the window of a natural arch. Then sample the sunshine’s desert spoils at a vineyard set among the red cliffs of Moab.
Few things are better than taking in a beautiful place with the one you love — and in this week you’ll take in a lot of them together.
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Bryce Canyon Queens Garden Trail
Add this moderate hike to your Bryce Canyon itinerary. Enjoy unique formations such as Gulliver's Castle, the Queen's Castle, and Queen Elizabeth on the Queen's Garden Trail.
Delicate Arch Trail
If you’ve ever seen a postcard or poster of Arches National Park, you’ve probably seen Delicate Arch. This amazing arch has become the symbol of Arches National Park, which is somewhat surprising because it is barely visible from the road.
Hell's Backbone Grill
Boulder, Utah sits at the edge of wilderness, but Hell's Backbone Grill culinary ethics and farm-to-table cuisine puts most city dining to shame.
Kodachrome Basin State Park
Kodachrome Basin covers 2,240 acres of canyon country and is surrounded by Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument on three sides.
Painted Pony Restaurant
Snow Canyon State Park
Located at the edge of the Mojave Desert, Great Basin and Colorado Plateau, Snow Canyon State Park explodes with dramatic geology perfect for your outdoor adventure — and photo opportunities.
The All-American Road: Scenic Byway 12
This is 122.863 miles (to be exact) of pure driving bliss. Welcome to Utah’s Scenic Byway 12, a designated All-American Road.