Utah is known for being one of the most stunning and picturesque states in the United States. With majestic mountains, breathtaking national parks, and quaint and quiet small towns, it’s the perfect place for nature lovers to unwind and forget about their worries, even for a few days. If you and your family and friends are thinking of escaping to this gorgeous place, here are some fun and unforgettable activities you can do in the Beehive State.
Go on a nature hike
Utah is renowned for being one of the nation’s outdoor states, with unparalleled state and national parks. Here are some parks and trails you can visit, and what key features make them stand out from the rest:
- Zion National Park is only a 3-hour drive away from Las Vegas. It offers outstanding views of waterfalls, red rock cliffs, and majestic vistas. If you want to go deeper into the most impressive views, the Zion Canyon is worth adventuring off to. You can employ the services of skilled van rentals that can take you to the major sites and trail heads.
- Monument Valley is perfect for those who enjoyed old western films growing up since its scenery is reminiscent of those gorgeous, old-timey films. You might even spot a horse and a rider while visiting this park. There is also a self-drive dirt road that off-roading enthusiasts can explore for an added rush and adrenaline to your trip.
- Canyonlands National Park is the state’s answer to the renowned Grand Canyon, minus the heavy traffic of visitors and tourists. One of the main attractions is the Island in the Sky, which offers incredible views of snow-capped mountains and orange carved canyons.
Stay at a ski resort
Utah is also equally known for its varied elevation, which means that while it’s sunny and warm in specific areas, other places will be snowing. This is why luxurious ski resorts are always a go-to option for people who want to escape to the Beehive State. If you want to ski or stay at an ultra-luxe resort or lodge, go to Park City, which is a 45-minute drive southeast of Salt Lake City. Some of the poshest resorts in town include Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort.
Imagine going on a high-octane ski experience during the day and sipping a cup of hot chocolate while cozying up with your loved ones on the couch at night. How fun!
Find some peace and tranquility
If you want to let go of your worries and stresses even for a few hours, visit the Great Salt Lake. It’s a 30-minute drive northwest of Salt Lake City. The lake shrank due to evaporation, making it a perfect place for tourists to swim and float without sinking. The views are so stunning that you don’t need to be the best photographer in the world to snap some Instagram-worthy shots.
Go bar-hopping in the city
Salt Lake City is known for its burgeoning bar scene, which means those who love a good cocktail hour with friends might enjoy some fun nights out in the town. The bars range from having locally-sourced American cuisine to no-frills watering holes that are more of a charming old-school neighborhood bar. No matter your drinking style or favorite types of alcohol, you’ll be sure to find a bar that suits your taste and definition of fun. Just make sure to follow public health and safety measures like keeping your mask on and keeping a safe distance away from others.
Visit historical sites and attractions
If you’re more of a history buff who enjoys learning about a state’s rich culture and heritage, then you will definitely enjoy Utah. Here are some historic landmarks and attractions you need to see during your visit:
- This Is The Place Heritage Park is a wonderful place to learn about Utah’s rich mining history, especially since the park also boasts of Pioneer Village, which reenacts the state’s history.
- The Governor’s Mansion, also known as the Kearns Mansion, is the official seat and residence of the state’s governor. It’s open for public tours and a great place to learn more about the state’s political history.
- When the pandemic is over and huge events are open again, go to Park City during Sundance Film Festival. It’s one of the most unforgettable ways to enjoy the best movies in the world.
There are plenty of things to do in Utah. With enough research and planning, you can’t go wrong in choosing this state for your post-pandemic adventure. Have fun and stay safe!