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10 Great reasons to visit Utah!

Utah, the Beehive State, is like no other. Located in the American Southwest, its landscapes, natural wonders, rock formations, food, and indigenous history are all exceptional reasons to visit Utah!

There is beauty in this state no matter the season or the type of traveler you are. For the past three years, Utah has been on my list of places I would love to visit. Something in that state was calling my name, and I felt like I should be there. While doing my research, I discovered so many great reasons to visit Utah; I would like to share them with you now that I’m back and have experienced it for myself!

10 great reasons to visit Utah!

I just returned from an incredible road trip through Utah and Arizona, and let me tell you, I discovered so much about the beauty and wonder of Utah! Now, I’m here to convince you to drop everything and book your next trip with these amazing reasons to visit Utah!

The Mighty Five National Parks.

Utah is one of the states that boasts the most national parks, each as amazing as the next, all located in southern Utah! You could road trip through the five national parks as they are very close to each other and yet very different in landscapes. Zion National Park, with its orange-colored cliffs and flowing waterfalls, Bryce Canyon National Park, with its vertical rock formations called hoodoos, and Arches National Park, symbolizing Utah with its arches, are just a few spots that will mesmerize you.

If you are a hiker who is looking for physical activities, you can hike amazing trails off the beaten path in Capitol Reef National Park or Canyonlands National Park, to name a few. But if you prefer something more relaxed and not as physically demanding, you can take scenic drives with easy hiking trails that lead to amazing views in just 15 minutes.

Sundance Film Festival

Held annually in January, the Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States, located in the Sundance Resort in Provo, Utah. Visitors can enjoy screenings of innovative films, panel discussions, and celebrity sightings during this event.

Numerous films that have premiered at the Sundance Festival ended up being nominated for and winning Oscars.

PS: One Tree Hill, one of my favorite shows to binge, had an episode filmed right there!

4 seasons in 1 state

The difference in weather across the state of Utah is incredible; it could be snowing in Salt Lake City while sunny and warm in Arches National Park. This diversity adds a unique dimension to travel, requiring careful packing to accommodate the varied conditions. Due to Utah’s latitude and elevation, winters can be very cold and summers very hot; the transitional seasons, it’s often unpredictable.

Bonneville Salt Flats

The Bonneville Salt Flats are an expansive area of flat, white salt crusts that stretch for 30,000 acres in all directions and are one of the largest salt flats in the world. The vast expanse of white salt against the backdrop of the surrounding mountains is something you shouldn’t miss.

Over the years, new records of speed racing have been set on the salt flats due to its ideal setting, if you catch one of the races, it’s truly unforgettable.

Native American history

Interestingly, Utah is named after the Ute Tribe, the indigenous people who occupied the land before the settlers arrived. Alongside them were the Navajo Nation, Goshute Tribe, Paiute Tribe, Shoshone Tribe, and many others! You can observe the remnants of their history throughout the state. If you’re a history buff, I highly suggest scheduling tours dedicated to learning more about Native American history!

Ski destination

Due to its high altitude, winters in Utah can get very cold, making it ideal for amazing ski slopes. Utah boasts 10 world-class ski resorts located within an hour of Salt Lake City airport, in addition to many more scattered throughout the state; here are a few examples. The slopes are fantastic, and there are also plenty of amazing après-ski activities!

Dark Sky Park

The state of Utah is home to several International Dark Sky Parks, making it an ideal destination for stargazing. You can witness the Milky Way and countless constellations illuminating the night sky! These parks often offer camping opportunities and astronomy lectures to enhance the experience for amateur astronomers. But to be honest, Utah has so little light pollution that you can stop anywhere and look up at the sky.

PS: Pictures taken from visitutah.com

The Food

Utah, like every other state, has some specialty foods unique to them, and you have to try them! Here are a few of my favorite examples:

  • Fry sauce: a special condiment mixing ketchup and mayo with some spices.
  • Funeral potatoes: a comfort dish that combines potatoes with cheese, creamy soup, and crushed cornflakes.
  • Specialty Soda Shops: where they take plain soda and bring it to the next level by customizing it to your taste!
  • Ice Cream Shakes: so thick and tasty that you can only eat them with a spoon.
  • Navajo tacos: made with fried bread instead of tortillas, inspired by the Navajo Indian Tribe.

Monument Valley

A hallmark of the Utah desert, known for its three prominent buttes: Organ Rock shale, de Chelly sandstone, and Moenkopi shale. This is one of the most famous spots for filming old Western movies such as Forrest Gump or Stagecoach, so if you’re nostalgic for those cowboy movies, that’s the spot to be!

I would recommend trying to visit Monument Valley during sunrise when the view is simply intense!

Scuba diving on mainland

Located in the midway area, with a depth of 65 feet and an average temperature of 95 degrees, the hourglass-shaped geothermal hot spring is the ultimate destination for scuba divers and scuba enthusiasts across the globe. If you don’t feel like scuba diving, you can simply swim, soak, or snorkel on the surface!

There are probably a thousand more reasons to visit Utah, but I think the main ten I just named are enough to make you reserve your next flight.

The national parks are insane, Salt Lake City is incredible, the landscapes are out of this world, and the city has something for everyone! I know you will enjoy your stay in Utah!

Until next time,

Sofyah,

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Sofyah Ov is the founder of Sofyahscorner. Through her travels, she emphasizes the art of living comfortably while adventuring, showing readers how to strike a harmonious balance between world exploration and the soft life. Having lived in 3 different continents, the writer, passionate traveler, and lifestyle enthusiast would love to teach you how you can have it all!

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