UT Posted in Utah July 01, 2015 by Catherine Rees 20 Undeniable Reasons Why Everyone Should Love Utah Utah — the state where you can ski in the morning and bask in the desert sun mere hours later. With our outdoor recreation, Olympic athletes and a rich history, Utah has a lot to offer. 1) Five National Parks Howard Ignatious/flikr We’ve pretty much got that red-rock thing wrapped up. In addition, check out Utah’s seven National Monuments and six National Forests -- all within hours of Salt Lake City’s International airport. 2) Skiing and Snowboarding SnowBirdPhoto/flikr Powder hounds flock to Utah for world-class snow. Our fourteen resorts get around 500 inches every winter. 3) Our Great Salt Lake DaveAW89/flikr We’ve got the largest salt water lake in the entire Western Hemisphere. Those Sea Monkeys you ordered from the back of Boy’s Life magazine when you were a kid? Straight from the lake to your doorstep. 4) Independent Film Raffi Asdourian/flikr You may have heard of a little film festival called Sundance? Robert Redford thought Utah was a great state for indie filmmakers to show their art. We agree. 5) Transcontinental Travel History Jeff Stevan/flikr The joining of two railroads created the first transcontinental railroad, and it happened at Promontory Summit, Utah. 6) The Wasatch Mountains Carlos Scheidegger/flikr Hike to an alpine lake, or perch on an 11,000 foot peak. Fish for rainbow trout, camp in the pines and scope out some of Utah’s plentiful wildlife. 7) Extreme Sports eye-see/flikr Whether we’re dangling from a cliff or jumping from a helicopter to board down a snow-covered cliff, we Utahns love extreme sports. 8) Olympic Heritage GoCal83/flikr We hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002, and the Olympic dream lives on. Aspiring Olympic athletes train here for skiing, aerials, bobsled, skeleton, figure and speed skating. 9) Your Heritage Family History Library People from all over the world research their family histories at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, which houses millions of genealogical records. Check it out...maybe you’re the descendant of a Belgian King! 10) Outlaws Nicholas D./flikr Utah’s crime rate is amongst the lowest in the country, but infamous outlaws such as Billy the Kid and Butch Cassidy once hid out here. 11) We Love Kids Behan/flikr With more kids per family than any other state, we’ve created plenty of ways to keep the little darlin’s entertained. You’ll find tons of kid-friendly entertainment, museums and dining everywhere you go 12) Slickrock Tim Bounds/flikr Mountain bikers in Moab love the sandstone, which creates friction between rubber and rock that allows for some death-defying stunts. 13) Mormon Heritage Sandwich/flikr From the magnificent downtown Salt Lake City temple (which looks an awful lot like a castle), to the fresh-baked rolls at Lion House restaurant, you’ll find plenty of Mormon culture here. 14) Utah's Little Hollywood Al/flikr The tiny town of Kanab is a popular filming location; over 100 movies and many TV shows have brought some of Hollywood’s greats such as John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood and Charlton Heston to the state. 15) Copper DL Wise Photography/flikr The Bingham Canyon Mine is the world’s largest open copper pit. You can see it from outer space. Or from the Visitor’s Center. 16) Kentucky Fried Chicken Jimmy Wayne/flikr The first KFC was built in Salt Lake City, Utah and it’s still serving buckets of fried goodness. 17) Astronauts Horatio3k/flikr Astronauts: The Mars Desert Research Station trains astronauts in Southern Utah.. And really...is there anyone cooler than astronauts? 18) Beer Red Rock Brewing Co. Yes, you can get a drink in Utah. In fact, we’re home to more than a dozen microbreweries producing award-winning brews all over the state. 19) Bonneville Salt Flats Mr. Nixter/flikr 30,000 acres of perfectly flat, salt-packed ground where race car drivers from all over the world gather twice a year to drive really, really fast. 20) Dinosaurs Daveynin/flikr Utah’s oldest residents, clocking in at 150 million years or so. Of course, this is only 20 reasons. Why do you love Utah?