I just returned from a trip across the country and met some people from Florida. They said to me Utah is the most beautiful state. From the high mountains to the desert and onto the red rocks, it is spectacular. If you’re looking for nature, Utah has everything. I’ve prepared a travel guide with ideas from Salt Lake City, Utah, that are three hours away, half a day trips, and extended trips. It will also give you statewide tourism partners who can lead you to the awesome things in their area. Here are just a few pictures to whet your appetite to explore Utah.
It can be fun to walk up and down the main street when you are in Park City.
Experience Sundance Under the Stars at the full moon.
Do a scenic lift rides – Sundance Mountain Resort
Heber Valley Railroad has several theme rides
Go to October Fest at Snow Bird and enjoy the according music and tram rides.
Drive to Golden Spike Monument and then see the Spiral Jetty
Drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon and take the Snow Bird Tram to the top and have lunch or take your lunch.
Drive to Heber or Park City and have lunch and then drive over Guardsman Pass into Brighton and then down to Salt Lake City. From Park City, it is a paved road. From Heber, it is a gravel road but in good condition.
Drive to the Salt Flats and watch speed trials. https://www.visitutah.com/articles/bonneville-salt-flats-planning-guide
Drive to Delta to see the migration of Snow Geese in February.
Drive to Logan and up to Logan Canyon. At the top of the pass, as you go into Bear Lake, look for a gas station on the right and stop and have a heavenly raspberry milkshake.
Take a lunch and go to This Is the Place Heritage Park. A train will take you around the park. Stop at each destination and speak to the representatives.
Go to the San Rafael Swell and see the Little Grand Canyon. I also like going down into Buckhorn Canyon. Call Owen Olsen 435-749-0239 to find if you can stop and see 8 restored cabins that he has moved to Cleveland, Utah, and assembled.
Go to the West Desert to see wild horses and a Pony Express station. For more detail, check with Tooele Travel Council.
Go to Antelope Island and look for buffalo.
Go to see the sunset on the Great Salt Lake.
Drive to Brigham City and go west to the Bird Refuge.
Drive to Cascade Springs and enjoy a lovely walk around the springs.
Drive to Kamas and take the Mirror Lake highway to Mirror Lake. Stop and enjoy. Then drive to Evanston and come home on the freeway through Coalville.
Winter Trip: Go to the Hardware Ranch and watch the feeding of the Elk. They have sleds you can ride to see the beautiful animals even more closely.
When the fall fruit is ripe, drive to Brigham City and then drive along Fruit Way where all the stands are.
Drive to Logan and stop at Heritage Park. Check out Cox Honey, Gossner Cheese, and Utah State Dairy, where you can get an excellent Aggie ice cream cone.
Go on a hot air balloon by going to the web: Hot air ballooning in Utah
Look for Wonderstone Quarry out near Tooele and go out and collect rocks.
Visit Timpanogos Cave
Visit Fantasy Canyon Utah out by Vernal.
Spring go the Thanksgiving Point and see the Tulip Festival.
Visit a National Park. Utah has 5!
Canyonlands: Sign up for a Jeep trip that will take you into the Needles area. You will go past Newspaper Rock. Plan on a very bumpy ride.
Go to Moab and drive up highway 128 along the Colorado River.
Go to Bluff, Utah, and visit the Bluff Fort. An excellent place to stay is Bluff Dwellings Resort. Be sure to see Mexican Hat and the Goose Neck State Park while there. It is also a little over an hour’s drive down to Monument Valley. Look for John Wayne’s cabin and also a movie museum by Goulding’s Lodge. You may even want to stay in a Navaho Hogan. Look under Airbnb.
Go to Wellington and then up to Nine Mile Canyon to see several petroglyphs.
Near Moab, take the Las Sal Mountain Loop Road by the Colorado River and up through Castle Valley. Along the route, expect views of the towering mountain and pristine canyon.
Bike Riding Trails
Ride along the Jordan River. I go to 4800 South and then go south on the trail.
Legacy Park Bike trail
Murdock Canal bike ride from Thanksgiving Point to Orem
Park City has many paved bike trails. It is also the beginning of the Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail that goes up the canyon to Coalville and out to Echo Dam.
Park at the bottom of Provo Canyon and ride up past Bridal Veil Falls.
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