Utah has the highest literacy rate in the United States, but in natural terms, it is the second-driest state in the United States after Nevada. Moreover, Utah’s Great Salt Lake is about four times saltier than any of the world’s oceans. Utah is also a quirky state since here it is illegal to hire trombone players to play on the street to advertise an auction, to fish while on horseback or to hunt whales. But the Utahns (residents of Utah) are proud of their state. If you want to look in on a state which has one of the driest snowfalls on one side and less than five inches of rain fall on another side then just hop on a plane to reach here. There are cabins for rent in Utah so you will be comfortable in here for sure.
So let us scout out some places to be on the lookout for while in Utah:
- Nine Mile Canyon: No one actually knows why it is called so since the canyon runs for 40 miles. It is also touted as ‘the world’s longest art gallery’ with lots of intricate and extensive images from the Fremont era, from later Native Americans and western settlers and explorers during the 19th century. Many of the images depict hunting scenes and animal life while some do evade easy identification. If you go down through the canyon, you will also come face to face with a ghost town called Harper which was once a stagecoach stop. If you are fascinated by ancient art, then we advise paying the Nine Mile Canyon a trip.
- The Trembling Giant: Also known as Pando, this is an enormous grove of quaking aspens. It is actually a single organism since the trees in the grove are genetically identical. Spanning 107 acres and weighing 6,615 tons is the most massive organism of the world. Not only that, it is also one of the world’s oldest organism as well as it is dated to be about a million years old. Certainly a never miss site for people who want to appreciate the natural bounty of Utah.
- Bonneville Salt Flats: This unassuming area of flat land, extending off into the distance as far as the eye can see is about 90 minutes west of Salt Lake City. This natural salt flat is perfectly flat, devoid of all vegetation, and most of the time has a hard surface, which during certain times of the year makes it the world’s fastest race course. Make sure to time your vacation in August since Speed Week is held here then. But other than that it is generally empty for miles. Perhaps it is ideal for some mid vacation contemplation.
- Coral Pink Sand Dunes: Want to watch something vivid and exciting? Then check out the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, near Kanab. These shifting sands change color with the time of day, and the undulating dunes constantly play with light and shadow. While there are scenic places to explore in here, hiking is most recommended so that you can explore hour corner of the park.
- Calf Creek Falls: This waterfall is one of the USA’s most gorgeous and it is a welcome sight during summer road trips. Winding through colorfully streaked sandstone in a surprisingly broad gorge tucked within Escalante’s canyon country, Calf Creek is a sight to behold. Although the trail is flat, but by the time you will work up a swear along that 3 mile hike, you will be more than ready to take a plunge into the perfect pool below the falls. If you want to extend your stay then we would advise camping out at the campgrounds near the railhead.
- Temple Square: Owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, these lush green grounds are a sight for the sore eyes I’m the big city. Apart from the lush vegetarian, the 35 acres are also full of magnificent architecture as this was the site of the original settlement by Mormon pioneers in 1847. Thus, the Temple Square still speaks to the rich history and culture of Salt Lake Valley. Climb up the Church Office Building’s 26th-story observation deck for enjoying huge views of the entire valley. You can also lounge in the gardens, take guided history tours and visit museums. Open every day of the week, everything is free here (except dining that is).
- Little Hollywood: A lot of movies are shot in Utah, especially movies pertaining to the wild west. “Little Hollywood” is the nickname for Kanab, which is a hard working ranch town that got quickly transformed by the big screen. Kanab also acts as the gateway to various places like the Grand Canyon, Vermillion Cliffs and Zion Canyon. You can find movie sets, memorabilia, and history exhibits in there since little Hollywood’s still maintains those memories.
- Peek-a-Boo and Spooky Slot Canyons: These orange and pink tight spaces in the canyon are perfect for people who want a slight thrill after coming off a three-mile round-trip hike from Hole-in-the-Rock Road, in the Grand Staircase/Escalante area. These narrow slots don’t present any actual danger and can be easily explored as a small outing. But we would not recommend claustrophobic trying it.
Utah is a place of hidden natural treasures. It has little haunts which only locals know about, these local known places are arguably more enjoyable because they are infused with myths as well. So if you would like to explore something a bit off track, then head on over here.