Utah Vacations

Otherworldly beauty is the norm in the deserts and rock formations of Utah. The southern part of the state comprises 5 national parks filled with colorful sandstone arches, green valleys, and majestic canyons: take your pick from Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capitol Reef, or the Canyonlands National Parks for hiking, rock-climbing, camping, or ... Read more
simply sitting in wonder. The laid-back capital, Salt Lake City, gained recognition as host of the 2002 Winter Olympics, and offers access to ski resorts, natural wonders like the Salt Lake and Bonneville Salt Flats in the context of a modern and progressive city.
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Utah is a desert state with a semi-arid climate, meaning that you don’t have to worry much about rain, but you do have to endure some pretty extreme temperatures. In the summer, the southern part of the state ... Read more
heats up, often exceeding a scorching 100 (37). The mountains have much milder summer temperatures, though you will be bumping shoulders with plenty of other visitors wanting to get that postcard-perfect shot. Winter is also a popular time to visit the mountains in Utah, despite snow and temperatures that occasionally drop below 0(-17): ski resorts are open from November through mid-April. If you want more mild temperatures and an unhindered view of the Delicate Arch, then head to Utah in September and October.

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    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 8.6
    Adventure Travelers
  • 6.9
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  • 6.8
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Buffalo, New York State, USA

Outdoor activities in Utah are hard to beat in general, but the skiing is amazing, offering lots of powder, lots of vertical drop and an infinite number of trails to choose from.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Good experience! We skating all days, live the snow, eat delicious food and buy a lot of things .

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St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

This is a rest stop along the I 70 in Utah. It is an amazing place with photos not coming close to capturing the beauty. Well worth a stop.

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Longmont, Colorado, USA

Utah is abundantly blessed with National Parks. Arches, Zion, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and many others call the beehive state home. About 15 years ago my in-laws took my future wife and her sisters on a road trip through the state that they still rave about--and they were teenagers at the time.

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San Diego

Revealing my naivety here, I always pictured Utah as such: desert, Mormons, a few cool national parks with awesome rock formations, and Salt Lake City. After exploring just the southwest quarter of it, that ridiculous image of it has already been shot down. Utah is gorgeous, filled with diverse landscape and topography that changes around every bend of the neverending road. Miles of farmland are dotted with broken down tractors, majestic ranch estate entrance gates, and eerie looking barn ruins. Red rocks, table cliffs, dense bristlecone pine forests, and soaring mountains fill more of the land than sparse desert does, while adventurers of every kind traipse around the Mighty 5 national parks and their iconic, other-worldly geographic formations. It's a place to see Mother Nature at her finest and some of her wildest, as if she was showing off millennia ago and no one knows about it unless they make the effort to get here. I loved it.

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Tustin, California, USA

Beautiful scenery in this state. Snow capped mountains and the great salt lake. Don't forget to visit Zion national park and any of the famous ski resorts in Park City.

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Menlo Park, California, USA

SNOWKITING:

So often there seems to be a connection between water sports and snow sports. Enjoy one? You will likely take a shine to its winter sister-sport in the off-season. This point is proven once again with snowkiting. Similar to kitesurfing, the basic requirement for this airborne sport is a power kite (complete with harness, etc.). From there, as long as you have cold weather gear and an appetite for excitement, the mountain can be yours (the choice between a board or skis -- or none at all! -- will depend on the rider's preference). The joy and adrenaline is found in the air, as snowkiters float upward then glide back down the slopes, picking up great speeds and heights along the way. Lessons are beginning to pop up at ski resorts worldwide. But just like on the water, there is much to learn. Be sure you learn the basics before taking to the air.

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Nairobi, Kenya

It is an ackward balance between the prescriptive mormons, and outdoor adventure seekers. One of the most beautiful states in the union, but a hard place to get a good beer.

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Santander, Spain

A great state with a lot to do if you're into the outdoors! Skiing here is some of the best in the world. Make sure you visit Park City in the winter, Moab in the spring or summer, and Zion's National Park whenever!

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San Jose, California, USA
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I like Utah's natural beauties more so than most states, except for like California and Arizona and Wyoming, You'll find some of the best rock formations here.

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