I’ll admit, I’m just not a big fan of chain hotels. Sure, they do the trick—a bed, a shower, etc. But when I have a choice, I’ll always opt for the local lodging options. I prefer smaller places that have a personal touch, and local owners can always steer you to the best restaurants, activities, and places to see. Whether you’re traveling on a shoestring or you’re planning a big “splurge” trip, this list of five local Utah lodging options includes a place that fits just about every budget.
With 2.6 million visitors in 2017, Bryce Canyon National Park ranks among the most popular national parks in the United States. What many people don’t realize, however, is that there are some other spectacular places just a short drive from the park. Next time you’re in the Bryce area check out these four hikes, including one that’s officially in Bryce Canyon but outside the main park entrance, one in a national monument, and one in a state park.
The state of Utah’s Mighty Five campaign has ensured that everyone now knows about the five national parks there. Visitor numbers are booming, as people from around the world come to see the stunning red rocks and canyons. But Utah has an impressive array of state parks, too. If you’re looking for inspiring scenery and jaw-dropping overlooks, these four Utah state parks are sure to wow you. Dead Horse Point State Park It’s often said that the view from Dead Horse Point rivals that of the Grand Canyon. Even though the Grand Canyon is a geologic panorama on a […]
When I was a kid back in the early 60s, I was terrified by a scene I saw in an old western movie. I watched a grown man die a slow death by sinking in quicksand. It was a typical Hollywood-style quicksand drama…a cowboy slowly sinks deeper and deeper until he’s blowing sand bubbles, and then the only thing that’s left is his hat. In south Florida, where I grew up, we had alligators, sharks, and hurricanes. But as a six-year-old, I couldn’t imagine anything worse than being swallowed alive by liquid sand. A few weeks ago, I was hiking […]