Boasting 12 national parks, Utah makes for a wild playground for the adventurous outdoorsman. From red rock canyons and sandstone desert in the South, to the snow-capped Wasatch mountain peaks in the North, the diverse scenery of this western state will stun even the most seasoned traveler. Formerly a conservative Mormon territory, the state and in particular, Salk Lake City and Park City, have developed into progressive towns with bustling nightlife and enticing food scenes. Visit Utah to experience its dramatic landscape and unique culture and history. Consult Travel + Leisure’s Utah Travel Guide for the best of this wild and wonderful state.
Things Not to Miss in Utah
• Monument Valley
• Hiking in Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon
• Visiting Salt Lake City
• Skiing in Deer Valley and Park City
• Driving to Four Corners – the only place in the United States where four states meet
When to Go to Utah
The best time to travel to Utah depends on your vacation plans. Those looking to enjoy winter sports on the northern mountain regions should visit from November to February when the powdery snow is plentiful. Hikers and mountain bikers should travel in the summer months when the snow has cleared. Those wishing to take in the majestic scenery of the desert and canyon in the south should travel in the shoulder seasons when the weather isn’t too extreme.