Weekend Getaway in Utah for Every Type of Traveler
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Utah might just be my favorite state in the lower 48. With an abundance of natural wonders to explore in seemingly endless miles of dirt roads and desert, balanced with some of the world's most incredible spas and luxury experiences, I feel like I leave a piece of my heart behind every time I have to leave this beautiful state. If you're looking for adventure, relaxation, or a combination of both, Utah has something to offer for any one on any weekend.
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Where to stay in Utah
Sorrel River Ranch Resort
A destination in and of itself, Sorrel River has amazing views, its own farm, horseback riding and more.
Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley
Upscale ski resort with chic rooms and suites as well as direct access to Park City Mountain.
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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City
Dynamic and stylishly designed hotel with spirited guest rooms, delicious flavors in the restaurant and bar and communal spaces that are emphatically eccentric and welcoming to all.
$50 hotel / resort credit.
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Things to do in Utah
Hike into Saturday
Angel's Landing - A strenuous hike in Zion National Park with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Conquer the challenging trail for a panoramic view of the park.
The Narrows - A hike in Zion National Park that takes you through a narrow canyon along the Virgin River. Explore the narrow and winding canyon for a unique hiking experience.
Delicate Arch - A moderate hike in Arches National Park to see the iconic Delicate Arch formation. Admire the stunning formation and the surrounding landscape on a scenic hike.
Alta Ski Resort - A ski resort in the winter and a popular hiking destination in the summer, offering scenic trails and breathtaking views. Enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys, whether you're hiking or skiing.
Celebrate Self-Care Sunday
The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge - A luxurious spa in Park City offering a range of treatments, including massages, facials, and body treatments. Relax and rejuvenate with a range of spa treatments in a luxurious setting.
Serenity Spa at Canyons Resort - A full-service spa in Park City offering massages, facials, and other rejuvenating treatments. Pamper yourself with a range of spa services in a relaxing and rejuvenating environment.
Spa at Red Mountain Resort - A wellness spa in St. George offering a range of spa services including massages, hydrotherapy, and body treatments. Recharge and rejuvenate with spa treatments designed to promote wellness and relaxation.
Extend the Trip
Visit the Great Salt Lake - A unique natural wonder with a high salt concentration and a variety of bird species. Explore the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere and admire its beauty.
Explore Bryce Canyon National Park - A scenic park known for its colorful rock formations and breathtaking vistas. Admire the stunning formations and vistas of this iconic park.
Take a scenic drive through Moab - A picturesque town with a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities, including rock climbing and mountain biking. Enjoy a scenic drive through this charming town and take in its natural beauty.
Visit the Mormon Temple Square - A historical and cultural attraction in Salt Lake City with a stunning architecture and rich history. Explore the history and culture of this important religious and cultural site.
Visit the Natural History Museum of Utah - A museum in Salt Lake City showcasing the state's natural history, with exhibits on geology, biology, and anthropology. Explore the rich history of Utah and its diverse landscapes.
Attend a performance at the Eccles Theater - A performing arts theater in Salt Lake City offering a variety of shows, including plays, concerts, and dance performances. Enjoy a cultural experience in a stunning and modern theater.
Places to eat & drink in Utah
The Front - A farm-to-table restaurant in Salt Lake City serving local and seasonal cuisine. Enjoy dishes made with fresh ingredients, sourced from local farms.
Red Iguana - A Mexican restaurant in Salt Lake City serving authentic dishes made with fresh ingredients. Savor the flavors of Mexico in a warm and welcoming setting.
Takashi - A Japanese restaurant in Salt Lake City serving sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese specialties. Experience the flavors of Japan in a chic and contemporary setting.
Current Fish & Oyster - A seafood restaurant in Salt Lake City offering a menu of fresh seafood, raw bar, and craft cocktails. Savor the flavors of the sea in a stylish and sophisticated setting.
The Eating Establishment - A classic diner in Salt Lake City serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes with a twist. Dine on classic American dishes with a modern twist, in a lively and bustling atmosphere.
Handle - An American brasserie in Park City with a menu featuring local ingredients and hand-crafted cocktails. Enjoy a taste of the local flavors in a comfortable, cozy atmosphere.
Bru house - A European-style bistro in Park City offering a menu of classic dishes with a twist. Dine on traditional dishes, reinterpreted with a contemporary twist.
The Park Cafe - A cozy café in Park City serving breakfast, lunch, and brunch dishes made with local ingredients. Enjoy a delicious meal in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
High West Distillery & Saloon - A unique dining experience in Park City combining a distillery, saloon, and restaurant. Enjoy hand-crafted cocktails and delicious cuisine in a rustic and charming atmosphere.
Riverhorse on Main - A fine dining restaurant in Park City serving innovative cuisine, using local ingredients. Indulge in a gourmet dining experience with a menu that showcases the best of local ingredients.
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Utah has something to offer for everyone and it's one of my favorite domestic destinations to plan. With its stunning natural beauty, fascinating history, and abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities, a weekend getaway to Utah is sure to be a memorable experience. However, if you just so happen to have 3 weeks of free time, I highly encourage you extend that weekend and let me fill it with an incredible itinerary full of Utah's most magical places; even then, I wouldn't be covering half of it.
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