Now that the Little Man is getting older, I’ve been wondering lately about all of the places we could potentially visit over the coming years. It’s safe to say, that as a couple, the husband and I didn’t do a huge amount of travelling before we found out we were expecting so I do feel we may have missed out a little.
A Family Holiday To Utah
America has always been on my bucket list. There are lots of places that we would love to go in the USA but one that has particularly stood out to me, for its scenery alone, is Utah. A family holiday to Utah would be the ultimate American dream.
I mean, just look at the stunning views that take your breath away in photographs. Can you imagine what it would be like to be there?
We always like to go self-catering when we travel, it’s just easier as a family. It’s ideal that there are great Utah vacation rentals available in the many cities and towns of Utah. This would be a perfect base when visiting what the area has to offer.
A Little Bit About Utah
Utah is the 45th state and became so on 4th January 1896. In 2010, Utah had a population of 2,700,000. Its capital city is Salt Lake City.
Utah is in the Mountain Standard Time Zone (GMT – 7 Hours) and the state observes Daylight Saving Time.
Utahs climate is dry and continental. It experiences warm summers and cold winters. The average temperature in July is about 21 °C, but it has been known to get as warm as 34 ºC. In the winter the average temperature is slightly below freezing except in the southwest, which is usually at least 2-3 °C warmer all year-round.
Salt Lake City – Utah’s Capital
Salt Lake City is everything you would expect a city to be, except it sits in a mountain bowl – 4,300 feet up! It has a great nightlife as well as a fabulous foodie scene. There are concert venues, big and small. Theatres and art houses for orchestra, ballet and opera. A fantastic sports scene for pro basketball, soccer, baseball and hockey.
It’s been said that shopping and Salt Lake City go hand in hand. With several shopping malls and many more shops in between, you are sure to find everything in the one place. Ideal to find that perfect holiday memento or gifts for friends and family back home. It sounds like heaven to me!
Temple Square is a huge attraction in Salt Lake City. Temple Square is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. With free admission, you can enjoy a tour of the beautifully landscaped 10-acre property available in 40 languages.
Summer in Utah
With warm days and warm nights, Summer in Utah is the perfect place to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. It’s the ideal time to visit the famous Mighty 5® national parks that are hugely popular with tourists. They draw in several million tourists each year and it’s not difficult to see why.
The Mighty 5® parks are Canyonlands National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Arches National Park and Capitol Reef National Park. Depending on how many of the parks you want to see and how committed you are, there are itineraries available for three-day trips, week-long trips and ten-day trips. Take a look at the Visit Utah website for lots of details about what to expect.
If you don’t fancy spending your entire trip visiting the national parks, there are a multitude of other sights to see in Utah. Utah has many museums. From the Natural History Museum of Utah to the Museum of Ancient Life, there is almost definitely something for everyone. During my research, I found the list of museums at Utah.com to have a wealth of information.
Do you fancy making the most of the warm nights by visiting a Drive-In movie? You can in Utah. There are several across the state and how better to feel like you’re in your very own movie than to experience it American style?
Utah has over 100 lakes which is a surprising number considering it’s the driest state in the nation. It’s actually ranked sixth in the U.S. for the amount of boatable water per capita. There’s a fact for you! Diverse waters make boating the perfect way to enjoy the water. From houseboat holidays on Lake Powell to fishing boat trips on small, high mountain lakes in the forested mountains. It would certainly be an experience to remember.
Experience sleeping outside just once whilst visiting Utah. There are even public stargazing parties that you can go to. It’s a sight that needs to be seen to be believed.
There is a multitude of water parks to visit across Utah – perfect for the kids to let of some steam and cool off. Pack your swimming costumes, jump in and have some fun with them to make some fabulous memories. Have a look at 8 of the best water parks in Utah to see which one will be nearest to you during your visit.
Winter in Utah
The National Parks aren’t as busy during the Winter months, so if you fancy visiting them in a cooler and quieter setting, then Winter is a perfect time. With different types of itineraries available for Winter, you could find yourself on a five-day expedition, exploring the parks on a hike or skiing the mountains, if you don’t mind the cold with sunshine thrown in, this could be for you.
If you’re specifically visiting Utah for the snow then you won’t be disappointed. From scenic ziplining, snowmobiling and guided ski tours to mountain biking and hiking, you won’t be short of things to keep you occupied during the Winter months. You can even enjoy stunning views without skiing or snowboarding on scenic gondola rides.
If all this sounds too energetic, you can always relax and rejuvenate in one of the mountain spas. What better way to rest those aching legs?
If you fancy getting yourself a bit of Dancing On Ice action, visit one of Utah’s many Ice Rinks and try to let go of the side at least once! There are indoor and outdoor options available and all are very reasonably priced.
If fishing is your thing at home, then Ice fishing is likely to be something you will rarely if ever, have the option to experience. Well, Utah can help you out if this is on your bucket list. Ice fishing is available all over Utah State where you’re bound to see plenty of Rainbow Trout and Yellow Perch should you take the plunge and go for it.
Finally, if you get chance, visit Midway Ice Castle. Perfect for Disney’s ‘Frozen’ fans – enchanted princesses wait to greet guests at the Ice Castle! High energy fire shows will amaze you with a unique show using many different manipulation props including hula, spinning and fire-breathing. The Ice Castle is a little over an acre and is an all in one giant piece of interconnected ice, it weighs more than 25,000,000 pounds! A sight to behold and well worth a visit.
Have I convinced you yet?
I don’t know about you but just discovering all that Utah has to offer has got me wanting to jump online and book myself the trip of a lifetime.
Utah isn’t necessarily the first place on everybody’s lips when asked where in the United States they want to visit, but I firmly believe it should be. With plenty to see and do all year round, a family holiday to Utah is the perfect time to make some amazing memories to remember for years to come. Now, where did I put that passport…?!
Have you ever been to Utah? What activities can you recommend?
What is on your ‘American Dream’ bucket list?
Let me know in the comments.
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