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Located six miles (ten kilometers) northwest of downtown Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is the main gateway to the State of Utah. There are direct international flights to Japan, France, and Mexico, and there are numerous connections to most American cities, since Delta Air Lines has one of its hubs here.
Airlines serving Salt Lake City International Airport: American Airlines, Comair, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, jetBlue Airways, SkyWest, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, United Express, and US Airways.
Updated Jun 12, 2012
Utah is one of the most beautiful states in all of American. Even when driving around the amazing west of this great country, Utah sticks out as one of the most spectacular. Lacking great mass transit as is typical in the US, it's an area best experienced with a car. Not only getting from park to park but getting around while there can be a problem otherwise though thankfully parks like Zion are instituting a shuttle bus system. It would be nice one day if you could visit the parks without a car, it would certainly be better for their longevity but in America, car is king for now.
While the state is big, with so many sights, distances between them is not so great. Zion National Park to Coral Pink Sand Dunes is only 40 miles and a little over an hour. From there to Staircase-Escalante National Monument it's another 65 miles and 90 minutes. Up to Kodachrome State Park is 90 miles and 3 hours. From there to Bryce it's 25 miles and an hour. The trek over to Capitol Reef is only 60 miles and 3 hours. Another 70 miles and two hours brings you to Goblin State Park. You wind up at Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in another 60 miles and two miles of beautiful scenic driving. If you take your time and try and see everything out there, you could spend years. I can't think of many better ways to spend time.
The Parks vary in price but if visiting them all, it's best to purchase the America The Beautiful Pass. For a mere $80, a whole car load of people can visit every National Park and Federally Administered Land for a period of one year. If that's not the best deal in travel, I don't know what is. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Updated Jul 17, 2009
Highway 12 passes through and adjacent to some of Utah's greatest natural wonders. The west to east version of this route begins at Red Canyon before it heads past the turnoff from Bryce Canyon National Park. A few miles later, the road dips into a wide open valley before climbing back up for a view of a canyon. Winding and twisting its way past scenic vistas and small towns, highway 12 ascends Boulder Mountain first via a very narrow passage which allows for incredible views but little room for error, then cruising along the crest of the mountain for a sweeping view and, finally, descending sharply into the small town of Torrey where you can stop and look at the mountain your vehicle just climbed.
This scenic byway has a National Park on either end and passes by the entrance to 3 very scenic state parks in addition to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Its scenery galore from end to end of this 120 mile journey. Just make sure to stop and use the pullouts when you want to admire the view. This is especialy important if you are the driver of the vehicle.
Written Dec 13, 2004
Heading east out of Zion National Park towards Bryce Canyon National Park is the Zion Mount Carmel Highway. The highway is steep at some points and passes through a mile long dark tunnel, but is a pretty drive. There are several pullouts and trails that offer views of Zion Canyon and Checkerboard Mesa, shown in the photo.
Written Jun 29, 2004
Whether you opt to fly or drive to Utah, the best way to get around the red rock country is by car. There is so much to see and so many places to stop along the way. The roads are good and it is easy to get around. There are some areas only accessible with 4-wheel, high clearance vehicles, but most areas are fine for the family sedan.
Written Jan 31, 2003
Utah can be reached by airplane at it's capitol Salt Lake City. We however started our drive along the National Parks (mainly in the Southern half of the state) from Phoenix-Scottsdale Arizona.
By car we followed the green line on the map that I enclose for every future visitor.
Written Sep 8, 2002
Fly into Salt Lake City for almost everything in Utah. Everyplace else is just too far away... (like Las Vegas, Denver, Albuquerque, or Phoenix). Anyway, it's your best bet. You could also drive. I know I-70 ends/begins in Utah.
Car is the best way to get around the state.
Written Aug 26, 2002
It's best to fly into Salt Lake City, I think. Driving through the mountains was awful last time we did it--roads are narrow and it's SLOW! You might try Delta Airlines, their hub is in Salt Lake and they often have cheap fares!
Rent a car if you didn't drive! You really need a car to get around, unless you're going to stay right downtown and not really leave the city.
Written Aug 26, 2002
We drove down from Calgary - the only way to go, really, given that we had bicycles & camping gear. Even so, it took about 18 hours, driving through the night. Rather magical as the dawn started to break to look out at the changed scenery - it was dusk in Idaho with the mountains around us, now there were clear signs that we were in a desert region.
Once you are in Moab, the die-hard mountain biker will bike out from the town to the start of the trails. We took the easy option and drove to the trail heads and biked from there. This had the benefit at the end of the day, when there were cool drinks in the car waiting for you!
Written Aug 25, 2002
Best to fly to Salt Lake City to start from the north and work your way down to Arches and Monument Valley. Alternatively fly to Las Vegas and drive north for Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.
Hire a car and drive south from SLC. Arches takes about 3 - 4 hours. Monument Valley 7 - 8. Whatever you do, to appreciate this state you will need a car.
Written Aug 25, 2002
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