DestinationsTop Travel Destinations in Utah

This article describes the top 5 travel destinations in Utah along with useful links to other websites for additional travel related information.

Number 1: Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

These two parks are fairly close to each other near the town of Moab, Utah, which is why we grouped them together.

Arches National Park is fairly easy to get to as it is just a short drive south off of Interstate 70 and has specular scenery that can be seen while driving through the park. There are also a lot of hikes to various arches ranging from easy short strolls to longer more difficult adventures.

View through one of the many rock arches in Arches National Park, Utah.

Canyonlands National Park is much larger, but less accessible and more difficult to explore. However, if you have an off-road vehicle or are the adventuresome type this park my be just what your looking for as it will be less crowded but just as specular as Arches.

Number 2: Zion National Park

Zion National Park is fairly easy to get to as it’s not far off Interstate 15. There are two distinct parts to Zion, the upper area and the canyon. The upper area has beautiful multicolored smooth rock formations while the canyon has steams, trees and towering rock walls.

View on the valley in Zion National Park, Utah.

Number 3: Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

This national park and national monument are fairly close together, which is why we grouped them together.

Bryce Canyon National Park is located on the north-western end of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument just off of Highway 12. Whether you hike down into the canyon and through the hoodoos or view them from one of the many lookout points around the rim the scenery is specular.


One of the many fantastic views from the rim of Bryce Canyon, Utah.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a vast area with hiking, mountain biking, horse back riding and much more.

Number 4: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Lake Powell

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is south of Capitol Reef. Glen Canyon’s northern area is reached by Highway 95 and 276 while many marinas providing boat access to Lake Powell are best found in via Page, Arizona.

Boating in one of the many fingers of Lake Powell resavoir.

Number 5: Salt Lake City, the Great Salt Lake and Skiing

The Great Salt Lake is a land-locked body of water that is the remnant of the massive ancient Lake Bonneville. There are many places to observe and photograph wildlife and a number of sandy beaches on which to sunbath around the lake. However, you may not want to swim in the lake as it is very salty, contains lots of brine shrimp, smells bad when you stir up the water and is home to lots of different flying insects. Check out 5 Reasons to Avoid Swimming in Great Salt Lake for more details on this.

Salt Lake City with buildings and mountain view.

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