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Utah

Discover the urban lifestyle of Salt Lake City, the perfect mountain town of Park City and the surreal scenery of the Mighty 5® national parks. A trip to the Mighty 5® means watching the sunrise over towering natural monuments, hiking, biking, exploring and stargazing. It’s hard to imagine so much inspiring beauty and outdoor adventure in one place until you see it for yourself.



OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO EXPLORE IN UTAH



Zion National Park
Zion National Park

Massachusetts has it all, from the beauty of the forests and mountains in the west to the sandy beaches of Cape Cod and the popular island communities on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. This state is filled with America’s history, with Pilgrims at Plymouth, Witch Trials in Salem and the start of the American Revolution with the Boston Tea Party in Boston. With galleries and museums throughout, there’s plenty of culture to discover in this diverse state.

Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park

Getting away from the road and hitting the trails is a great way to take in the unbeatable scenery of Bryce Canyon National Park. The Bristlecone Loop Trail is a great short hike and the Rim Trail section between Sunset and Sunrise Points gives amazing views of the amphitheatre and hoodoos. Don’t miss a stop at Inspiration Point, from here the view stretches seemingly forever. The most brilliant colours of the park come alive with the rising and setting of the sun.

Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City

Utah’s capital provides everything you’d expect to find in a thriving city but also the convenience and affordability of a place that hasn’t yet been discovered by the masses. A compact downtown makes for easy walking to the many sights in the city. Visit the historic and spiritual heart of Utah, Temple Square, satisfy your shopping fix with a stroll through City Creek Centre or take in the view of the city from the steps of the State Capitol.

Arches National Park
Arches National Park

Visit Arches to discover a landscape of contrasting colours and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2000 natural arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles and giant balanced rocks. From the scenic roads that slice through the park to the trails that wind among the 92 metre high towers, Arches can be explored by all. Hikers of all abilities will see some of the most spectacular namesake arches such as Delicate Arch and Balanced Rock.

Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park

Imagine wave after wave of deep canyons, towering mesas, pinnacles, cliffs and spires. This is Canyonlands National Park, formed by the currents of Utah’s Green and Colorado Rivers. Island in the Sky is the easiest area of Canyonlands to visit in a short period of time, offering many stops with spectacular views along the paved scenic drive and easy hikes. Here is where you’ll also find one of the West’s most photographed landforms – Mesa Arch.

Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is an expanse of sweeping vistas, a seemingly endless landscape and limitless sky. Here you get a feel for what the earth might have been like millions of years ago. In the Fruita area, there are many day hiking trails. These trails range from easy strolls to strenuous hikes involving steep climbs over uneven terrain near cliff edges. Some of the more popular hikes are to Hickman Bridge and Cohab Canyon.

Monument Valley
Monument Valley

Straddling the states of Arizona and Utah, is monolithic buttes, mesas and spires that make up Monument Valley. This iconic symbol of the American West is internationally recognisable, having appeared in countless movies and is the sacred heart of the Navajo Nation. Enjoy a self-guided scenic drive leading to overlooks of the park's famous formations, or explore further afield on a guided tour. Monument Valley truly is one of the natural wonders of the world.

Grand Staircase
Grand Staircase

Located in the south-central region of Utah, the Grand Staircase region is remote, but it is spectacular and contains the most extensive network of slot canyons in the state. You can’t miss a visit to Kodachrome Basin State Park and the formations along the rugged and unpaved Cottonwood Canyon Road. The colourful ‘risers’ in the staircase include the Shinarump Cliffs, the Vermilion Cliffs, the White Cliffs, the Gray Cliffs, and the Pink Cliffs.



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN UTAH




Arches National Park Sunset ARCHES NATIONAL PARK AT SUNSET/SUNRISE

At sunset the red rock becomes saturated with the radiance of the sun and is a photographers’ dream. At sunrise, rays of light break over dramatic horizons.

Angels Landing Zion National Park ANGELS LANDING, ZION NATIONAL PARK
 

This is one of the world’s most renowned hikes, and is an unforgettable short adventure hike worthy of all bucket lists but definitely not for the faint hearted!

Hiking Zion National Park HIKING IN ZION NATIONAL PARK
 

There are many hiking options available from short to long and easy to strenuous. Some of our favourite easy hikes are to Lower Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock, or taking stroll along the Riverside Walk. For something a little more adventurous hike to Observation Point or Hidden Canyon for scenic panoramas on higher ground. 
Tabernacle Choir TABERNACLE CHOIR AT TEMPLE SQUARE
 
This is a 360 member choir that has been performing in the Salt Lake Tabernacle for 145 years. They have frequent performances and dress rehearsals that are open to the public.     
Antelope Island ANTELOPE ISLAND
 

A two hour drive from Salt Lake City and you’ll find yourself at the state park of Antelope Island where you can hike or bike this mountainous island, or see bison roaming free. 

Wasatch Mountains WASATCH MOUNTAINS

In the winter months head into the Wasatch Mountains, just 30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. Here you’ll find the world-renowned ski areas of Alta, Snowbird, Brighton and Solitude.  
Four Corners Monument FOUR CORNERS, MONUMENT VALLEY
 

Here you can stand in the middle of four states – Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.




UTAH ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and resorts in Utah.
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Hilton Garden Inn Salt Lake City Downtown
HILTON GARDEN INN SALT LAKE CITY DOWNTOWN
★★★
This hotel is located in one of the most bustling areas of Salt Lake City. From historical attractions such as Temple Square, to sports venues and shopping centres, there is plenty to explore both in and around the hotel.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Moab
LA QUINTA INN & SUITES, MOAB
★★★

La Quinta Inn & Suites provides a cool, quiet respite from the rugged outdoors. And with Moab’s most popular attractions of Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park just minutes away, this is the perfect place to base yourself.
Best Western Rubys Inn
BEST WESTERN PLUS RUBY'S INN, BRYCE CANYON
★★★
Ruby’s Inn is the closest lodging to Bryce Canyon National Park and is the perfect place to base yourself to explore this beautiful area. Enjoy horseback riding, mountain biking and guided ATV rides.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Springdale
LA QUINTA INN & SUITES, ZION-SPRINGDALE
★★★
La Quinta Inn & Suites is nestled in Zion Canyon, where you can witness massive red, pink and cream sandstone cliffs rising above you, and it’s just minutes from the entrance of Zion National Park. After a long day exploring head back and relax in the tranquillity of the resort.





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