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UtahFirst known to be explored by Spain in 1776 it was frontier pioneer Jim Bridger who first discovered the Great Salt Lake in 1824.

Two decades later, the Mormons who practiced polygamy and sought a haven from religious persecution in the Eastern and Midwest U.S., arrived to build Salt Lake City.

Seeking statehood for the Utah territory, polygamy continued to be an issue until the Mormon Church renounced the practice in 1890. Six years later, Utah joined the Union as the 45th state.

Today, Utah attracts millions of vacationers annually, drawn to top class Utah ski resorts, the world famous Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, as well as the state's scenic splendor and outdoor recreational facilities in state & national parks such as Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park, not to mention the geologic wonders of Rainbow Bridge and the Grand Staircase.

zion national park, lake powell, and party city ski resort
Top tourist attractions throughout Utah include sightseeing at Zion National Park (left); fishing and
boating on Lake Powell (middle); and winter fun at Park City and other major Utah ski resorts (right).


Other great attractions in Utah's great outdoors include the spectacular rock formations at Arches National Park and more stunning vistas and summer fun at Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made lakes in the US formed by nearby Glen Canyon Dam.

Besides ski resorts, another popular Utah winter destination attracts indie filmmakers each January at the annual Sundance Film Festival held in Park City.


2023 Utah Events & Festivals

American Freedom Festival in Provo
Provo pulls out all the stops for the 4th of July with a
big parade, a balloon fest, a famed fireworks display,
and performances by A-list country stars

Check out our 2023 Utah travel calender featuring memorable events and major festivals happening throughout the state with dates, locations and official links for more information.

Happy travels!

January 19 - January 29, 2023 -- Sundance Film Festival Park City

June - October 2023 -- Utah Shakespeare Festival Cedar City

June 5 - June 10, 2023 -- Orem Summerfest, Orem

June 23 - June 25, 2023 -- Utah Arts Festival Salt Lake City

July 1 - July 4 -- America’s Freedom Festival, Provo, UT

Thursdays June 17 - Sept 23, 2023 -- Salt Lake City Downtown Farmers Market Liberty Park Salt Lake City

August 21 - September 15, 2023 -- Moab Music Festival Moab

 

also see -> This Christmas in Utah | Utah Campgrounds | Utah Lakes & Beaches


DID YOU KNOW? Utah Travel Fun Facts


Here be dinosaurs ....

• Utah boasts fossil records of more dinosaur species than any other US state, and the most complete record of prehistoric life of any geographic area on the entire planet.

• Utah is home to five national parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce, Capitol Reef and the most visited - Zion National Park.

• Kanab, Utah is known as Little Hollywood because of the large number of motion pictures and TV shows that are filmed in the area. Big-screen entertainent includes The Lone Ranger, Planet of the Apes, Stagecoach, Pony Express, and The Outlaw Josey Wales. TV series including Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, and How the West Was Won were also filmed there.

State Route 12 is designated an “All-American Road” spanning 122 miles, connecting Capitol Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. The scenic byway crosses some of the most magnificent scenery on the Colorado Plateau ranging from red-rock desert to lush mountain forests.

• The Great Salt Lake — which lies just west of Salt Lake City — is saltier than the ocean. The reason is because it has no outlet; salt minerals are deposited by tributary rivers, and when the water evaporates it leaves the salt behind.

• According to legend, the town of Levan is "navel" spelled backwards and so named because it is in the middle of Utah.

 

More about Utah tourist attractions around the Web:

Utah Travel & Tourism - The official Utah tourism site offering a very cool Flash presentation explaining Utah's top tourist spots plus facts & information on skiing & snowboarding adventures, whitewater rafting, national parks & campgrounds throughout the state.

Go-Utah.com - One-stop browsing in a directory of links to more than a hundred Utah cities & towns with more on scenic drives, ski resorts, sports activities, lodging & dining, maps & photos..

Ski Utah - Major guide to resorts near Salt Lake City, Odgen & Provo with details on lodging, gear rental, entertainment, events, snow & weather reports, nearby attractions, maps & pictures.


 
 

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