Utah Road Trip Itineraries

Utah, the “Beehive State”, is the land of the Mighty Five, the spectacular five national parks in the land settled by Mormons. Just like in Arizona, here in Utah you will find some of the most amazing red rock natural wonders and drive on breathtaking scenic roads that will make you understand the state’s motto: “Life Elevated”! Ready to elevate your spirit?

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Goblin Valley: Walk among Hoodoos in the Desert in Utah

If you visited the hoodoos – the red pinnacles that look like massive natural towers- in Bryce Canyon and were captivated by its unprecedented and surreal landscape, why not consider visiting Goblin Valley, one of Utah’s little-known nature parks, a stone’s throw away from Canyonlands and Capitol Reef? It is, you could say, a “younger brother” of Bryce Canyon, discovered…

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Discover Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley’s Younger Sister

Did you know that Monument Valley has a little sister called Valley of the Gods? You must be thinking “All right, even if it does exist, who knows in what remote corner of America this mysterious Valley of the Gods must be”! What if I told you it is 30 minutes or less from Monument Valley? Then, what if I…

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Red Canyon, Utah: The Magnificent Portal to Bryce Canyon

I would like to use my experience as the context to talk about Red Canyon in Utah, because the drive on this short stretch of road was an incredible experience that has stayed with me. During my first trip to the Southwest, I was on my way from Las Vegas to Bryce Canyon and I made a stop in St….

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Kodachrome Basin State Park: A Small Natural Masterpiece in Utah

Many will contend that anyone who goes on a tour of Utah without a quick stop in the small and unknown Kodachrome Basin State Park will be missing out. And we – who love to find small natural wonders hidden on U.S. maps, especially on the West Coast – are excited talk about it in-depth in this article, because we…

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Flaming Gorge: Unforgettable Views in Utah and Wyoming

If you want to see incredible natural beauty, you can’t go wrong if you go West. Today we tell you about the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, located between northeastern Utah and southwestern Wyoming, surrounded by Ashley National Forest. The area of Flaming Gorge is almost 66 square miles and it is at an average altitude of 6070 ft. The…

Buckskin Gulch

Buckskin Gulch: A Guide to One of America’s Largest Canyons

Although it is not one of the busiest tourist destinations, Buckskin Gulch is the longest and deepest slot canyon in the southwest of the United States. It can be reached via Highway 89 and is located about halfway between Kanab and Page on the border between Utah and Arizona. Both Buckskin Gulch and Water Holes Canyon are definitely good alternatives for…

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Antelope Island: Bison and Golden Prairies Near Salt Lake City

Because of the incredible amount of attractions in the southern part of Utah (just to be clear, I am referring to the parks with red rocks), it is easy to underestimate the northern area of this beautiful state which, however, contrary to what one might think, does not cease to amaze. The northern part, the one closest to the border…

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Cedar Breaks National Monument: A Pleasant Surprise Hidden Among the Utah Mighty Five

Cedar Breaks is a pearl hidden in an area with many national parks, you could dare call it a middle ground between the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon. If you’re planning a trip to Utah, it might be worth considering, especially if you’re thinking of spending a few days in the area between Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. Where…

Utah Slot Canyons

Top 10 Slot Canyons in Utah + 1: discover the most exciting hikes!

The southern part of Utah has the largest concentration of slot canyons in the world (there are more than a thousand of them south of Interstate 70). Some of them are found in two well-known and extensive national parks. It would be impossible to describe all of them, so we will look only at the best slot canyons in Southern…

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A Guide to the Immense Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

The first question that comes almost naturally is what in the world is the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument? If you have had the chance to browse our website a little, you will have seen it mentioned and indeed, I’ll tell you more. If you are not on your first trip to the USA, it is also possible that during a…

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Coral Pink Sand Dunes: The Unusual Pink Dunes of Utah

When we see pictures of tall sand dunes, we immediately think of the Sahara Desert, often forgetting that there are many other sandy deserts around the world. Many of these, each with its own characteristics, can be found in American territory, from the scorching Kelso Dunes in Mojave to the pale dunes of the White Sands National Park in New…

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Toadstool Hoodoos: The Unusual Mushroom-shaped Rocks in Utah

The immense Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument contains many attractions that are somewhat hidden, which can be visited for free. The Toadstool Hoodoos are one of them and make for a great stop between some of the area’s major natural attractions. If you’re planning a road trip between Utah and Arizona, you may be looking for a few interesting places…

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Fantasy Canyon, Utah: A Surreal Natural Landscape… Under the Wide Open Sky!

We at Travel-USA know well that a month would not be enough to explore all the beautiful places in Utah! Today I want to tell you about Fantasy Canyon, a special place that is rarely featured on itineraries of the Southwest. Perhaps you have already fallen in love with this place after seeing the cover picture, and you’re wondering why…

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Visit Snow Canyon State Park and Enjoy Incredible Views

Because of Snow Canyon‘s proximity to a large and popular park like Zion National Park in Utah, the park is not typically included by those visiting the area or traveling around the West Coast. While one can understand the need to optimize travel, I recommend that you at least consider a visit to this state park because it is sure…

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Visit Dinosaur National Monument: Dinosaur Fossils and Deep Canyons

Dinosaur National Monument is a very unique park and relatively unknown to travelers since it is far from the routes of classic Southwest itineraries. In fact, the park is located exactly on the border between Colorado and Utah, so you may consider visiting this area if you are planning an itinerary through Colorado and the other states in the Great…

Best Views

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Goosenecks State Park: A Breathtaking View!

Are you familiar with the view of Horseshoe Bend? Multiply that by three, picture fewer tourists, and you’ll get an idea of what awaits you at Goosenecks State Park. In…

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Four Corners: Have You Ever Been to Four States at Once?

To find yourself standing in 4 different states at the same time is certainly not an everyday experience, yet it is possible at the Four Corners Monument, the intersection of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. It is located in a desert area that in and of itself is nothing special (except its strength lies in the proximity to scenic…

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Hole N” The Rock: A Bizarre House in a Rock in Moab, Utah

In Moab, the city in Utah famous for Arches, Canyonlands and Castle Valley the surprises never end, but this time I want to tell you about a really unusual place, which you will surely notice when you are in Moab. Perhaps it cannot compare with all the incredible beauty of the city’s surroundings, but Hole N” The Rock can be…

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Old Paria: Utah’s Ghost Town that Became a Movie Set

The old town of Paria was a small western outpost that was inhabited until the late 1920s. After it was abandoned, it became a ghost town and because of the incredible views in the surrounding area, it has been used as a film set for many successful western films, including Clint Eastwood’s The Outlaw Josey Wales. Along the road to…

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