Known for its world-class outdoor recreational activities and iconic landscapes in the National Parks, Utah is increasingly popular with visitors enjoying a bustling restaurant scene, an impressive museum selection, culture and of course its luxury travel experiences.
The beauty of it all is that you can customize your vacation in Utah to encompass all or some of everything it has to offer, from the ski slopes and mountain hikes to the more relaxed scene in Salt Lake City.
Utah is home to some glorious luxury mountain lodges, boasting spectacular scenic views. But if luxury isn’t your thing or you are vacationing on a budget, there are some very affordable cabins and hotels available too. So now that you have an idea of Utah, let’s now check out some of the places to go and cultural events on in Utah!
Rockin’ Road Trips
Road trips around Utah are exceptional for their tremendous diversity of scenic display, in addition to how Utah culturally stands out from states in the west of America. Each journey provides you with a paradise of pictures, a tease for hiker’s and a geologist’s dream discovery. So what better way to see Utah than the good old American road trip!
Bring your camera and binoculars, some snacks for the road and be prepared to embark on an amazing journey through one of America’s great lands. Many roads also serve as great road cycling routes but be careful of which season you visit in – these rocky lands can get very hot in summer!
Below are just some of the great road trips you can take on your Utah vacation:
The All-American Road
Through a spectacular piece of land, this man-made road this route offers splendid photo opportunities and Scenic Byway 12 is one of those must-do drives.
The highlights of this trip: Capitol Reef, Red Canyon and Bryce Canyon national parks, Kodachrome Basin and Escalante Petrified Forest state parks and Calf Creek Falls.
Located in: Southern Utah
Starting point: Panguitch or Torrey
The Unexpected Southwest
Southwest Utah is widely known for its impressive list of canyons and hoodoos, but it also amazes with its diverse beauty thought the less well-known red rock landscapes that simply cannot be compared.
The highlights of this trip: Snow Canyon, Kolob, and Capitol Reef Canyons
Located in: Southwest Utah
Starting point: St. George
Panoramas of Ancient Life
Visit some iconic places on roads that intersect with a prehistoric and monumental formation.
The highlights of this trip: Canyonlands National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Located in: Southeast Utah/Four Corners Region
Starting point: Monticello
Why not familiarise yourself with Moab by hiking and biking, eating and gazing at the stars!?
The highlights of this trip: The national parks of Canyonlands and Arches, Dead Horse Point State Park, rafting on the Colorado River, dining in Moab
Located in: Southeast Utah
Starting point: Moab (at adventure basecamp)
The Family Adventure
If you’re bringing the kids along too, go and see some dinosaurs and the likes and the wonderful petroglyphs of the “World’s Longest Art Gallery” in this rugged and beautiful environment.
The highlights of this trip: Goblin Valley State Park, Nine Mile Canyon
Located in: Central Utah
Starting point: Price City
Culture and Events
Many visitors come to Utah not only for the incredible outdoor activities. A lot of people will also look for the local events, to give them a more local-feel vacation. Many events and festivals take place through the year perfect for getting a more inclusive element into your vacation.
Annual festivals and local events celebrate Utah artistry, diversity and in general the human spirit.
You can plan to attend Sundance Film Festival, and then the slopes afterward. Besides Sundance, there is also the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival. You could attend this and then head off to Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks just right around the corner.
Top Annual Utah Festivals
As mentioned above, the Sundance Film Festival takes place in Park City every January and is considered to be the premier U.S. display of American and international indie film.
Living Traditions Festival: Artists, performers, and volunteers — of Ecuadorian, Samoan, Mexican, Polish, Greek origins bring this to life. Presented by the Arts Council in Salt Lake City, this festival is 32 years running and plays a host to the cultural variety Utah has to offer.
The Utah Arts Festival: This festival showcases everyone from local and national artists to international talent and attracts thousands of visitors, hundreds of artists and performers since it first started over three decades ago.
Additional Summer Series and Festivals
There are also numerous other events and festivals on. Join in the thousands at the Twilight Concert Series at Salt Lake’s Pioneer Park. This showcases national acts and local support acts and the entry fee is minimal at only $5 if booked in advance or just $10 on the day of a show.
For those of you fascinated by performing arts at a high level, the six-week stint of the Utah Festival Opera in Logan will be right up your street! Also, there is expanded programming including guest speakers and workshops for those of you with a passion for opera and performance.
So whether you are seeking an adventurous wild west road trip in a Ford Mustang or just looking for a relaxing culturally vibrant vacation in Salt Lake City, Utah is certainly a destination with a wide appeal.