Are you busy planning an upcoming stay-cation right here in the United States? Do you have your eyes set on Utah and you’re wondering what the top places and attractions are to visit? Utah is a state filled with all kinds of natural beauty, wonder, and attractions, so narrowing the list down to just four is a rather difficult task, but with that said these are places and attractions that really manage to stand out.
The Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
When it comes to iconic places to visit in the state of Utah, the Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument sits right near the top of the list. Located near Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Lake Powell National Recreation Area, the Grand Canyon, Canyonlands National Park, and Capitol Reef National Park, Escalante and the Grand Staircase is just a natural addition to the itinerary.
The area features a number of scenic trails to explore, plus museums, guided tours, biking, air tours, ATV tours, fishing, horseback riding, adventure tours, shopping, and winter sports. For those who want to extend their stay, the area is dotted with a variety of lodging options.
When it comes to well-known landmarks in Utah, Monument Valley has its fair share of exposure. Located on the Navajo Indian Reservation, this rock formation/monument is found in the South Eastern area of the state, right near Arizona. It’s rugged and unforgiving landscape makes for incredible photo ops and must be explored with a guide.
Zion National Park
Not only is Zion National Park a must-see for those visiting Utah, it’s also conveniently located just a three-hour drive from Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s a great way to combine two destinations in one trip. You’ll be treated to towering red rock cliff formations, lush greenery, a number of natural waterfalls, and views of the valleys that are truly unique and awe-inspiring. You can explore by foot on the walking trails, join a bus tour, or take a scenic drive on your own.
Here’s another must-see attraction in the state of Utah. The Homestead Crater is perfect for swimming and scuba diving and promises an adventure like no other. It can be found in Midway, Utah and is a caldera that is privately owned and sits on the Homestead Resort. It’s a geothermal spring that has 55-foot tall limestone dome above it. Inside, it spans 400 feet in width and the crater pool is 65 feet deep.
What makes this site even more special is the fact that it is the only warm-water diving site found in the continental United States. It has been open to the public since 1996.
Utah – the State Filled With Opportunities and Wonder
Utah truly is a unique state that is made all the more special thanks to its stunning and truly mesmerizing landscape. Known for its endless parks, trails, and adventure opportunities, you will never be at a loss for things to do here. Whether you plan to visit for just a day or two or stay longer, it’s bound to be a memorable adventure.