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With some of the nation’s most stunning landscapes, Utah is paradise for outdoor adventurers. Whether you want to explore the state’s five national parks, marvel at the seven national monuments, or simply relax and rejuvenate in rustic and charming Utah vacation rentals, this western wonderland is worth an extended stay.
If you think “location, location, location” refers only to real estate, then you haven’t experienced Utah’s weather. Your choice of snowy getaway or desert oasis is a matter of altitude and attitude.
Across the state, Utah has a predominantly semi-arid to desert climate, although mountain peaks feature a few additional varieties. Because the state has mountains, deserts, and lakes, temperatures can be extreme. Summer temperatures across most of Utah can top 90 degrees, while winter temperatures drop down to about 30 degrees. Summer visitors should be aware of Utah’s monsoon season from mid-July through mid-September, and winter visitors should prepare for hundreds of inches of snow in some parts of the state.
As a state that encompasses nearly 85,000 square miles, Utah is a destination best explored by car. Fly to Salt Lake International Airport, Utah’s largest airport, and rent a car to cover as much ground as you can. If you plan to cover all parts of the state, from Salt Lake City in the north to Monument Valley in the south, consider booking two or more conveniently located Utah vacation rentals in order to maximize your time.
Things to Do
Start with Zion National Park, the first national park in Utah, which boasts 124,000 acres of wilderness. Go canyoneering in one of the top locations nationwide, climb Zion’s renowned sandstone cliffs, and hike through the natural springs and hanging gardens of The Narrows.
Few sites are as awe-inspiring as Bryce Canyoj. Here, marvel at the otherworldly landscape, where you can spot forests of rock pillars, hike through the backcountry, and stargaze on moonlit hikes. In Arches National Park, let more than 2,000 natural arches amaze you with their impossible heights and fascinating formations. Don’t miss sunset at Arches, the best time to experience the bold colors of this stunning landscape.
When the weather is warm, challenge yourself with some whitewater rafting while you explore scenic and historic sites like the Anasazi ruins. Guided hikes and walking tours cater to a variety of interests. You can set out early, take in the sights and sounds of the wilderness and then enjoy the comfort of your Utah vacation rentals.
From red rock wonders to lush greenery, golf is a top sport in Utah. Bring your clubs and samples courses in Heber Valley, Park City, Salt Lake City, and St. George.
Every January, the Sundance Film Festival completely transforms three cities in Utah as movie stars and directors flock to Park City, Salt Lake City, and Ogden from around the world. Catch this event in person by buying a festival pass in advance, standing in line for same-day movie tickets, or rubbing elbows with the rich and famous at parties around town.
In the summer, Salt Lake City heats up with the Utah Arts Festival, which has been going strong since 1977. This multi-day event attracts over 250 artists and performing arts groups, along with about 80,000 attendees. See exhibitions and performances, take part in workshops, and sample local specialty foods at dozens of locations across Salt Lake City each June.
Whether you’re planning a winter trip to Park City, a summer trip to Zion, or an anytime trip to Salt Lake City, there’s never a bad time to visit Utah. Why limit yourself to just one corner of the state? Take your pick of Utah vacation rentals, and explore the best that this spectacular state has to offer.