The diversity of Utah has great appeal to anyone looking for a unique getaway. It is made of three and a half geographic regions so there is a landscape for every taste.
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In addition, there are five national parks within its borders along with 45 state parks to explore. History buffs love the fact that it features five national historic sites and many national monuments. You can stay at a Utah bed and breakfast close to any of the tourist hot spots.
The state is an outdoor lover’s mecca with golfing, skiing, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, and more. Stay at a bed and breakfast in Utah while you spend a three day weekend exploring Zion or head to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. You can even stay near Western Hemisphere’s largest saltwater lake and then head to downtown Salt Lake City to dine and catch a concert.
The area of Utah has been inhabited for thousands of years. The earliest residents were the Paleo-Indians and then the Anasazi and the Fremont people moved in around 500 AD. The Anasazi carved large cities in the wall of the area’s canyons and many of the remains still exist today of the settlements. Various Native American tribes also started living in the area. Europeans started to arrive in the area in the 1700s. Fur trappers started to call the region home. In the 1930s, a religious organization known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS CHURCH) led by Joseph Smith flocked to Utah to call the state home. In 1896, Utah became the 45th state.
Known for its rugged landscapes, the area around the Escalante Basin is referred to as a part of the Colorado Plateau. The area is crisscrossed by canyons that feature unique geological deposits that date back 180 to 225 million years ago. The area is known for its many dinosaur fossils, a petrified forest, seashells, and marine organisms. History lovers will enjoy hiking the diverse trail system.
Moab is the gateway to outdoor adventure. Stay at a Utah Bed and Breakfast while you hike, bike, jeep, raft, climb and explore. You can even take a burro ride to soak up the beauty of the red canyons.
Many visitors flock to Utah drawn by the history of the LDS Church. They often stay in Salt Lake City or Provo while they explore the region. The Brigham Young University sits in Provo and is home to the Monte L Bean Life Science Museum. At the BYU Museum of Palaeontology, you can look over dinosaur bones that were unearthed in the region. The BYU Museum of Art is known for its permanent collection of paintings. You can also tour the Crandall Historical Print Museum to see one of the only Gutenberg Press replicas.
Around Park City, there are over 400 miles of maintained trails favored for hiking and mountain biking. When visiting Park City, be sure to stop on downtown Historic Main Street for an afternoon of exploration. Park City is also home to the annual Sundance Film Festival which is held every January. If you want to try something daring then head to the Utah Olympic Park which is home to the bobsled ride known as, “The Comet.” It was one of the longest bobsled rides in the world and travels 3,000 feet.
Zion National Park and Capitol Reef National Park along with Bryce Canyon National Park are home to rugged canyons and breathtaking expanses of desert. You can explore miles of trailers and at night spend your time stargazing.
Cedar City is known as ‘Festival City USA’ with theatricals and Shakespearean plays throughout the year. The unique city is also a great hub to call home base while you enjoy a bevy of outdoor recreation adventure.
Utah boasts many natural features such as rock arches, bridges, canyons, rivers, lakes, and towering mountains. The Great Salt Lake is one of the world’s 10 saltiest bodies of water. It is home to a wide array of birds. Its sheer size influences the region's weather patterns. Early explorers mistakenly believed they had reached the Pacific Ocean when they saw the huge salty lake. The state’s massive sandstone cliffs, hoodoos and moqui stones are other interesting natural features.
Take a wintertime vacation and stay in Park City. You can ski and snowboard. Chances are good that you’ll even catch sight of notable athletes and celebrities who are also enjoying the area’s many snow activities. In January, the town is also home to the world-famous Sundance Film Festival. Many think that Park City rivals Aspen and Vail for beauty and adventure.
Explore Bonneville Flats on a rainy day when the area turns into a massive mirror that is similar to the one found in Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni. It’s hard to tell where the sky and ground end. You’ll feel like you are walking in the clouds.
Pitch a tent at Dead Horse Point State Park and enjoy the night sky. During the day you can hike the area, explore the red rock canyons, and then retreat to your bed and breakfast in Utah for a shower, bite to eat, and a soft bed.
Hike the Maze in Canyonlands National Park. It is known as one of the most dangerous hikes in the world.
Summertime in the state is hot and dry, especially in Southern Utah. The days are clear and sunny. In the winter, the mercury drops and the cloud cover increases. Winter temperatures can easily plummet to below 10 degrees and in the summer it increases to over 100 degrees F. Many people like vacationing in the area during the spring or fall because the weather is milder. If you are seeking wintertime sports at a local ski resort then you'll want to watch snowfall in the region.
Utah is home to Aggiano cheese which is an American cheese made by the local Beehive Cheese Company. It is produced from the pasteurized milk of local Jersey cows. The cheese was created by the Utah State University Aggies which is a group of agriculture students who first came up with the recipe for the iconic cheese. A classic Utah cocktail is the Farnell which is made from lemonade mixed with Jack Daniel’s whiskey. Funeral potatoes along with fry sauce are other state favorites along with scones and Aggie Blue mint ice cream.
Whether you are planning a short getaway or a week-long vacation, you’ll want to pick a place to stay in the hub of things in Utah. Vacation rentals are great for families. However, you might want a romantic bed and breakfast in Utah if you are planning an intimate trip for two. You can pick lodging in Salt Lake City or if you are planning outdoor adventures then pick accommodations in Provo, Moab, Escalante, or Park City. If hiking, biking, rafting, fishing, or other outdoor sports are your goal then stay on the outskirts of Zion National Park, Capitol Reef, or Bryce Canyon National Park. If you are staying in Cedar City, then check-in and ask about the theatrical line-up so you can start to plan what shows you want to attend.
You’ll want to decide what amenities you want when picking getaway lodging. Do you want Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a full breakfast, private bath, hot tub, handicap accessibility, cable tv, or dining room? You might also want to explore vacation rentals if you are traveling with another couple or children. With the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, many Utah Bed and Breakfasts are taking additional precautions to keep guests safe so you'll want to discuss the topic with the guest services.
You’ll need an auto to get around Utah. It's a big state with miles of wide-open highways (almost 85,000 sq. miles). In Salt Lake City public transportation is reliable. You can use the TA Buses, the Light Rail or commuter rail system. You can also try private shuttles or tour options to explore the state if you don’t want to drive.
In Provo sits the Hines Mansion bed and breakfast. The historic establishment is located downtown and boasts nine guest rooms. A lovely home, the parlor has a lavish marble fireplace and grand staircase. Everything is decorated in Victorian elegance which makes it a perfect romantic bed and breakfast in Utah, especially if you love history.
The Inn on the Hill is conveniently located in downtown Salt Lake City. You’ll be within walking distance of shopping and dining. You can start your day out with a good breakfast and then soak up the city.
In Moab, you can stay at the Sunflower Hill Luxury Inn. It features a number of restored historic buildings such as a Ranch House and Garden Cottage. The establishment boasts rustic-elegant style charm. It features 12 guest rooms and each one is decorated in its own unique theme. You can choose from Luxury, Deluxe, or Classic.
If you are looking for a pet-friendly bed and breakfast in Utah, you’ll have to ask about the various establishment’s pet policies to determine if they accept animals. You can also ask the innkeeper about other amenities, cancellation policies, and more.