1. Tracy Aviary
You visit Hogle Zoo to see the animals, why not check out Tracy Aviary. The aviary is tucked away inside Liberty Park. It sits on 7.5 acres and houses over 400 birds. The bird shows are amazing.
2. Hill Aerospace Museum
Some museums are boring, but not Hill Aerospace Museum! The museum sits on 30 acres and offers more than 90 military aircraft and tons of military artifacts, vehicles and uniforms.
3. Red Butte Garden
Sure, it’s a great summer concert venue, but have you visited the gardens lately? Red Butte Gardens covers 100 acres on the edge of the University of Utah campus. Wander through the various gardens and hike along the five miles of trails that meander through the garden.
The big resorts get all the attention (and all the tourists!) Get away from the crowds this winter at Snowbasin. The lift lines are shorter, the lift tickets are less expensive, and the view...is breathtaking.
5. The Cathedral of the Madeleine
The LDS temple draws the crowds, and it’s certainly beautiful. But nearby, the stunning Cathedral of the Madeleine also offers some amazing architecture. You don't get stopped at the door of the Cathedral - they welcome visitors and will even give you a tour!
6. Lindquist Field, Ogden
You probably love to go watch the Salt Lake Bees play in the summer, but if you make a short trip up to Ogden, you can see the Ogden Raptors at Linquist Stadium. The Raptors are an Advanced Rookie League, so they aren’t at the same level as the Bees, but the stadium has an impressive view of the mountains and the baseball is every bit as fun to watch.
7. Apollo Burger
Crown Burger gets all the burger love, but Apollo also has delicious pastrami burgers, fries and fry sauce.
8. Edge of Cedars State Park
Edge of Cedars State Park is a great place to learn about Anasazi culture. The museum houses the largest collection of Ancestral Puebloan pottery in the region, and you can explore the Puebloan Village, too.
9. Snow Canyon State Park
The ancient lava flows at Snow Canyon State Park make for some beautiful scenery and interesting terrain. It’s located near Ivins, in Southern Utah. Next time you’re visiting one of the huge national parks, stop by humble Snow Canyon State Park...it’s well worth your time.
10. Topaz Mountain
A great spot for rock hounds! Grab some sturdy shoes and a collection bag, then head out to find bits of topaz.
11. Warner Valley Dinosaur Track Site
Everyone knows about the Carnegie Quarry in Vernal, but this site, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, boasts over 400 Jurassic-era dinosaur tracks. Hike right alongside them and truly walk where dinosaurs once walked. The site is near St. George.
12. Dead Horse State Park
If you’ve seen the movie “Thelma and Louise,” you’ve seen Dead Horse State Park - it’s featured at the very end of the movie in the iconic car scene. The view from Dead Horse is stunning.
13. Calf Creek Recreation Area
The hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls brings you to this quiet, secluded oasis with a 126-foot waterfall. You’ll find it off Scenic Route 12 in the Grand Canyon Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
14. Devil’s Kitchen
Devil’s Kitchen has been called the “miniature Bryce.” It has many of the same hoodoos and red-rock spires that you’re accustomed to seeing at Bryce...but it’s hidden away off the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway.