If Utah is in your foreseeable future, then you are bound for beautiful scenery, including mountains, state parks, museums, and other notable landmarks. The state is home to many important archaeological discoveries and historical Mormon-inspired establishments and contributions. There are also numerous Trust Lands for oil and gas, renewable agricultural resources, mining, and plenty of recreational activities that will definitely keep you busy in the ‘State of Deseret’.

If you are looking to engage in the local nightlife and Western cuisine, look no further than Salt Lake City, but if you are in the mood to explore, do not pass up the opportunity to visit spots like, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Arches National Park, among many others!

All that said, we have you covered with things to do and see there. Refer to the below Top 10 list:

  1. Natural History Museum of Utah

There are numerous wonders to behold at this museum, including over 1 million artifacts and specimens, some dating back to 11,500 B.C., and other scientific discoveries. Additionally, guests can also catch a glimpse at frozen DNA swatches as well. The space also includes sections reserved for malacology, entomology, minerology, and paleontology. The museum is open daily, from 10am – 5pm (local time) and until 9pm on Wednesdays. Donations are always welcome and tickets can be purchased in advance, HERE.

  1. Park City Mountain Resort

This 7,300-acre mountain resort is a marquee skiing destination and the second-largest ski resort in the country. The mountain’s 325+ runs can certainly be challenging, as it serves as a training location for the U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Team. Other activities at the lodge include ski and snowboarding lessons, special and private events and even golf! The slopes operate daily, from 9am – 4pm and, on select runs, you can even opt for night skiing!

  1. Utah Symphony

The symphony operates at the Utah Opera, under the tutelage of music director, Thierry Fischer. The symphony has been nominated for numerous Grammy Awards and plays a wide range of culturally significant music. Shows begin at 7:30pm, while preshow lectures begin around 5:45pm. Each show can range from 60-120 minutes, including intermissions. For more information regarding tickets, check out the symphonies schedule.

  1. Hill Aerospace Museum

This museum is located at the Hill Air Force Base. It has thousands of planes, jets, and other vehicles, along with thousands of war-based artifacts, like art and weapons, but only 20% of what is actually housed on the base is displayed for the general public! The museum also features the Utah Aviation Hall of Fame on site as well.

  1. Beehive House

Although its doors are temporarily closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can navigate this establishment, courtesy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The site served as the home of its president, Brigham Young, from 1855-1877. Young resided there with his family of 11, including nine children and two wives. Tours are available year-round, which take up to 30 minutes to complete, while in the summer, the neighboring park hosts lectures and concerts for the general public. The house is also located near one of the state’s fan-favorite NCAA institutions in Brigham Young University (BYU).

  1. Golden Spike National Historic Site

This historic site features a golden railroad spike in the tracks, marking the final spike in the construction of the country’s first transcontinental railroad. Additionally, each Saturday and on holidays, actors hold a reimagining of the ceremony which took place in 1869. Volunteers come equipped in full wardrobe and there is also a steam demonstration by operating locomotives as well. You can also scope out the landscape, view historic photographs, see retired trains and even check out revived historic films as well.

  1. Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Loveland is a 136,000-square foot building, which is broken up into six sections, including ones reserved for Asia and South America and even a penguin research station. The facility also includes a 40-foot submerged shark tunnel and a two-story rainforest full of animals as well. Tickets range from $21.95 for adults and $16.95 for children, 3-12.

  1. Utah’s Hogle Zoo

This animal sanctuary spans over 42 acres and has over 800-different animals, from all over the globe, on its grounds, including at least one animal from each ecosphere. The zoo prides itself on allowing for species to survive via genetic diversity and is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Aside from entry tickets, attendees can also purchase guided tours, one-one-on animal encounters and exclusive feeding sessions. The zoo is open seven days-per-week, 9am – 6 pm, with its only closings on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Tickets are $19.95 for anyone over 13-years-old, while children 3-12 are admitted for $15.95.

  1. Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

This site is open year-round and features numerous beautiful plants, flowers, and tree arrangements, for all seasons. Spring is an ideal time to visit since it includes a tapestry of colors as the foliage changes shades. The location is great for those who enjoy nature watching and hiking, but it also includes an amphitheater too, where concerts and plays are held over the course of the year. Tickets are $14 for adults and for those 17 and under, it’s $7. The hours of operations vary by season, but typically 9am – 6pm.

  1. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

The facility is home for over 1,800 animals available for adoption and is the country’s largest no-kill center in the country. Homeless animals, from all over the U.S., like dogs, cats, and horses, are sent here to recover and, hopefully, find a new home. The sanctuary is also split into sections, to keep all animals consistent and socialized, like dogs in ‘Dogtown’, horses in ‘Horse Haven’, pigs in ‘Piggy Paradise’, etc. Guests can still visit, even if you do not plan on adopting, as there are events held weekly, like yoga, tours, animal tutorials and art sessions.

For even more to see while you’re in ‘The Beehive State’, check out All Places in Utah, courtesy of Atlas Obscura, 18 Top-Rated Attractions & Places to Visit in Utah, via Planetware, and Trip Advisor’s comprehensive activities list of Things to Do in Utah.

You can also find more information about booking the ultimate Utah vacation experience, HERE.

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