Salt Lake CityThe culturally vibrant Wasatch Front of the western Rocky Mountains is home to many of Utah’s liveliest downtowns. The state capital, Salt Lake City, is an arty, cultural centre that boasts historic attractions including the landmark Capitol Building, Temple Square, containing more than 15 attractions related to Mormon heritage and beliefs, and a growing micro-brewery scene. Nearby Antelope Island State Park, the largest island in the Great Salt Lake, is home to free-roaming bison and antelope herds and boasts miles of hiking and biking trails.
Seeing starsAnother striking feature of Utah is its night skies - they really have to be seen to be believed. With very little light pollution and plenty of clear weather, it’s no wonder there are ten certified International Dark Sky Parks here. There are also several sanctuaries of natural darkness, so you’ll have no problem catching incredible views of the Moon, constellations, planets and even the Milky Way!
Movie magicAs well as star-gazers, film buffs will also be in their element as they delve into Utah’s movie heritage. Having shot five films in the area, John Wayne named Monument Valley as ‘the place where God put the West’. Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump famously ended his cross country run here and in Arches National Park a young Indiana Jones discovered the Cross of Cortez. With all this going on, it makes sense to make Utah the star of your next holiday.