10 Reasons to Add Utah to Your Bucket List
5 years ago I never would have considered Utah as a travel destination, mainly because I was convinced that the USA had nowhere interesting to visit. I was wrong, obviously! I discovered the beauty of Utah through countless Instagram posts and photos and then I fell in love and it made its way to the top of my bucket list. I showed Andrew all the photos and after only a few minutes of convincing, he was ready to book our flights. As you all know, we loved Utah and can’t say enough good things about it.
1. NATIONAL PARKS
Utah has a ridiculous amount of parks, let alone national parks, with plenty of things to see and trails to hike. The best thing about Utah’s parks is that they are all varied. We covered a few during our 6 day stay but there was just no way to cover them all. I’d highly recommend Arches, Zion and Bryce.
Wondering what these parks look like? Discover all of them here: Utah National Parks
2. SCENIC ROAD TRIPS
You don’t need to drive far to see something worth photographing along the road. The scenery changes in flashes and before you know it, you’ve taken several hundred photos from the side of the road (true story).
3. SALT FLATS (& MORTON SALT)
Even though the Salt Flats are literally in the middle of nowhere, it’s worth the 1.5 hour drive from SLC to see them. You’ll pass the Morton salt factory along the way which is a fun break from the flat lands all around you. This is a great photo op so pack cute clothes!
4. GORGEOUS WEATHER
Utah has great weather almost year-round. They do get a lot of snow and cold during winter but I wouldn’t recommend visiting in the winter anyhow. Summers are hot and dry but assuming you aren’t taking arduous hikes in mid-day sun, the temperatures are fairly pleasant especially compared to humid Florida or frigid Maine. October was especially mild with perfect temperatures.
5. CHARMING SKI TOWNS
Park City is adorable – it not only has the cutest town center but you can drive to the top for dramatic mountain views. Note that during the snow season, the road may be closed. Park City has great shopping and food and is more “modern” than many other Utah towns you’ll encounter. Even if you don’t ski, it’s a great place to visit!
6. HIKERS PARADISE
We hiked a ridiculous amount of miles in 6 days and loved every second. There are more trails than you can count and we only visited 3 parks. Make sure you pack good hiking shoes because they’ll definitely get used!
If you’re an adventurer or you want ideas for which hikes to take, then check out this post on the best hiking trails in Utah.
7. LAIDBACK VIBES
It’s no wonder Utah is popular with backpackers, hikers and climbers alike. So many towns in the state are super relaxed and unassuming. You don’t have to dress up to go anywhere and in fact, you’ll run into more than one person who’s confidently wearing joggers, sandals and a tee. This is the place to go if you want to relax and only worry about what natural wonder you’re going to see next.
8. NATURAL WONDERS & SLOT CANYONS
Slot canyons are one of the most unique aspects of Utah. I’d highly recommend a trip out to Buckskin Gulch.
9. AFFORDABLE TO VISIT
I think most people visit Utah and camp (probably the most efficient and cheapest way to see Utah in 6 days); we aren’t into camping and so we decided to do hotels. Be prepared for extra high prices for hotels since there aren’t many options around. Conveniently, some of the hotels are located a mile from their nearby national park counterparts.
10. PLENTY TO DO – SO MUCH TO EXPLORE
You won’t get bored in Utah. We were there for 6 full days and felt we could have stayed for another 6 days. We enjoyed the outdoors every single day but we didn’t even get to dabble in activities besides hiking. There was still white water rafting, rappelling, rock climbing and plenty of other exploration we could have taken part in.
Read this post for help with Planning Your Trip to Utah
Definitely on my radar now! Didn’t know Utah was affordable and this beautiful!
Definitely affordable if you’re into camping. Sometimes I wish I were….haha!
Definitely but I think it is still pretty affordable compared to other places!
Love this post!! I couldn’t agree more. I would’ve never expected to ever visit Utah as often as I do OR to really like it as much as I do. It’s so beautiful and everything you list here is definitely a must see!
If I lived closer, I would definitely visit more often too!
Awesome photos… you completely sold Utah to me 🙂 I got a glimpse of 27 hours movie too!
Utah is definitely beautiful! I’m surprised at your beautiful pictures of the Salt Flats! When I went they were kind of dull-looking. But I definitely want to make it the gorgeous national parks!
I wonder why…maybe a cloudy day? They were stunning when we went….
I’m not sure. Maybe it was just something about that day. But all the more reason to go, no?
Yes! They’re perfect for photo ops!
Stunning photos 🙂 I’m jumping on the next plane to Utah, thanks to you HAHA! No kidding 😛
Those are some A plus pictures lady! Never been to Utah. Adding it to my list!
Wow, I basically knew nothing about Utah before reading this but it looks incredible. You have some great pictures 🙂
Absolutely beautiful photos, Grace! I have been seeing more and more of Utah on social media lately and this makes me realize that I really need to add it to the bucket list. Definitely want to plan a trip while I’m living out in California!
Never thought there are so many picturesque and breathtaking sceneries and landscapes. Just unbelievable pictures. Utah will be my next destination.
It’s definitely worth a visit!
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