Utah is a state that almost looks like it belongs to another planet entirely, Martian in some parts and otherworldly in others.
If you’re an outdoor lover, there is a wealth of incredible places to visit in Utah to keep exploring indefinitely, whether you’re visiting Utah for just a week on a road trip or you’re a Utah or neighboring state local.
With five national parks, not to mention numerous national monuments and state parks, there’s a wealth of things to do in Utah for all types of travelers, but especially adventurous ones.
This Utah bucket list is full of what I find to be the best places to visit in Utah as well as several places I’ve yet to visit but have on my USA bucket list!
Utah Bucket List: The Best Things to Do & Places to Visit in Utah
Hike to Delicate Arch in Arches State Park
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Gape at the world’s longest arch, Landscape Arch
Spot the famous “Double Arches” in Arches National Park
Look through the “North Window” to the Turret Arch
Spot the “Balanced Rock” in Arches
See the fall leaves change color in the Wasatch Mountains
See Utah’s own ‘Lake Tahoe’, White Pine Lake
Marvel at the Bonneville Salt Flats
Explore Salt Lake City’s brewery and nightlife scene
Take cool reflective photos at the Great Salt Lake
Visit Antelope Island, the largest island in the Great Salt Lake
Spot the sun rise through Mesa Arch at Canyonlands National Park
Explore the lesser-visited vistas of Canyonlands
Spend time on the gorgeous Lake Powell
Drive the famous road through Monument Valley (Route 163)
Drive through the scenic Bears Ears National Monument
Explore the offbeat Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
Hike the Toadstools trail near Kanab
Visit the lesser-known Snow Canyon State Park
Hike the hair-rising Angels Landing trail in Zion National Park
Wade through the Narrows in Zion National Park
Hike the Watchman Trail in Zion National Park
Get an incredible view from Observation Point (Zion NP)
See the calm Archangel Falls on the Subway Trail in Zion National Park
Spend the night in a yurt near Zion
Spot the Milky Way from your glampsite
See the petroglyphs carved by Native Americans at McConkie Ranch
Experience the bizarre landscape of Goblin Valley State Park
See the historic barn in Capitol Reef National Park
Stand in awe of the Temple of the Sun in Capitol Reef National Park
Hike Mount Timpanogos among spring wildflowers
See Utah’s gorgeous Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon
Swim in the Caribbean-colored waters of Bear Lake
Drive the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway through the Uinta Mountains
Get a slice of the Sahara in the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Marvel at the arches in Coyote Gulch in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Squeeze through one of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument slot canyons
Explore outside of Moab in a 4×4
Glamp under the stars in Moab
Catch sunset at Corona Arch outside of Moab
See the Fisher Towers outside Moab
See Utah’s Big Bend of the Colorado River
See the Newspaper Rock petroglyphs
Marvel at the views at Dead Horse Point State Park
Hike amongst hoodoos on the scenic Navajo Loop trail in Bryce Canyon National Park
Ride a hot air balloon above Park City
Experience Utah’s ski scene at the Snowbird ski resort
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