Top 10 Places to Visit in Utah

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Top 10 Places to Visit in Utah

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Utah is a unique state to visit in the United States based on my own experience and research that I have done! Did you know? There are a total of 5 national parks in this state. The cliffs, mountains, and waterfalls are spectacular. Below are the top 10 places to visit in Utah.

1- Zion National Park-

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You will find red rock cliffs, slot canyons, and incredible scenery. The high cliffs of Zion formed four million years ago through a process where rock layers were broken, pushed up and on their side, eroded, and cracked. Observation Point and the Canyon Overlook are the hikes that I went on. The entire rest of the park was closed off at the time due to Covid. According to research, popular hikes that we did not get to that I would like to see one day include Angel’s Landing, The Narrows, and Weeping Rock.

2- Lake Powell-

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Lake Powell is a reservoir made by humans. The lake stretches 2,000 miles making it a great place to go kayaking, swimming, wakeboarding, and on a boat. You can also see the breathtaking blue lake by going on various hiking trails nearby. 

3- Arches National Park-

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Wow!! What an excellent park that is well-maintained. There are tons of different, easy hikes and beautiful landscapes that are marked. I highly recommend walking to the Sand Dune Arch. Other famous hikes to experience include the Double Arch Trail, Landscape Arch, and the Elephant Butte.

4- Bryce Canyon-

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Bryce Canyon is stunning and unforgettable. I have never seen anything so incredible. How were the hoodoos formed? Water erosion is responsible for the hoodoos. The rock types are limestone, siltstone, dolomite, and mudstone. 

5- Mystic Hot Springs-

After Bryce Canyon, drive two hours to the Mystic Hot Springs. The Mystic Hot Springs was empty and beautiful. The Mystic Hot Springs were mystical and oh so hot at 102 degrees. This spot is peaceful. 

6- Monument Valley-

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The 1,000 ft. tall sandstone formations are sights you do not want to miss. The best spot to get incredible views of this park is at the Monument Valley Visitor Center. Tourists can also see the Lower Monument Valley and the Mystery Valley. 

7- Park City Mountain Resort-

This ski resort sits on 7,300 acres of mountain and will be a great adventure if you love to ski!

8- Canyonlands National Park-

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This national park is home to million-year-old canyons and rock formations that resulted in the Colorado River. 

9- Homestead Crater-

Homestead Center is a geothermal spring under a 55-foot limestone rock. You can swim, snorkel, or scuba dive in the hot waters!

10- Salt Lake City-

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Salt Lake City is packed with ski resorts because you can go skiing year-round. 

Bonus: Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument-

This park sits on 1.9 million acres making it America’s largest national monument. 

Have you ever been to Utah? Please comment down below about your experience!

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