Home to the Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin, and the Colorado Plateau, Utah has no shortage of scenic views and boasts a wildly diverse terrain, making it one of the most beautiful destinations in the country. Boat along the Great Salt Lake or head to the mountains for skiing. In Salt Lake City, get to know the Church of Latter Day Saints at Temple Square. Check out outstanding golf courses, including the Wasatch Mountain Golf Course. If you want to find the perfect balance between slopes and the city, look to Sandy—located right in the middle of everything.
Not sure where to start? Check out the best destinations in the state for skiers, cultural connoisseurs, and golfers—there’s something for everyone in Utah.
- Boat along the Great Salt Lake.As the largest natural lake west of Mississippi, the Great Salt Lake offers a multitude of activities to enjoy. Hike along the lake for breathtaking views; Ensign Peak is a must if you want panoramic views of Salt Lake City and the lake. On the lake, cruise along in a boat and go fishing for brine shrimp. Due to the high salinity of the lake, it has few fish, so feel extra proud if you make a catch.
- Visit Temple Square in Salt Lake City.Home to the Mormon religion, Temple Square boasts more than 20 cultural and historical attractions within its three-block plaza. Visit the beautiful Salt Lake Temple, the Tabernacle and the world’s largest organ, or the Family History Library—which houses the world's largest collection of genealogical records. Along with Temple Square, check out Park City’s Liberty Park and Public Library.
- Ski Park City’s mountains.Look no further than Park City Mountain for all your ski adventures. While Park City Mountain has a reputation as a hotspot for Olympic athletes, have no fear—that means the nearby resort has some of the best instructors. There’s also Deer Valley, another popular ski resort with slopes for all levels, just a few miles away from Park City Mountain. If you need some inspiration, plan to make a trip to the Utah Olympic Park to see the 2002 Winter Games Museum.
- Golf at one of Park City’s famous courses.Located a few miles outside of Park City, Wasatch Mountain Golf Course allows you to tee off in style. The course boasts views of Utah’s scenic lakes and mountains—just gorgeous enough to distract you during your game. To be closer to the city, look to Canyons Golf and Park City Golf Club.
- Visit the Sego Lily Gardens in Sandy.The botanical gardens in drought prone Sandy offers a view of how drought-resistant flora can create truly beautiful landscapes. Perfect for the whole family, the garden teaches how to use water conservation principles in landscaping with fun activities, including a scavenger hunt. While in town, be sure to also stop by some of Sandy’s 30 public parks.