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3800 Millcreek Canyon Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84124, USA
There are plenty of swimming holes in and around Salt Lake City – some natural, like the Great Salt Lake, and some artificial, like the Seven Peaks Waterpark. Antelope Island, in the middle of the lake and accessible by a drivable seven-mile...
35 S W Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA
SLC has the highest concentration of geological research centers in the country, some of which may finally help you prove you’re related to John Stockton. Family Search Center’s database has access to millions of global records and an easy-to-use...
300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, USA
This beautiful botanical and ecological garden is supported by the University of Utah. It's best enjoyed in the summertime when the flowers are in full bloom, but can be visited all-year round. The walking trails are always maintained, and it's...
301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, USA
This place has fantastic exhibitions about first peoples, the unique geography of the Great Salt Lake, and even dinosaurs. Perfect for history geeks and dinosaur lovers (I'm both). They also have sweet family activities, like sleepovers and movie...
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Having been raised on National Geographic magazines, I have always been fascinated by the western landscape of America. The jagged peaks of Tetons have been on my to-see list ever since I have known the works of Ansel Adams. Last labor day...
Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84121, USA
Wake up to the smells of campfire and a pine forest. There are a lot of hiking trails in the area, wildlife, gorgeous mountain views, and family fun. Not into "roughing it"? Facilities include flushing toilets and fresh water. Car camping at its...
50 N Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150, USA
Lots to do and see at the heart of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City. If you are not put off by missionaries trying to convert you to their faith, make it your mission to enter the visitor center at the Mormon Temple. The statute of Christ is...
Lake Blanche, Utah 84121, USA
It's hard to forget how accessible the Wasatch Mountains are - they literally tower over Salt Lake. It's also hard to pick which hike to do when there are so many! Lake Blanche is always one of my favorite options. The trailhead is only a twenty...
Flagstaff, AZ, AZ, USA
As Phoenix heats up, many locals are desperate to escape the desert's barren landscape and head north to Sedona. Only a two-hour drive from the city, on average, Sedona sees about 60% local valley traffic over the weekends. Route 89A, leading up...
Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Color, shape, and naked geology: Northern Arizona appeals to the senses in the most elemental ways. Agnostic hikers, secular scientists, souls searching for spiritual energy — all end up in Sedona, seeking and finding. Mid-week in this red-rock...
4050 Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
The red rocks around Sedona are a trekker's dream, and if you know where to go, you can jump in a creek as well. Just to the southwest of Sedona, check out Red Rocks State Park. Take a short hike then cool off with a swim below Cathedral Rock. (By...
6871 N. Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
North of Sedona off Highway 89A in Oak Creek Canyon (between mileposts 384 and 385) is the West Fork Hiking Trail, one of the best trails in Arizona. An easy hike about 6 miles round trip that meanders along and across the shallow creek among crab...
100 N San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, USA
Surely, a college town at the base of skiable mountains on the way to the Grand Canyon must boast a memorable place to caffeinate...or imbibe something more relaxing...right? Flagstaff, Arizona, has its fair share of coffee shops and bars, but...
745 U.S. 89, Kanab, UT 84741, USA
If you don’t win a coveted lottery permit to visit “the Wave” off Highway 89 in Utah, consider the nearby Buckskin Gulch. Covering more than 15 miles, Buckskin is a backpacking paradise for many avid hikers, but all you really need is an afternoon...
2400 N Gemini Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004, USA
Flagstaff, Northern Arizona's winter-playground-college-town, is often overlooked as visitors drive through it on their way to or from the Grand Canyon. But if you have time to linger, this town will reveal its charms. In recent years, it's become...
Utah's famous license plate landmark, Delicate Arch, sits on the edge of a spiral rock wishing well, a massive replica of those that you throw a coin into at the mall. Hike the 1.5 miles to the rim just before sunset to watch the orange sandstone...
This national park is centered along the spine plateau above Bryce Canyon, which drops to the east from the main park road. Along the road are numerous pull-offs for enjoying views down into the canyon, with its miles and miles of awe-inspiring...
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