SALT LAKE CITY is a pleasant town, surrounded by big mountains to the East. Since this city is the 'world' capital of the Mormons (religious, downtown you'll find their famous library and of course Temple Square which is worth a look, being the headquarters of this religious people. The State Capitol is of course one monument to see.
West of SLC, you can have a look at one of the largest open-air mines in the world, called Kennicot. It's amazing how small you look in front of the huge crater and how big are the trucks over there.
North of SLC, I would highly recommend a stop in the city of LOGAN, where there are beautiful churches (PICTURE of one of Logan churches here !) And my 'best' thing in Utah is just next to Logan, the 'not-so-famous' BEAR LAKE !!! Incredibly blue and really really wonderful. The setting is unbelievable !
The Great SALT LAKE shores were a bit disappointing to us, you may see it west of SLC by taking Instertate 80 West exit 102 to the beach (I mean this is what they call...a beach...berk !).
For extremely cheap motels, I would recommend a stop in ST.GEORGES as this city is holding so many places to sleep, probably more than inhabitants ! And the city is a good base to visit some wonderful parks around.
CEDAR BREAKS Natl.Monument wasn't that great but some will like.
ZION Natl.Park is wonderful !!!! But in order to visit the park well, park your car in designated areas and make some hiking or catch the Park Tramway, as most of the roads are closed to traffic. Still if you are in a hurry, just cross the park from east to west and you'll see wonderful sceneries.
CAPITOL REEF Natl.Park here also visiting by car is ok but hiking is recommended to really feel the beauty of the park. We did a short hike and believe me....it's hot over there !
BRYCE CANYON Natl. Park is probably in the top 3 most beutiful parks in the USA and it's would be unacceptable not to visit this park if you are in Utah. The scenic road is very very beautiful and you will enjoy it, but as for the other parks, a hike on one of the numerous path is recommended (especially the one going down through the 'needles').
ARCHES Natl.Park is also a pure delight with the famous 'Delicate Arch' (you can see it on some Utah car license plates) and what they call Park Avenue, both being rock formations. The hike to Delicate Arch is easy and highly recommended. The city of MOAB is a good place to stay to visit parks around, you'll find cheap motels and all kind of shops.
Another thing to see which I will recommend (I found it by chance !) is to drive the road US191 north from Vernal (north east of state) to Manila/Wyoming border, it's a very scenic road and if you cross into WY, there is a very high pass with 'adventure' road (be careful).
Fondest memory: BEAR LAKE is so great !!!!!
Generally speaking all National Parks mentioned in my report must be seen and Utah is probably one of the most beautiful US states if you like natural wonders.
walk into Bryce Canyon. It is great from the top but walking through the canyon is even more exciting.
More info. National Park Service
If you go nowhere else in the US, Utah should be your choice. There is a higher concentration of truly awesome, awe-inspiring scenery there than anywhere else in the country in my view. This is especially true of the southern third of the state. It should be noted that there are more national parks in Utah than in any other state in the Union. You should visit at least Bryce and Zion NPs. I also consider Canyonlands and Arches NPs a must. Then there is the small Cedar Breaks National Monument, near Bryce and Zion, which is in many ways the most beautiful bit of real estate in Utah, mainly because it is small enough to be comprehended by mere mortals like ourselves.
Photo: Monumental Arch in Arches National Park
see Monument Valley. Harry Goulding lived among the Indians Navajos who are the sole to enjoy this marvellous landscape. In 1938, he showed photographs to John Ford who was immediatly in love with a so beautiful country. From this moment, Monument Valley became the most famous movie setting.
Fondest memory: Now the Indians are in 4WD and they propose tours to the tourists. An advice : refuse and go by yourself. You cannot go at the bottom of the rocks but you can drive on the road and it needs a sufficient distance to enjoy the spectacle.
This photo was taken in August during the touristic season.
Camp along the river and visit Arches Natl Park!
Fondest memory: Cable Arch (a hidden little hiking area) and hiking Arches in the moonlight in the winter.
Rainbows! they always seemed to double in the desert....absolutely beautiful!
Favorite thing: NOT expect turbulent city life in the areas I´m going to talk about. It´s quiet, it´s nature, it´s a trip back in time. This area was one of the last ones within the US to get paved roads - and who knows if all the villages and lonely farms have got power yet....
in bryce canyon there is a nice trail 'queen's garden' not very long and goes all the way down between those red rocks - amazing
Fondest memory: after visiting bryce we drove to ceader cuty to look for motel
all the roads r dark- no light there and all of a sudden we soo this big mouse infront of our car...
Fondest memory: In 1991, I visited Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks in late October. I spent the first few days in Zion and went to Bryce for the next few days. A day or so before I went to Bryce, a moderate snow fell and covered everything. When I arrived at Bryce Canyon, the wind had drifted much of the snow, so that bare patches of ground were visible in the white carpet. The sky was still perfectly clear from the previous precipitation, and I could see forever. Bryce is wonderful because of the colors and shapes. The rock is mostly red with some oranges and even whites in some strata. The canyon is full of evergreen trees so there is a good mix of brown trunk and green needles with the red rock. The snowfall added white highlights to everything, and a blue sky topped it all. I did the Fairyland Trail and a few other short walks around the main basin area. I remember thinking that I would never again experience a day that was so beautiful.
go to Arches N.P., Bryce Canyon N.P., Canyonlands N.P., Zion N.P. and Monument Valley, to see multicoloured land of canyons, arches and buttes.
Go for the Gold - Utah's well-kept secrets is the color show that is put on each fall. While this show lasts only a very short time, it is spectacular. Combined with the cooler temperatures, the thinning crowds viewing the fall-adorned scenery in Utah is memorable.
Fondest memory: Fall colors in Dixie National Forest, lots of shimmering golden aspen, mountains and mountains of multihued trees. The tremendous joy of seeing such a beautiful sight without any people or car for miles is truely unbelievable and unforgetable.
Visit Bryce Canyon National Park
Fondest memory: Taking this photo of The Wall of Windows, Bryce Canyon, I perched myself and my 8 x10 camera on one of the pinnacles near the precipice and waited till the wind gusting from below in the 500 foot deep canyon had subsided, to prevent the camera from shaking. Believe me, I was shaking too, standing at the edge!!!
Fondest memory: Driving up a paved, and then very DIRT, road, being stopped for a good 20 minutes by a cattle herd crossing the road. This was pretty unique in my book, and well worth a picture! This was just outside, or just in, Zion NP.
Fondest memory: My most favorite memory of Utah is when I got out of the swimming pool one morning and almost ran smack into a moose! I sat outside with the neighbors and watched this HUGE funny-looking animal eating the bush in our front yard for about an hour! I got some great pics, if I ever get a scanner, I'll show you:) It was awesome--I didn't even know there were moose that far south! I felt very...Canadian:):) (just kidding:)).
Favorite thing: This is a night photo of downtown Salt Lake City. It's one of the most beautiful night cities that I've ever witnessed. It was because of photo's like this one that I decided that I wanted to move to Utah.
Have a great breakfast, go skiing, have a really good lunch including a very cold beer and a really hot chili, ski again, relax at the resort in front of the fire with some coffee or scotch on the rock or straight up and then have a great dinner and then final jump in the hot tub with a few beers next to you and ..... you know the rest, you will be very relaxed after all that!!!!!
Fondest memory: Playing on the snow and learning how to ski were my favorites, but everything was great!! And snowmobiling was amazing, speacilly when I'm so used to jet skiing, going from water (which what I'm used to,) to snow it was pretty cool!!
Favorite thing: Perhaps my fondest memories of Utah surround our Honeymoon. We stayed in Salt Lake for about a week in May. One Sunday morning we went to SnowBird (a ski resort) and had a breakfast buffet. It was spendy, but delicious. Afterward, we took the tram to the top of the mountain, where we could look across the Wasatch and out to the Salt Lake valley.
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