Known as “rock country”, Utah is on my top 25 places to visit in US, simply because of the stunning natural attractions and many things to do outdoors the state has to offer.
If you had to describe Utah in a single word, it would be “glorious”. The Southern part of Utah, in particular, is filled with lovely scenic byways and many national parks.
If you are an adventurous explorer and back-country enthusiast, Utah is truly a paradise with outstanding scenery and gorgeous rock formations. Here are some of the interesting places to visit in Utah that I enjoyed the most:
Anasazi Indian Village
The Anasazi Indian Village State Park is located in the town of Boulder on the scenic highway State Route 12.
This place is one of the most interesting places to visit in Utah because is one of the oldest Native American sites. The park also has a lovely museum where you can see ancient artifacts.
As you drive through Escalante, the scenic views are astonishing and you can see for miles and miles.
The town of Escalante is also located on the scenic highway State Route 12, and the area is one of the best places to explore Utah’s remarkable and rugged terrain.
Because of the terrific landscape, Escalante is one of the best hiking spots in Utah and you can enjoy anything from day hikes to a backpacking adventure through the canyons.
Hill Aerospace Museum
The Hill Aerospace Museum is located in Riverdale Utah and it is one of the most interesting places to visit in Utah because the museum is located by the Hill Air Force base.
The whole family can actually enjoy a fun day out here, as you’re allowed to walk around, view and touch military aircrafts, missiles and bombs.
Calf Creek Falls
Calf Creek Falls is another amazing natural wonder in the state and one of the most interesting places to visit in Utah here you can explore amazing scenery.
Calf Creek Falls are located within Calf Creek Recreation Area, and features two sections: the Lower Falls and the Upper Falls.
The Lower Falls is by far the easiest to get to from Calf Creek campground and takes around 2.5 miles to get to. On the way to the Lower Falls area, you’ll pass breathtaking cliffs, beaver ponds and lovely ancient rock art.
Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park is for me one of the best places in the state where you can appreciate Utah’s stunning rock formations.
Capitol Reef National Park is one of the most interesting places to visit in Utah because the park has very unique sandstone formations, cliffs and coloured canyons. The canyons have lovely and vibrant reddish colors, and you can spend hours at the park hiking though the wonderful trails.
Red Canyon is a popular resort where you can experience the life of a real cowboy, enjoying fun scenic horseback rides though the majestic Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase National Monument.
Dinosaur National Monument spans a wide area, and within its boundaries you’ll see some remarkable examples of ancient rock art, fossils, bones exhibits and the dinosaur quarry where you can see various layers of dinosaur bones.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is without a doubt one of the most popular national parks in Utah, located northeast from the city of St. George UT, and not far from the town of Springdale Utah.
Zion Park is one of the most interesting places to visit in Utah for sure. If you’re visiting the park for the first time, one of the best ways to explore the park is by using the Zion Park shuttle service, which takes to all the important attractions and landmarks within the park.
Most interesting places to visit in Utah are actually located within a national park, and many charge an entry fee of around $15. It is a good idea purchasing a national park annual pass, which costs around $50, but you’ll save quite a bit as the National Park pass grants access for a car and all its passengers.