The Ultimate Utah Travel Guide

The Ultimate Utah Travel Guide

Utah Travel Guide

Utah:  The landscape of Utah is quite spectacular! Huge canyons, arches, and spires all painted with vivid colors, Utah is where you can see some of nature’s most wondrous creations! Here is my Utah travel guide outlining the major attractions! 

To make it easy for you to navigate the content, I have organized my Utah travel guide into two sections. (1) A brief introduction to Utah, a little history, some geography, commute, and weather. (2) Major Utah attractions, if you wish, you can skip the introduction and move on to the next section, Utah Attractions.

History: Utah became the 45th member of the union on Jan. 4, 1896. Utah is the 13th largest state by area and is home to some of the best National Parks and natural wonders of the nation. Including Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and Arches National Park. Utah got its nickname, The Beehive State, from the early Mormon settlers of the region, who carried “swarms of bees” with them.

Geography: Utah is bordered by Idaho and Wyoming on the north and by Arizona on the south. On the east, Utah is bordered by Colorado and by Nevada on the west. Utah meets New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona at right angles, it’s the one and only such meeting of states in the entire US. Located in the Rocky Mountain Region, Utah is a land of snow-covered mountain peaks, natural rock formations, arches, and beautifully colored canyons. 

Getting There

Flight: Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is the major airport in Utah, with few other regional airports like – Ogden-Hinckley Airport (OGD) and St. George Regional Airport (SGU). If you’re going to Utah to visit the Arches National Park, flying into SLC is best for you but if you wish to see Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park, then you could fly into Las Vegas and then drive to Bryce Canyon and Zion National park.

Drive: Depending on which part of Utah you want to explore and where you live, you could drive to Utah, it’s easily accessible by interstates and major U.S. highways.

Train: Amtrak offers a rail service called California Zephyr connecting – Chicago, Omaha, Denver, Salt Lake City, and Emeryville (San Francisco).


Climate: Summers are scorching in Utah, with average high temperatures between 85°F to 100°F. The average low temperatures in the winter hit 10°F to 30°F with heavy snowfall. In winter, the temperatures in the majority of the state drop below 0°F, except the high mountains where the temperatures are comparatively higher between 30°F  to 55°F. Spring and autumn have the most comfortable weather conditions and is the best time to visit. Check current weather in Utah.

Time zone: Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-6

Getting around: Utah is vast; the best option to get around the state is renting a car. However, if that’s not an option, there are few other alternatives in Utah – TRAX light rail, FrontRunner commuter rail, and the UTA bus system.

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Best Places To Visit in Utah

Arches National Park

Located in Moab, Utah, Arches National Park is simply enchanting! The park contains the highest density of natural arches in the entire world, more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches.

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Located in southwestern Utah is the magnificent Bryce Canyon National Park. It’s a wonderland in the midst of the desert, filled with a spectacular maze of red, orange, and white hoodoos.

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Zion National Park

Located in southwestern Utah, Zion stands out for its geological wonders, the meeting place of the water and sand, creates a dramatic landscape. Zion National Park is home to the popular Zion Canyon.

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