Top 10 Places to Visit in Utah

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Utah is a beautiful place to visit, but it is an even better place to live. There is so much to do here between the mountains that offer some of the greatest snow for winter activities to the lakes and desserts for fishing and four wheeling.  In honest truth there are over 100 places that I would like to tell you about, but I have (not so easily) cut it down to my favorite top 10 places to visit in Utah.

  1. Historic Temple Square and City Creek CentertempleSquare
    • Temple Square, located in beautiful downtown Salt Lake City, has all the services needed for a wonderful visit. Amazing restaurants, exquisite gardens and interesting historical sites are found on the thirty-five acre site. Guided tours and presentations feature historic sites, interactive exhibits, art displays, 70-mm films, parks and gardens. Also featured are the largest genealogy library of its kind in the world and the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. Enjoy all of this in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

  2. Zion National ParkzionNationalPark
    • Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Challenge your courage in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.

  3. Arches National Parkarches
    • Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.

  4. Canyonlands National Parkcanyonlands
    • Canyonlands invites you to explore a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Rivers divide the park into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers themselves. These areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, but each offers different opportunities for sightseeing and adventure.

  5. Fish Lake National Forrest
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    There are so many reasons why Fish Lake, Utah is one of our favorite vacation spots. Aside from the beautiful scenery, active wildlife, and cool weather, you are never at a loss to catch a fish. There are spots where even my kids (as young as two) can catch fish non-stop all day long. It is really just really the perfect family destination for a vacation in Utah. I grew up spending some time each summer there, and we have continued that tradition on with our family. We go with my parents every summer and enjoy each minute of it.

  6. Goblin ValleyGoblin Valley 04
    • Journey to this strange and colorful valley, which is unlike any other in Utah. The landscape, covered with sandstone goblins and formations, is often compared to Mars. Explore the geology, and camp among the nooks and gnomes.

  7. Antelope Islandantelope island 02
    • Hike, mountain bike or horseback ride the park’s backcountry trails for spectacular views of lake and island scenery; spend a star-filled night in one of several primitive campsites; stroll along sandy beaches and take a dip in the lake’s salty waters or step back in time with a visit to the Historic Fielding Garr Ranch. Antelope Island is home to free-ranging bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, and many other desert animals. 

  8. Capitol Reef National ParkcaptiolReefNationalPark
    • Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles.

  9. Lake Powell (Glen Canyon Recreation Area)glenCanyonLakePowell
    • Encompassing over 1.2 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. The recreation area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, encompassing scenic vistas, geologic wonders, and a vast panorama of human history.

  10. Strawberry Reservoirstrawberryreservoir
    • Strawberry Reservoir is located 23 miles southeast of Heber City, Utah on US Highway 40. Major improved access routes to the reservoir include the West Side Road [FS Road 131], Soldier Creek Marina road, and the Soldier Creek dam road. There are four paved boat ramps at the reservoir including Strawberry Bay Marina, Renegade, Soldier Creek Marina, and Aspen. All of these sites contain developed Forest Service campgrounds. 

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