Utah is a one-of-a-kind, awe-inspiring combination of intense natural beauty and man-made spectacle. With an abundance of national parks including Canyonlands, Dinosaurland, Bryce Canyon and Zion as well as phenomenal ski resorts and the metropolitan thrills of Salt Lake City, Utah presents an inside view and experience of the American West unlike any other state in the region.
Utah has become an increasingly popular destination in recent years, particularly on and around the numerous man-made lakes such as Lake Powell. The majority of the land within its borders are deserts or High Plains and uninhabited, so many of the people tend to live in the cities and towns that fringe the massive and spectacular Salt Lake. It is one of the U.S.’s Four Corner states, bordered by Nevada on the West, Idaho to the North, Wyoming to the North and East, Colorado to the East and Arizona to the south.
Your honeymoon in Utah is set among a gorgeous land filled with unforgettable sites and a deep history of diverse people, from Native American Utes to Mormon missionaries and rugged mountain men. A paradise in all seasons, cold weather brings excellent skiing and snowboarding while warmer months present phenomenal biking, hiking and seemingly endless outdoor activities.
This land of Brigham Young held much potential to the people who settled it. As a honeymoon hotspot, you'll find so much to appreciate as well.
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- CURRENCY: The United States dollar. You should have no problems finding ATMs all around the state at banks and most stores and markets.
- LANGUAGE: English.
- GETTING AROUND: Having a car is definitely your best way to get around the tremendous expanse of Utah. Towns and big cities offer the public transportation you'd expect such as buses, trains and planes, but many of the remoter locations can only be reached by car or, in some cases, a four-wheel drive vehicle. Salt Lake City, the capital, also has a trolley system.
- WHEN TO GO: Utah is a desert state, so the right time to go really depends on what you plan on doing while you're there. The winter months make for the best skiing, while spring and autumn are prime times to visit the national parks. Summer can be very hot and uncomfortable, but shouldn't deter you from enjoying numerous on the water activities.
- ELECTRICITY: All of the United States and Canada use the 110-volt system. Finding converters can be difficult in the U.S., so if you need one, bring it with you.
- TIME ZONE: Mountain Standard Time.
The Rocky Mountains, the Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau are among the geological features that give Utah its wealth of unique and incredible outdoor beauty as well as the natural playground of sand dunes, pine forests and arid deserts. The spectacular Salt Lake, which is the fourth largest terminal lake in the world, is referred to as America's Dead Sea and affords its own world of pleasures. From hiking, fishing and skiing to shopping, theater and excellent dining, Utah is an unexpected treasure in the American West.
- HIKE HIDDEN PINON TRAIL: Hiking is one of the major features to any trip to Utah. Within Snow Canyon State Park you'll find one of the easiest yet most breathtaking nature walks on the Hidden Piñon Trail. What awaits you is an absolutely stunning array of geologic beauty with lava rock and canyons as well as an incredible amount of desert flora including prickly pear cactus, banana yucca and so much more.
- DAVE’S HOLLOW TRAIL: Southwestern Utah. Take a sensational walk among the towering ponderosa pines and spruce trees of Bryce Canyon National Park on this lovely trail. If you have time to spare, you can stop to fish or camp at the beautiful Tropic Reservoir.
- SNOWBASIN: To discover why Utah skiing is all the rage, head to Snowbasin. Perfect for skiers of all skill levels, the well-groomed cruising runs of this resort are always a delight. For more advanced thrill-seekers, Snowbasin offers the state’s third-highest vertical drop.
- SNOWBIRD & ALTA: Snowbasin is fantastic, but for more advanced skiiers seeking a true challenge, Snowbird and Alta offer more advanced runs and terrain (and are much closer to Salt Lake City). Snowbird in particular is both celebrated and maligned -- celebrated by advanced skiiers for amazing powder and steep, challenging terrain, but maligned by beginners who find it too difficult and didn't realize quite what they were getting into. But as long as you're on the more advanced side of the sport and you know your way around deep, fluffy powder, you'll want to check it out.
- DISCOVER CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK: Walk through sandstone formations, magnificent cliffs and canyons, and experience the surreal 100 mile-long oddity in the Earth's crust called Waterpocket Fold. Full of natural beauty, there’s plenty to keep you enthralled from the orchards of Fruita to the Capitol Gorge Trail or the incredible Grand Wash.
- MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR:. You don't have to be from Utah to know about the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Visit Temple Square in the center of Salt Lake City, and enliven your honeymoon in Utah by catching one of their beautiful performances. You can also sit in on rehearsals and radio broadcasts free of charge for a very memorable experience.
- EXPLORE MOAB: In southeastern Utah the landscape turns a wild assortment of fantastic colors from red, orange and pink to surprising hues of turquoise, creams and browns. Moab is among the most gorgeous natural phenomena in the United States with bizarre rock formations, sheer vertical cliffs and deep canyons all framed by majestic snow-capped mountains. Camp here and you'll see the night sky like you've never seen it before. Spending time in Moab is to get back to nature in a most primal and unforgettable way.
- CHECK OUT THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM: Utah is brimming with natural wonders. To learn more about them, visit the world-class Natural History Museum in Salt Lake. It's perfect for a rest day from skiing or a rainy day where you can't hike. Along with a phenomenal collection of dramatically-displayed reconstructed dinosaur and ancient mammal skeletons, you can learn about all kinds of local geology, Native tribal history, and much more, then grab a bite at the cafe there.