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Best Utah Vacation Spots

Updated on November 22, 2017

Whether you’re coming from out of state or just seeking a weekend getaway there are many beautiful spots in Utah to do just that. From mountains to valleys here’s a guide of the best Utah vacation spots.


Arches National Park

Arches National Park is filled with countless hikes for outdoorsmen and even small walks for kids and older adventurers. However, you should come prepared for the heat. Every person in your group should have a large water bottle or camelback, sunscreen, and snacks. It’s very easy to get dehydrated on any trail so drink water constantly.


Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park seems more like it belongs on Mars than it does Earth. Its strange rock formations and colors keeps visitors impressed through every hike. If you want to avoid the heat you can take hikes that go through the bottoms of numerous slot canyons; if you want a day in the sun there are many hikes that admire the formations from a distance. For those who dislike crowds, I recommend going early in the morning or later in the evening as the middle of the day is filled with many tourists.

Silver Lake Glance

A weekend stay at this lake can be an easy way to get a breath of fresh air. Silver Lake Glance is located in American Fork Canyon. To get to the trailhead you have to drive on a dirt road; I recommend not taking an older car as they overheat and break down often on this road. The actual hike only takes 2 hours (longer with kids or older people) but is very steep. The lake is run-off from a glacier, so it is very cold at night. Pack a warm sleeping bag and a liner to be prepared. If you’re planning on fishing I recommend going in the early summer as that is when the lake is stocked with fish.

Tibble Fork Reservoir

Tibble Fork is a reservoir in American Fork Canyon below Silver Lake. The road is paved all the way there, so don’t worry about what vehicle you take. The reservoir has a small dock that is good to fish off of and many sandy banks as well. If you are planning on bringing children make sure they have a life jacket as the water can drop from 4 to 20 feet deep in certain areas. This is a popular lake for locals so be prepared for some crowds.

Temple Square

Temple Square is located in the heart of the capitol, Salt Lake City. It’s best to visit during the Christmas season as every tree is wrapped in Christmas lights. Even if you don’t go during Christmas, Temple Square has many beatific buildings, historic sites, and many museums.

I hope you were able to pick a place to visit during your stay in Utah, have a nice vacation.

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