The cities in Utah are exciting, historic and reason enough to visit. However, the state’s five national parks are so astonishingly beautiful you could spend your entire trip here in the great outdoors. Catch your breath at the sight of vast canyons, eye-catching rock formations and hidden waterfalls.
Drive through the cinematic landscape of Monument Valley to find yourself in the heart of the Navajo Nation. The Navajo, along with Ute, Paiute, Goshute and Shoshone nations, inhabited the state for centuries before Spanish explorers arrived in the 16th century.
Explore cultural Salt Lake City, the state capital centered around Salt Lake Temple, the head of Mormonism around the world. Marvel at the exhibits in the Natural History Museum of Utah, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Clark Planetarium. Park City, to the east of the capital, is both a popular ski resort and the home of the annual Sundance Film Festival.
Choose one of the Mighty Five national parks to visit. Bryce Canyon National Park is famed for the red pillars that jut up from the canyon base and its ancient bristlecone pine trees. Stand in awe of Canyonlands National Park, known for vast plateaus and cascades tumbling down red cliffs. Nearby Arches National Park is named after its natural bridges and arches. Arrive here at sunset to watch the rocks come to life in blazing colors.
Lace up your walking boots and stride out into Zion National Park, where hiking trails will lead you to hidden swimming spots and dramatic cliff-side paths. The vast, open landscapes of Capitol Reef National Park make it one of the best places to stargaze in the state.
Utah’s scenery isn’t just about its national parks. Head to the north of the state to reach the Wasatch Mountains. Hike up dramatic peaks or return in winter for skiing in Snowbasin, Deer Valley and other resorts.
Fly to Salt Lake City from about 90 cities around the world. Visit in spring and fall to explore the national parks without oppressive heat.