Utah

Utah is a land with mountains in the north, deserts in the south, and genuinely nice people everywhere. Popular itineraries include a Might 5 road trip to see Utah’s five national parks or mountain / urban trips to Salt Lake and Provo to enjoy the cities and escape to the mountains.

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Price point levels scaled for a 7-day visit for a couple and anchored on research and personal experiences.

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Language(s)

English

Currency

US Dollar

Reported for the US traveler with foreign countries rankings based on the US State Department's travel advisories.
Safety
Exercise Increased Caution

Reported for three representative cities within the destination via Weather Spark.

Climate (°F)
Summer Winter Avg
Park City 79 12
Central 93 23
St George 102 31
Outlets
Type-A
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Best Time to Visit

Moderate crowds and temperatures in April–May and September–October make these months the best time to visit Utah and its national parks. Spring boasts active wildlife and blooming flowers. Pleasant fall wraps Utah in colorful foliage along the scenic drives. Utah’s steep terrain and perfect lake effect power makes it an ideal ski destination in the winter.

Fun Facts

  • Utah’s Great Salt Lake is about four times saltier than any of the world’s oceans
  • More people visit Temple Square annually than they do the five National Parks in Utah
  • Utah is the only state where every county contains some part of a national forest
  • Salt Lake City is widely considered to be the next Silicon Valley
  • Utah eats more JELL-O per capita than anywhere else in the world
  • Salt Lake City has more plastic surgeons per capita than Los Angeles
  • Utah has more Eagle Scouts than any other state
  • Utah is the most charitable state according to WalletHub’s Charity Calculator
  • Pioneer Day (July 24) is an official Utah holiday that celebrates when the first group of Mormon pioneers came to the Salt Lake Valley (July 24, 1847)

Bucket-List Activities

  • Hike Mount Timpanogos Alpine Loop (Provo)
  • See the Metaphor tree on the Bonneville Salt Flats (Tooele)
  • Relax at Mystic Hot Springs (Monroe)
  • Ride the 275-mile long Paiute ATV Trail (Paiute)
  • Ski Alta (Alta)
  • Attend the Sundance Film Festival (Park City)
  • Hold on for dear life at Angels Landing (Zion)
  • Splash through The Narrows (Zion)
  • Go bobsledding at Utah Olympic Park (Park City)
  • Mountain biking slick rock (Moab)
  • Celebrate Christmas at Temple Square (Salt Lake City)
  • Go Canyoneering in Zion

Natural Wonders

  • Arches National Park (Moab)
  • Canyonlands National Park (Moab)
  • Zion National Park (Springdale)
  • Bryce Canyon National Park (Bryce Canyon City)
  • Mirror Lake (Provo)
  • Great Salt Lake (Magna)
  • Dead Horse Point State Park (Moab)
  • Capitol Reef National Park (Torrey)
  • Timpanogos Cave National Monument (American Fork Canyon)

Major Attractions

  • Utah Olympic Park (Park City)
  • Natural History Museum (Salt Lake City)
  • Hill Aerospace Museum (Hill AFB)
  • Red Butte Garden and Arboretum (Salt Lake City)
  • Temple Square (Salt Lake City)
  • The Mighty Five (Utah’s National Parks)
  • Cottonwood Canyons (both Big and Little) (Salt Lake City)

Native Foods

  • Scones ( Utah style fried scones scones are light and fluffy)
  • Bear Lake Raspberry Shakes (bonus points if the come from La Beau’s)
  • Pastrami Burgers (bonus points for Crown Burgers)
  • Green Jell-O ‘salad’ (with your choice of either cottage or cream cheese)
  • Dutch Oven Dinners (an homage to Utah’s pioneering past)
  • Fry Sauce (in a pinch, you can just mix mayonnaise and ketchup, Bonus points when served with Artic Burger fries)
  • Utah Honey (Utah is the Beehive State)

General Travel Tips

Common Phrases

  • The Mighty 5- Utah’s five national parks (Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, and Zion)
  • Alta is for Skiers – No snowboard is allowed there
  • Oh my heck – A euphemism to keep from saying naughty words
  • Fudge – What you say when you want to drop the f-bomb but shouldn’t
  • Zion Curtain – The 7′ barrier that bars and restaurants used to have to mix drinks behind
  • St. Geezy – Slang for St. George
  • Elder – 18 to 20-year-old young men who serve as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Point of the Mountain – The ridgeline that separates Salt Lake and Utah Counties

Enplanements scaled by the number of commercial passenger boardings that occurred at the airport in calendar year per Wikipedia

🛩 - Limited commercial air service

✈ - 25,000  - 100,000

✈✈ - 100,000 - 500,000

✈✈✈ - 500,000 - 1,000,000

✈✈✈✈ - 1,000,000+

Major Cities / Airports

  • Salt Lake City / Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC ✈✈✈✈) – Utah’s major airport and capital city.
  • Provo / Provo Municipal Airport (PVU ✈✈) – Home to BYU
  • St. George  / St. George Municipal Airport (SGU ✈) – Gateway to Zion and Southern Utah when you don’t want to fly through Vegas
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