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10 Best Places in Utah

June 25, 2009 10:45 am

At first glance, Utah seems boring, full of Mormons and maybe some reclusive ski chalets. However, there’s a lot more to Utah than you think. TravelPod member newatlas has lived in Utah his whole life. He shared his list of favourite destinations with us in the TravelPod forums.

1. Moab, Arches National Park

Cgibbons18's campsite in Devil's Garden campground

Cgibbons18's campsite in Devil's Garden campground

Gazed at the beauty of Arches at sunset on the 45-minute drive into the park to Devil’s Garden campground in the back. – Cgibbons18

2. Zion National Park

Zeke65 loved the scenery in Zion National Park

Zeke65 loved the scenery in Zion National Park

Have spent the day in amongst some of the beautiful scenery. We took the shuttle to different stops in the Park and walked to see even more delightful scenery. It keeps getting better. – Zeke65

3. Park City

Lstoneham tries out the bobsled in Park City, Utah

Lstoneham tries out the bobsled in Park City, Utah

This was the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics, and is a big ski area, receiving 500 inches of snow a year. Since it was off-season, the downtown with all its trendy restaurants and shops was slow. We took a tour of the Olympic site, and heard how really difficult and dangerous luge, skeleton, bobsled, and free-style skiing really are. – Lstoneham

4. The high Uintas

Brent-n-toby's friend Barb playing with dogs in the Uinta mountains

Brent-n-toby's friend Barb playing with dogs in the Uinta mountains

On Saturday we went to the Uinta Mountains and did a 5 mile hike with the her and the dogs (Ollie and Peter). Toby actually quite enjoyed it alot even though he cant remember the last time he walked 5 miles! – Brent-n-toby

5. The Wasatch Mountains

Mwilliams79 went horseback riding in the Wasatch Mountains

Mwilliams79 went horseback riding in the Wasatch Mountains

We got started on the ride and saw some great scenery. Howard didn’t like how slow the others were going (we were in the back) and spent a good portion of the trail with his nose up Chubbs’ butt, I’d stop to give some space and he just picked up the pace to catch up! We stopped in front of the falls and had our picture taken and then continued on up the mountain. About halfway through I started to feel it in my knees and seat, but I just continued looking at the scenery and barely noticed it. – Mwilliams79

6. Downtown Salt Lake

Bot989 was not allowed to go into the Mormom Tabernacle in Salt Lake City

Bot989 was not allowed to go into the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City

The Temple of the Church of the Latter Day Saints is interesting but they wouldn’t let us in, something about not being a mormon, go figure? – Bot989

7. Lake Powell

Dymphna9817 thought Lake Powell was beautiful

Dymphna9817 thought Lake Powell was beautiful

We stayed just one day at Lake Powell, driving over the Hoover Dam to get here. We took a boat tour out to Antelope Canyon which was beautiful and it would have been nice to spend a bit more time here to have a proper look around this huge body of water. – Dymphna9817

8. White water rafting down the Colorado or Green Rivers

Sackitoff capsize their boat in the Colorado rapids

Sackitoff capsize their boat in the Colorado rapids

We made it through the first few rapids without any problems, including the tricky Rocky Rapid where there was a photographer from a company in town snapping photos so we even have pictures of us making our way through the rapids–we almost look like we know what we’re doing! – Sackitoff

9. Antelope Island

Alifebeinglived on Antelope Island at sunset

Alifebeinglived on Antelope Island at sunset

Antelope Island State Park, just outside of Layton, Utah. I caught it just as the sun was setting! – Alifebeinglived

10. Bingham Canyon Mine

Dlpool was not so impressed by the Bingham Copper Mine

Dlpool was not so impressed by the Bingham Copper Mine

Last night, we met our other Sea Breeze neighbors: Leonard & Ruth from Temple, Texas. They have been here for several days so I asked what we should do and they recommended a visit to the Bingham Copper Mine – the largest open pit mine in the world – located about 40 miles north of Provo. Wendell had flown over it many times in his flying days and has been in awe of its size and engineering so he was eager to see it firsthand. I made a stroll through the center, but not being as enthralled with all the equipment and processes it didn’t take me but a few minutes before heading straight to the gift shop. I will say, in its defense, that it is truly a marvel and anyone coming this way should take a look at this immense pit. It is over a mile deep and two miles wide and even shows up on NASA satellites. – Dlpool

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Posted by starlagurl

Categories: Hot places

Tags: 2002 Winter Olympics, Antelope Island, Arches National Park, Bingham Canyon Mine, Colorado River, Green River, Moab, Mormon, Mormon Tabernacle, Mormons, Park City, Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, Tabernacle of the Church of Latter Day Saints, Uinta Mountains, Uintas, Utah, Wasatch Mountains, White water rafting, Zion National Park

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8 Responses to “10 Best Places in Utah”

  1. This is a great list! I couldn’t agree with it more.
    But someone clearly is mistaken about Tabernacles and Temples. You are showing a picture of the Mormon TEMPLE. Non-mormons are not allowed inside this house of worship.
    The Salt Lake TABERNACLE is most definitely open to the public, holds musical performances regularly, and looks like this- http://findingourway.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/temple-square6.jpg

    By erinannie on June 25, 2009 at 3:36 pm

  2. Oh and I have to mention 1 other thing. Don’t visit the Bingham Copper Mine. There are so many other incredible things to see in Utah, why waste your time on a big gigantic pit?
    Go see the spiral jetty, or the bobsled parks, or zip wires in Park City. Visit Thanksgiving Point gardens. Or tour around St George. But the copper pit? BORING!

    By erinannie on June 25, 2009 at 3:40 pm

  3. OK, thanks for the headsup Erinannie, I fixed it.

    By starlagurl on June 26, 2009 at 9:12 am

  4. Thanks for the list! I recently moved to Utah and am LOVING it here! I just wanted to mention that the first picture under ‘Moab, Arches NP’ is actually from Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado… I’ve actually been following the travel blog that that picture is from- I think they did the entry in Moab, but the picture isn’t from Arches.

    By 78ers on June 26, 2009 at 9:58 am

  5. You’re right. I changed the photo to be more accurate.

    By starlagurl on June 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

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  7. Please tell me which part of Utah has warm weather, but green pastures for my horses. Little snow would be ok, however no more than 12 inches each month. Thanks!

    By Lori on August 24, 2009 at 12:04 pm

  8. Lori, it would probably be a good idea to post this question in the TravelPod forums: http://www.travelpod.com/forums where more people will see it and have a chance to answer.

    By starlagurl on August 24, 2009 at 12:51 pm



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