Utah was only recognized as a state in 1896 and has one of the most unique histories of any state in the union. Utah is boasting five national parks, 43 parks and a vast area of spectacular wilderness. Not only they claim that they has the best snow on earth, visitors can also enjoy outdoor recreation, scenic vistas, and world-class shopping and dining. Philo T Farnsworth, the man best know for inventing a prototype of all first all-electric television, was born in Beaver, Utah in 1906. Utah presents the best of the Desert Southwest and the Rocky Mountains due to their ideal location.
TOP 8 PLACES TO VISIT
1.MORMON TEMPLE – SALT LAKE CITY
The temple was built in the late 19th century and is one of the principal sites of Salt Lake City. The temple can be located on Temple Square, and can only be entered by Mormons.
2.ESCALANTE NATIONAL MUSEUM
Forming an incredible rock formation for around millions of years, the monument features three main areas with the most famous being the Grand Staircase. The Staircase features a number of plateaus descending like steps from Bryce Canyon to the Grand Canyon. Other features is the fossil-filled Kaipgrowits Plateau and the Escalante Canyons at the base.
3.ZION NATIONAL PARK
With its multi-coloured sandstone cliffs and desert wildlife craft this park was Utah’s first National Park, and was once inhabited by Native Americans and pioneers alike. The park offers plenty of to do - rock-climb, mountain-bike and explore. From the top of the cliffs you can witness a desert sunset like no other.
4.ANTELOPE ISLAND – SALT LAKE
The lake is one of the largest lakes in the world, and the lakes biggest island. The house on Fielding Garr Rance was built in 1848. It is the oldest building in Utah and it still stands on its original foundations. The island is also home to antelope, bison, sheep, coyotes and water birds. The island features a number of mountains and natural springs.
5.FOUR CORNERS MONUMENT
The monument marks the only place in Southwest of America where four states meet: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. This also serves as the boundary between the Navajo and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe governments. The monument is an excellent location to learn about the indigenous culture and history of the region.
6.GOLDEN SPIKE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
The first transcontinental railroad on the n north side of the Great Salt Lake was completed on May 10th 1869, when the last spike, the "Golden Spike", was ceremonially driven in. The Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads are joining up here. The site at Promontory Summit in the Utah Territory joined 1,776 miles of rail. In the Visitor Center an exhibition illustrating the importance of the railroad in opening up the West.
7.DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT
The monument is known for the large number of Jurassic period fossils that have been discovered here. The cliff wall of Carnegie Quarry is embedded with many dinosaur fossils. Right over the top of a section of the rock the new Quarry Hall was built, allowing for close up access and comfortable conditions for visitors. Hiking, rafting, and camping are also popular activities. You can also enjoy the lovely scenery of mountains and rivers.
The park has several ski hills in the surrounding area, making it a popular ski destination in Utah. Some of the main ski destinations in the state are the Deer Valley Resort, Canyons Resort, and Park City Mountain Resort. During the 2002’s the Olympic Sports Park was used during the Winter Olympics. During summer time there are plenty ways to entertain yourself in the park.
OTHER PLACES TO SEE
The best way to get around Utah is by tour groups. Other transport available is car rental, buses and train.
The best time to visit Utah is April, May, September and October when it is usually warm and sunny. However, expect occasional cool and even rains spells during these months.