The Best of Utah Destinations

Utah is considered to be one of the most popular states with regards to tourists who prefer both natural and manmade attractions. The popularity of the state as a natural tourist attraction is due to the fact that most of the region is elevated at around 4,000 feet above sea level. This is the reason why mountains, plateaus, and buttes are considered famous Utah destinations including the Grand Canyon, Moab Monument Valley, and Canyonlands.

Dinosaur State

One popular Utah destinations is the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument where nine new prehistoric species have been found. Some of these prehistoric species are permanently displayed in the Natural History Museum. One of the newest skeletal remains to come out of the South Utah destinations is the Parasaurolopus, which is a duck-billed dinosaur.

Due to the popularity of the dinosaur skeletons to children and paleontologists, the Utah Tourism Board organized a tour of dinosaur Utah destinations. This is considered to be significant part of the state revenue since tourists have spent $7.4 billion in 2013.

Grand Canyon

However, the most magnificent scenic spots of Utah destinations is the Grand Canyon. There are two popular tourist spots to look at these magnificent landscape, which are at the South Rim and the North Rim. The more popular is at the South Rim but many consider the view from the North Rim as better since it has a more remote look and is less developed.

The reason for the better view is due to the fact that the visitors’ center is located at the edge of the Kaibab Plateau, which is currently measured at 8,000 to 8,800 feet above sea level. Before reaching the park and visitor center, tourists will be able to enjoy other photogenic Utah destinations such as the conifer forest and Jacob Lake.

Bryce Canyon

Another spectacular Utah destinations is the Bryce Canyon National Park where water, wind, and natural calamities developed the ‘hoodoos’ or spires. Most tourists prefer to view these spires a few minutes before and after sunset and sunrise. The reason is that the shadows cast by the sun paints these structures with dramatic colors. The beauty of the spires are clearly seen in any of the five viewpoints, which include Sunset, Sunset, Rainbow, Inspiration Points, and Yovimpa. Some tourists and hikers even prefer to go to the bottom of the canyon to see these glorious Utah destinations up close and personal.


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