One of the best known outdoor states in the nation, The Beehive State boasts excellent skiing, extreme national parks, and unique day trips. Full of tales of immigration and western settlement, the state is a great place to learn more about some of the countries more recent people groups. Choose a beautiful lake, quiet mountain campground, or bustling tourist destination, and let your charter bus take you there.
The states most populous city, Salt Lake City, is also the capitol. It rests near the Great Salt Lake, which is the largest saltwater lake in the Northern Hemisphere. Visitors to the city can enjoy visiting the lake and learning about it's history as part of the larger Lake Bonneville, as well as the animal species that live off of the mineral-laden waters. Another lake nearby has excellent options for fishing and camping.
Within the city of Salt Lake, thousands of tourists come to enjoy the Temple Square and visit the Salt Lake Temple, one of the largest Mormon temples in the United States. A free observatory atop the next-door building gives great views of the city and lake and in the distance. Also in notable Mormon history, This Is The Place Heritage Park has a monument and history of the Mormon's immigration to the valley from the Midwest.
For move lovers, one of the most notable events in the state is the Sundance Film Festival, held annually in January. This event showcases independent and international films over a period of ten days, and takes place in Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Park City. Families with children or those who love animals will enjoy West Valley City's aquarium, Scales and Tails.
A haven for hikers, backpackers, and skiers, the state has five national parks within close proximity to each other. Zion National Park was the first to be established within the state and has nationally recognized trails, like Angel's Landing. Another, Arches National Park, is filled with red rock formations that twist and turn in a variety of earthy colors. A unique find, Capitol Reef National Park, exhibits a waterpocket fold.
Although not a national park, the Valley of the Gods is iconic for it's use as a backdrop in many American Westerns. A valley filled with large sandstone formations, visitors here enjoy hiking and daytrips around the dessert landscape. Canyon hikers love to visit Hovenweep National Monument, a wide and deep canyon located in the southeastern part of the state.
Paranormal enthusiasts know the Beehive State to be a land of mysterious activity. The famous Skinwalker Ranch directs visitors to hot spot sighting locations around the state. More family friendly adventures can be had at the Olympic Park. Here, people of all ages can learn skiing, bobsledding, and go on high-wire adventures. The site even hosts a museum for Olympic fans to learn more about the history of the sports.
If above-ground activities seem to bothersome, try your hand at spelunking. The Timpanogos Cave National Monument hosts group tours and holds events throughout the year. Families and smaller groups can hike on their own as well, but may need to plan ahead. Another easy hike for those with small children is to Bridal Veil Falls. Parking is within close proximity to the trail and falls, and the hike itself is simple and short.
When visiting the state, though, you'll be needing to stop and eat. A popular spot is the Black Sheep Café. This small venue serves mainly southwestern and American style meals and sides. Another well reviewed restaurant is the Bombay House. Focusing on serving mainly Indian, Vegetarian, and Vegan options, this restaurant is a great change of flavor. Both of these excellent dining options are located in Provo, near Salt Lake City.
So whether you are hoping to take it easy and enjoy some simple excursions and day trips, or go on extreme adventures, The Beehive State is full of options to suit your fancy. Reserve your bus rental today and don't miss another opportunity to explore all that the state has to offer.