If you’re like most Americans, you work hard to get ahead in life, or sometimes just to stay afloat. From time to time though, you need to get away from your home city, and possibly even your home state. A few days or even a week away can be quite a boon to maintaining your composure, reducing your stress, and elevating your mood. Seeing new things and going new places does wonders in refreshing the mind and soul. If you’re not sure where to head for an upcoming vacation, consider the state of Utah.
Many individuals do not necessarily think of Utah as a vacation destination. There’s even a common stereotype of the state being all desert and full of Mormons. That’s not to say there’s not a lot of desert, there is, and there are many Mormons here. However, there’s a lot more to the state than these two aspects. Besides, you’ll find that the desert areas are beautiful and Mormons are actually quite nice and friendly people. Tourists in Utah usually get treated better than in other nearby states that get overrun with hordes of visitors, like Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona.
Salt Lake City is the predominant metropolitan area in the state, if you’re looking for a heavily populated area to stay in. There’s quite a few unique museums covering the state’s history, the Mormon religion and culture, but also the geography and Native Americans of this state. Plenty of eating and entertainment happen here as well, and even professional sports action.
The real fun in Utah lies outside the city. Enjoy some sun and splashing in the water on the shores of the Great Salt Lake, in the areas that still have water. The salt flats are chances to see engineers and daredevils try and break land speed records with the fastest cars ever built. The mountains of this state offer plenty of chances for hiking up to elevations with breathtaking views, but during the winter, or whenever its cold enough, some of the slopes are open for skiing and snowboarding, often much cheaper than Colorado’s slopes too.
The many canyons and valleys make for a chance to break from the heat and enjoy some of the nation’s best rafting and river boating. Fishing in Utah is a chance to really get away from it all, if that’s your thing.