America the Beautiful
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.Related to:
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It's best to fly into Salt...
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.
Fly into Salt Lake City for...
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.
We drove down from Calgary -...
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!
Best to fly to Salt Lake City...
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.
Salt Lake City International Airport
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.
Many major airlines provide daily air service to Salt Lake City. As Delta uses Salt Lake City as a hub, you'll likely find it has the most options.
From Las Vegas: I-15 North.
Getting around in the mountains can be difficult especially if the roads are bad. A 4WD vehicle is ideal, but if you can't get your hands on one, then make sure your car is at least front wheel drive. For extremely bad roads you will need chains for your tires.
Go by road...
Well you can always fly into Salt Lake City, I think it is well served by both International and Domestic flights. The road network into and around Utah is also pretty well established.
We travelled around in a small maxi van. It allowed us to go wherever we pleased. In the national parks themselves, the best way to get around, is to get out there and hike.
Zion has instituted a bus...
Zion has instituted a bus system (in May) where no cars are allowed in the valley. The system works out really good. It takes out traffic and congestion out of the park. They have so many buses that one comes by every 5-10 minutes.
(photo: The Narrows, at Zion)
The best way to travel through...
The best way to travel through Southern Utah is via Road Trip with a few of your very closest friends. They have to be open-minded like you, though! Anything can happen. Below is me and my friend driving through a dried up river bed in my Trooper.
Flying is definitely the...
Flying is definitely the fastest way to get to Utah. If you like driving, Utah has a lot of scenery along its freeways in the mountains.
Rent a car and humor us Utah drivers. UTA buses are also a good way to get around.
Car is the best way to get...
Car is the best way to get around. I'm not even sure you can realistically manage any other way. The distances are long between places and roads lightly traveled. Make sure your car is in good condition and fill up the gas tank often. Help may be a long way off - my friends and I once went over 2 and a half hours driving without seeing another car (on a 'major' State Highway).
Air travel to Utah is convient...
Air travel to Utah is convient from the Salt Lake City Airport. The southern area of the State is also accessible from the Las Vegas Nevada Internation Airport, but it involves driving about 100 miles into Utah.
Interstate highways cross the state from North to South and East to West
It's best if you can drive yourself. You'll want to stop often to view the scenery and distances to destinations can be long.
Salt Lake City, Provo, and Ogden have a decent public transportation system, but having been to Europe, don't expect that kind of convience here. Again, it's best if you can drive yourself
My family used to drive here...
My family used to drive here from Florida. While that drive is scenic and interesting, I am extremely partial to the airline route as an adult. Still, driving into Utah from the south is a beautiful drive. Just be sure that you take state highways to break the monotony of driving through the desert.
You NEED a car if you want to go to the neatest places in the state. However, if you are strictly interested in downtown Salt Lake, the new light rail system provides a convenient way to get around. Just stay clear of I-15.
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