Utah is blessed with some of the most remarkable landscapes in the US; prime among them a series of beautiful canyons, national parks, forests and monuments that cover the southern half of the state. In the north the towering snow-capped Wasatch Mountains are a haven for skiers that have played host to the Winter Olympics. Utah's only major city, Salt Lake City, is best known as the world headquarters of the Mormon Church, whose followers make up 70% of Utah's population.
Top itineraries in Utah
The deserts of south-west USA are home to some of the most incredible landscapes anywhere on earth. A geological wonderland of giant twisted rock formations, huge arches, spires and some of the deepest canyons on earth characterise this unique and unforgiving terrain.
Top places to stay in Utah
A remote, bijou hideaway tucked away in a protected valley, Amangiri offers pampered guests views out over dunes and plateaus to mountain ridges from its private outdoor lounges and spa, a slice of luxury in the wild.
A low key retreat in a beautiful location, serenely situated between two red rock cliffs and ideally placed between Bryce and Moab. There is a main lodge and 7 casitas with kitchenettes and BBQ grill outside. Meals and other activities can be organised by prior arrangement.
This historic lodge has offered unrivalled access to the tranquil wilderness of the Bryce Canyon National Park since 1925 and today houses two restaurants, a gift shop, comfortable accommodation and a range of activities.
Where to go in Utah
From twisted spires and arching rocks to mighty rivers and red-rock deserts framed by snow-capped peaks, Moab's Arches and Canyonlands national parks are Utah's adventure capital. Explore it all on activities that range from hikes and bike rides to river rafting and rock climbing.
Reshaped over millenia by wind, rain and ice, Zion Canyon lies at the very heart of its national park namesake. A six-mile scenic road will introduce you to its red-and-white cliffs framed by wild meadows and hanging gardens, while guided hikes bring you to spectacular overlooks.
The famous buttes and mesas of Monument Valley rise up along scenic Highway 163. These ancient rocks, famed for their starring role in countless Hollywood Westerns, are a stunning backdrop to ancient trails, horseback routes and the home of the Navajo – America's largest tribe.
We take a look at the spectacularly bold travel advertisements of the 1930s and their promise of golden temples in India, lakeside retreats in Italy and deers grazing outside of Japanese temples. You'll be surprised at how much holds true to this day.
The vision of 19th century artist, George Catlin, America’s National Parks Service has grown from humble beginnings, starting with just one park. The veritable grandfather of it all – Yellowstone – was once protected from poachers and misuse by the U.S. Army, a trend that continued to the second na…
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