Vacationing in just one place, regardless of its popularity, can only ever give you a limited view into the broader natural and cultural makeup of a region. So try to allow a few days to delve into Southeastern Utah - Glen Canyon National Recreation Area's other sights and attractions. Castle Valley, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the east, and Moab, 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the east of Gateway are good spots to check out if you have the time.
Approximately 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the west of Gateway is Moab, a regional center and the home of Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum, Dead Horse Point State Park and Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center. Canyonlands National Park, Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage and The Red Hills are a number of other places definitely worth visiting for those who would like to spend a while longer there.
When planning your holiday to Gateway, it's good to remember that the nearest major airport, Grand Junction Regional Airport, is located in in Grand Junction, 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the northeast.