Utah's Best Friends Sanctuary: Find Your New Family Member Here
If you've ever reached for the box of tissues while watching National Geographic's hit TV show Dogtown, then you need to make the pilgrimage to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Located on 3,700 acres and housing close to 2,000 animals, Best Friends is the nation's largest no-kill animal sanctuary.
You can sign up for a guided tour or stay a little longer and volunteer to help with the animals. Cabins and cottages are available for rent. Join the staff for a delicious, inexpensive vegetarian lunch buffet in the onsite cafeteria, and hit the gift shop on the way out (proceeds benefit the sanctuary).
Although at first glance it looks like Best Friends is located in the middle of nowhere, this region of Utah is home to more scenic wonders than you can possibly see in a short period of time. Zion National Park, Pink Coral Sand Dunes State Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (among others!) are close by, and you can easily add them to your itinerary.