Utah home to ‘the Mighty Five’ National Parks, and they are each very special. Its landscape comprises mountains, high plateaus, and deserts. The state is known for its diverse economy; the main sectors contributing to Utah’s economy are transportation, education, information technology, government services, and tourism. The state is known for its incredible healthcare, governance, education, and infrastructure and is ranked as one of the best states in America. We loved our time in Utah, so keep reading to learn more about this state.
First, a little history…
Indigenous groups inhabited Utah before the Spanish became the first Europeans to enter Utah. After the Mexican American War in 1884, the United States annexed the Utah Territory. The Mormons settled in the Salt Lake City Valley. Different disputes hindered its admission to the union; however, once polygamy was outlawed, it entered the union in 1896 as the 45th state of the United States of America.
Travel Guides for this State
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Zion National Park
Red rock cliffs, waterfalls, and splendid vistas make up the scenery of Zion National Park. It is located around a three-hour drive from Las Vegas. A sightseeing bus also takes visitors through the park and stops at all major sites and trailheads. Self-driving routes such as the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway also allow visitors to take a drive in their vehicles and enjoy the incredible views of the valley from higher viewpoints. The hiking here is incredible!
Stretching across the border of Utah and Arizona, Monument Valley has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors throughout the years with its captivating scenery. Known for their giant sandstone formations, these towering monuments make for a sight that cannot be explained with mere words; you have to see it with your own eyes to believe it. These are just mountains, canyons, or big rocks, but something more special and unique. For all the photography enthusiasts, there is Valley Drive, a one-way, seventeen-mile, self-drive dirt road where you will get plenty of opportunities to capture the raw beauty of this Valley. The Monument Valley Visitor Center also offers a beautiful view and is an excellent option for the ones who do not want to go for a drive. The center can also arrange guides for those who want to go deeper into the Valley to explore some of the less frequented parts of the Valley.
Temple Square in Salt Lake City
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints headquarters is in downtown Salt Lake City. While the main temple is not open to the general public, there are many buildings and exhibits that are. All visitors are welcome to sit and enjoy the Tabernacle Choir or visit the Genealogy Center to research your family history. This collection of information is the most extensive in the world. Many people come to the center to work at their leisure.
Some other notable places:
Utah’s Ski Resorts
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dinosaur National Monument
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