6 Popular attractions in Utah, U.S.A. : For Great Outdoors!
I have never been to USA. Places like Utah are on my bucket list though. A visit to Utah offers an experience like no other, with serious thrills and adventures awaiting the visitor around every corner. Imagine spending a vacation rafting down the waters of the deep Cataract Canyon, or riding up to Slickrock of Moab Utah on a mountain bike, each step taken here is far away from the ordinary.
Utah has five National Parks and a plethora of state parks, which make it an ideal place to explore the wild from really up close. What makes it an even more exciting destination is the fact that Utah boasts of some really good places to stay. Utah cabin rentals is a good resource to find great deals on accommodation in Utah.
Some of the top most places to visit in new and unusual backdrops, both for recreation and education, are listed below:
- Arches National Park
The Arches National Park is situated just adjoining Moab town, and is famous for its more than 2000 naturally created stone arches. The park itself is located at an elevation higher than Moab, which makes the access to these impressive and unusual rock formations very picturesque.
Out of all the large number of arches, the one which stands out the most and is absolutely stunning is the inverted horseshoe arch, delicately projecting upwards against the backdrop of the scenic mountains far away.
There are plenty of good walking trails which lead up to these wonders, with the most popular sites being Devil’s Garden, Delicate Arch, Fiery Furnace, Broken Arch, among others.
- Monument Valley
The picturesque red colored mesas, buttes and the surrounding desert in Monument Valley have been home to numerous commercials and films because of the scenic environment. Located in the middle of the Navajo Indian Reservation in southeast Utah, near Arizona, the 17 hour drive to Monument Valley passes through some of the most spectacular desert scenery.
Many important rock formations and natural sites can be viewed on the route, which makes this park extremely popular with camera buffs. The visitor centre at the Monument Valley park gate affords stunning views of the huge 27,000 acre reservation. Guides are also available, and recommend, from the park gate for excursions beyond the designated routes.
- Zion National Park
For those in search of out of the world scenery and some of the most awesome hiking trails in the whole of US, then Zion National Park is the place to go. A short three hour drive from Las Vegas, will unfold waterfalls, lovely vistas and impressive red stone cliffs.
The best spots in the park are located in the Zion Canyon, which can be visited by taking the park bus. This trip touches all the important sites and hiking points, while passing through some tall sandstone monoliths and tower formations.
For hikers, the Angel’s Landing hike is the most demanding, while simple walks along the valley floor too are sought after. The 11 mile long Zion to Mount Carmel road leads to the park entrance from the eastern side. A chat with the in house artist at Grotto house is highly recommended for the important points of this park.
- Dinosaur National Monument
The breathtaking scenery, the crisp clean mountain air and raging rivers, along with a huge number of fossils dating back to the Jurassic era, makes the Dinosaur National Monument a must visit place in Utah.
The Quarry Hall has been strategically constructed on the top of an area of rock where fossils of the Dinosaurs can be easily and comfortably viewed, at close quarters, embedded in the walls of the Carnegie Quarry.
The Monument National Park also offers visitors other outdoor activities, like rafting, hiking and camping.
- Great Salt Lake
The 72 miles long, 34 miles wide and roughly 50 feet in depth, the Great Salt Lake has been formed from a larger freshwater lake by the name of Lake Bonneville. The lake can be approached by a 30 minute drive from Salt Lake City.
This lake was created due to a steady fall in the water table, and with no outlet left, the lake gradually evaporated and shrank absorbing with it the rich minerals from the soil of the surrounding desert.
The saline content of the lake is nearly eight times more than the ocean, as a result people can bathe in it without any fear of drowning. Recreational and bathing areas have been set up at the southern end.
- Cedar Breaks National Monument
Looking like a giant amphitheatre, from a distance, the Cedar Breaks National Monument is situated in southwest Utah. The best vantage point of this colourful and rocky landscape, can be had from Rim Drive. The minerals present in the cliff walls are responsible for the different colors of the cliffs.
Another place for good scenes can be reached by doing the popular 4 mile hike along the Ramparts Trail, which goes around the edge of the plateau to the Cedar Break amphitheatre viewpoint. The Alpine Pond Trail, is a circular 2 mile trek to a sub alpine portion of the forest and a pond. Though the views are not so spectacular, the trail is nonetheless very interesting.
Popularly known as the “Beehive State”, Utah has got its name from the native American Ute tribe, in whose language means people of the mountains. The principal tourist attractions here are jaw dropping landscapes and the parks and monuments. With Salt Lake City, being the capital, these Iconic landmarks steeped in rich Native American History go into making a visit to Utah rich and unforgettable.
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