When it comes to road trips in the USA, you’d be hard pressed to find a reason to skip Utah. Encompassing nearly 85,000 miles, Utah is the 13th largest state in America, but the 35th largest in population, which means there are plenty of open spaces to explore, including five national parks (dubbed The Mighty 5), an All-American Road, ski resort towns that provide year-round fun and so much more. In fact, road trips are so popular in Utah, the team at VisitUtah.com has developed a few itineraries to make the most of your time in the Beehive State. After a trip to Utah, we developed our own Mighty 5 (in no particular order) to spark the imagination.
By “Sunday Morning” contributing videographer Judy Lehmberg. “A hell of a place to lose a cow!” That’s what early pioneer Ebenezer Bryce said about Bryce Canyon. I have to admit geology isn’t my favorite science. I agree with Sheldon Cooper from the best sitcom on TV, “The Big Bang Theory,” who says geology is not a real science and calls geologists the “Kardashians of science.” I would rather see something cute and fuzzy than something cold and hard, but I have to admit Bryce Canyon is an exception.
Located in the western part of the US, Utah is known to be a center for mining and countless tourist destinations that are intended for outdoor leisure and recreation. With over 3 million local residents, it’s also considered to be one of the best picked tourist destination among the 50 states of the country.
Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah shimmers in sunlight and snow. (Bryce Canyon is shown in slide #4)
Just like the National Park Service celebrated 100 years in 2016, so is a family-owned hotel just outside Bryce Canyon National Park.
One hundred years ago, Ruby Syrett built Bryce Canyon’s first tourist lodge. During this time, Bryce Canyon was growing in popularity, and visitors began traveling from all over to see why. The photos below feature the “then and now” of Bryce Canyon National Park. The juxtaposition of century-old and modern photos depicts small and large changes in this world-renowned park.
If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound? Probably. If you climb the top of Mount Everest, but never took a selfie, did it really happen? Questionable. As a jet setter, it’s your unwritten duty to document your travels and share your incredible experiences with friends and followers. And here are the absolute best places on earth to do it.
One of the best things about Southern Nevada is that it’s surrounded by abundant natural beauty, with sweeping landscapes and majestic vistas accessible within a four- or five-hour drive in any direction. Great Basin National Park is Nevada’s only officially designated national park, but Southern Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park — a 262-mile drive — is actually closer to Las Vegas.
Its tourism moniker is “Color Country,” but the locals call it “God’s country,” the scenic area of Utah that encompasses Bryce Canyon National Park and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. It is a fantastical fairyland of colorful arches and hoodoos worthy of both descriptions.
As the USA’s National Park Service celebrates its centenary, we’re profiling the wilderness areas it manages. Today: The national parks of Utah . . .