Tabletop buttes, red-rock slot canyons and wind-sculpted sandstone arches — you’ll find all the landscapes that visually define the American Southwest in Utah. In its 13 national parks and monuments, you can also see pine-covered mountains, snow-dusted peaks and dinosaur bones baked into the bedrock.
A trip to Utah is all about outdoor exploration, and our specialists have hiked, rafted and cycled across the state, from the waters of the Great Salt Lake in the northwest to the brick-red stone mesas at Monument Valley in the south. They can suggest the best place to photograph the totem-pole-shaped hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park, help you find 1,000-year-old petroglyphs at Capitol Reef and tell you how to get away from the crowds in Zion.
Whether you’re an experienced hiker or have just bought your first pair of hiking boots, we can suggest the best ways for you to explore state's the parks. We can recommend trails that lead you to sweeping vistas and arrange for private guides who can take you deep into backcountry. You could also star-gaze in an International Dark Sky Reserve or try white-water rafting on the Colorado River’s rapids.
Places to visit in Utah
Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting Utah, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travelers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.
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Places in and around Utah
- Arches National Park Utah
- Bryce Canyon National Park Utah
- Canyonlands National Park Utah
- Moab Utah
- Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Utah
- Salt Lake City Utah
- Torrey Utah
- Zion National Park Utah
- Grand Junction 248 kilometers away
- Page 268 kilometers away
- Kayenta, Monument Valley 306 kilometers away
- Mesa Verde National Park 347 kilometers away
- Telluride 348 kilometers away
- Grand Canyon National Park 375 kilometers away
- Durango 383 kilometers away
- Aspen 393 kilometers away
- Vail 433 kilometers away
- Flagstaff 460 kilometers away
- Teton Village - Grand Teton National Park 478 kilometers away
- Winslow 483 kilometers away
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Accommodation choices for Utah
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Utah. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens is a fantastically located boutique resort situated just outside of Zion National Park. This riverside property benefits from some fabulous views and is surrounded by the red rock of Zion Canyon.
Hugging the banks of the Virgin River, Cable Mountain Lodge lies just steps away from the Zion National Park Visitor Centre. As a result, it serves as a great base for exploring the natural beauty of Zion National Park.
Enveloped by red dessert and towering rock formations, The View places guests in the heart of the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Spacious rooms with private balconies and traditional local decor give an unrivalled view of the cinematic surroundings.
The Capitol Reef Resort, the closest hotel to Capitol Reef National Park, is located close to Hickman's Bridge and the Prehistoric Petroglyphs.
Surrounded by the stunning landscape of Bryce Canyon, this is a comfortable base from which to explore the national park's incredible natural amphitheatres and twisted rock formations.
Bryce Canyon Lodge has a rustic 1920s charm and is the only accommodation option in Bryce Canyon National Park, where you’ll be surrounded by dramatic and colourful rock formations.
Located in the heart of the Grand Circle and adjacent to the Navajo Tribal Park, and the stunning setting of Monument Valley, Goulding's Lodge offers views from every angle.
Situated adjacent to the Salt Palace Convention Center, this Hilton hotel offers panoramic views over the snow-capped peaks of the Wasatch Mountains and city skyline from its 499 rooms and suites.
Set against a backdrop of the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountain Ranges, The Grand America is a Salt Lake City landmark.
Conveniently located within walking distance of many of the city's attractions or just a short tram ride away, Little America offers stylish and elegant accommodation and a wealth of facilities.
Set amidst extensive green pastures alongside the Colorado River and surrounded by southern Utah's dramatic rock formations and wide-open desert skies, Sorrel River Ranch provides a luxurious base from which to explore the Canyonlands and Arches national parks.
Situated high on the banks of the Colorado River, the Red Cliffs Lodge is 15 miles outside Moab and offers comfortable accomodations in a dramatic setting.
Located in the heart of Moab, within walking distance of local restaurants and just a short drive from Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, this hotel is a great place to base yourself whilst exploring the local area's highlights.
The Aarchway Inn is a simple yet comfortable hotel nestled between the picturesque Red Rock Cliffs and buttes of the Colorado River.