Must-see attractions in Utah

  • Hikers stand on the summit of a high mesa overlooking the vast field of hoodoos at Goblin Valley State Park, Utah.

    Goblin Valley State Park

    Southeastern Utah

    A Salvador Dalí–esque melted-rock fantasy, a valley of giant stone mushrooms, an otherworldly alien landscape or the results of a cosmological acid trip?…


    Bryce Point

    Bryce Canyon National Park

    If you stop nowhere else along the scenic drive, be sure to catch the stunning views from Bryce Point. You can walk the rim above Bryce Amphitheater for…

  • Salt Lake City, Utah USA  - December 31, 2017: Natural History Museum of Utah

    Natural History Museum of Utah

    Salt Lake City

    Rio Tinto Center's stunning architecture forms a multistory indoor 'canyon' that showcases exhibits to great effect. Walk up through the layers as you…

  • Utah Olympic Park

    Park City

    Visit the site of the 2002 Olympic ski jumping, bobsledding, skeleton, Nordic combined and luge events, which continues to host national competitions…

  • Best Friends Animal Sanctuary


    Kanab's most famous attraction is outside town. Surrounded by more than 33,000 mostly private acres of red-rock desert 5.5 miles north of Kanab, Best…

  • Zion National Park

    Southwestern Utah

    A bold desert beauty, this 230-sq-mile park is a highlight of southern Utah. Hikes range from trails traipsing the ridge lines to river wading under steep…

  • A vista in Snow Canyon State Park, Utah

    Snow Canyon State Park

    St George

    Red and white swirls of sandstone flow like lava, and actual lava lies broken like sheets of smashed marble in this small, accessible park. Snow Canyon is…

  • Buffalo in Antelope Island State Park.

    Antelope Island State Park


    White-sand beaches, birds and buffalo are what attract people to the pretty, 15-mile-long Antelope Island State Park. That’s right, the largest island in…

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    Museum of Ancient Life

    Salt Lake City

    A family-friendly museum at Thanksgiving Point that houses one of the world's largest displays of mounted dinosaurs. The exhibits, many of which are hands…

  • Dinosaur Museum

    Southeastern Utah

    Blanding's Dinosaur Museum is fascinating and highly ambitious; it's aim is to cover the complete history of the world’s dinosaurs. Mummified remains and…

  • Maynard Dixon Living History Museum

    Southwestern Utah

    In Mt Carmel, the Architectural Digest–noted Maynard Dixon Living History Museum is where renowned Western painter Maynard Dixon (1875–1946) lived and…

  • Park City Museum

    Park City

    A well-staged interactive museum touches on the highlights of the town's history as a mining boomtown, hippie hangout and premier ski resort. There are…

  • Morning light illuminates the underside of Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park.

    Canyonlands National Park

    Southeastern Utah

    Covering 527 sq miles, Canyonlands is Utah's largest and wildest park. Indeed, parts of it are as rugged as almost anywhere on the planet. Arches, bridges…

  • Three Gossips in Arches National Park.

    Arches National Park

    Southeastern Utah

    One of the Southwest's most gorgeous parks, Arches boasts the world's greatest concentration of sandstone arches. Just 5 miles north of Moab on Hwy 191,…

  • Walking the Bryce Canyon Trail.

    Bryce Canyon National Park

    Southwestern Utah

    The Grand Staircase – a series of steplike uplifted rock layers stretching north from the Grand Canyon – dramatically culminates in the Pink Cliffs…

  • The Castle, Capitol Reef National Park.

    Capitol Reef National Park

    Southwestern Utah

    Termed 'the land of the sleeping rainbow' by Native Americans, this colorful desert landscape encompasses buttes and canyons replete with rock art, Mormon…

  • Valley of the Gods, Utah, United States of America, North America

    Valley of the Gods

    Southeastern Utah

    Up and over, through and around: the 17-mile unpaved road (County Rd 242) that leads through Valley of the Gods is like a do-it-yourself roller coaster…

  • Dramatic view of sandstone cliffs, mesas, and canyons from the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park in Utah.

    Island in the Sky

    Southeastern Utah

    You'll comprehend space in new ways atop the appropriately named Island in the Sky. This 6000ft-high flat-topped mesa drops precipitously on all sides,…

  • The Maze

    Southeastern Utah

    A 30-sq-mile jumble of high-walled canyons, the Maze is a rare preserve of true wilderness for hardy backcountry veterans. The colorful canyons are rugged…

  • Utah, Pictographs, Horseshoe Shelter Detail, Horsehoe Canyon, Canyon lands National Park. (Photo by: Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

    Horseshoe Canyon

    Southeastern Utah

    Way far west of Island in the Sky, Horseshoe Canyon shelters one of the most impressive collections of millennia-old rock art in the Southwest. The…

  • Sandstone structures in Valley of the Gods, part of Bears Ears National Monument.

    Bears Ears National Monument

    Southeastern Utah

    Designated as a National Monument in December 2016 as one of President Barack Obama's last acts, Bears Ears originally covered a large 1.35-million-acre…

  • Chesler Park at The Needles District of Canyonlands.

    The Needles

    Southeastern Utah

    Named for the spires of orange-and-white sandstone jutting skyward from the desert floor, the Needles District is so different from Island in the Sky that…

  • Woman walking in the gardens at Thanksgiving Point.

    Thanksgiving Point

    Salt Lake City

    Fifty-five acres of gardens, a petting farm, golf course, giant movie theater, dining and shopping: what doesn’t the Thanksgiving Point infotainment…

  • Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - July 30, 2019: Family History Library,  a genealogical research facility in Salt Lake City, operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    Family History Library

    Salt Lake City

    Thousands of people come to Salt Lake City every year to research their family history here, the largest genealogical resource on earth. Because the LDS…

  • Temple Square dominates the downtown neighborhood of Salt Lake City

    Temple Square

    Salt Lake City

    The city's most famous sight occupies a 10-acre block surrounded by 15ft-high walls. LDS docents give free, 30-minute tours continually, leaving from the…

  • Cedar Breaks National Monument

    Southwestern Utah

    Sculpted cliffs and towering hoodoos glow like neon tie-dye in a wildly eroded natural amphitheater encompassed by Cedar Breaks National Monument. The…

  • Spiral Jetty in the smmer with views of the Great Salt Lake.

    Spiral Jetty


    Created by Robert Smithson in 1970, this beyond-cool art installation is a 1500ft coil of rock and earth spinning out into the water. It's a little hard…

  • A girl watches the pendulum exhibit at Clark Planetarium at the Gateway Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah USA. (Photo by: Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

    Clark Planetarium

    Salt Lake City

    You'll be seeing stars at Clark Planetarium, home to the latest and greatest 3-D sky shows. There are free science exhibits and an IMAX theater, too. The…

  • Fruita Rural Historic District

    Southwestern Utah

    Fruita (froo-tuh) is a cool, green oasis, where shade-giving cottonwoods and fruit-bearing trees line the Fremont River's banks. The first Mormon…

  • Goosenecks State Park

    Southeastern Utah

    If you head north of Mexican Hat on Hwy 261, you'll come to a 4-mile paved road that turns west to Goosenecks. The attraction here is the mesmerizing view…

  • Sunrise Point

    Bryce Canyon National Park

    Marking the north end of Bryce Amphitheater, the southeast-facing Sunrise Point offers great views of hoodoos, the Aquarius Plateau and the Sinking Ship,…

  • Dead Horse Point State Park

    Southeastern Utah

    A tiny but stunning state park, Dead Horse Point has been the setting for numerous movies, including the opening scene from Mission Impossible II and the…

  • Rainbow Bridge National Monument

    Southeastern Utah

    Rainbow Bridge is the largest natural bridge in the world, at 290ft high and 275ft wide. A sacred Navajo site, it resembles the graceful arc of a rainbow…

  • Natural Bridge

    Bryce Canyon National Park

    Natural Bridge is an extremely popular stop, and with good reason: a stunning span of eroded, red-hued limestone juts from the edge of the overlook…

  • Yovimpa Point

    Bryce Canyon National Park

    Accessed by a paved path from the same parking lot as Rainbow Point, Yovimpa Point is one of the park’s windiest spots. The southwest-facing view reveals…

  • Rainbow Point

    Bryce Canyon National Park

    On a clear day you can see more than 100 miles from this overlook at the southernmost end of Bryce Canyon Scenic Dr. The viewpoint provides jaw-dropping…

  • McConkie Ranch Petroglyphs


    Worth the drive, the McConkie Ranch Petroglyphs sit 10 miles northeast of Vernal. The 800-year-old Fremont Indian petroglyphs require some rock scrambling…

  • Dixie National Forest

    Bryce Canyon National Park

    This national forest covers over 2 million acres with amazing hiking, biking, camping and exploring opportunities in the red rock country just outside…