The Definitive Guide To Uncovering Utah’s Best Attractions — Small Towns, Gorgeous Parks, Museums, And More!
Utah truly has it all. From towering mountains and ski resorts, all the way to the desert filled with arches and hoodoos, Utah is the place to be if you are looking to experience a wide range of attractions. Utah also hosts some of the best boat and train adventures, markets and shops, and even museums that you just have to experience! Keep reading for some of our favorite Utah attractions.
Utah may be America’s next “hot” state with lots of people moving here every year! But, there are still plenty of small towns throughout Utah that are perfect for a small-town visit. Mt. Pleasant, Utah, in Sanpete County has a population of just under 3500 along with a 19th Century historic Main Street filled with local businesses. Kamas, Utah, is another one of our favorite small towns. The town is known as “The Gateway to the Uintas” and is a great stop on your way to the mountains. Come check out these awesome small towns on your next weekend getaway.
Once an urban legend, “Hobbitville” was said to be a neighborhood inhabited by gnomes, evil creatures, and magical hobbits. Today, Allen Park encompasses the neighborhood filled with tiny houses. The neighborhood started when Dr. Allen moved to the area where he kept exotic animals and rented housing to local professors and artists. Today, Allen Park is run by the city and is a fascinating and fun place to visit.
The Christkindlmarkt is a German Christmas Market that features over 90 vendors with unique, hand-crafted items and plenty of treats, both sweet and savory! The Market also has a choir, visits from Santa, and a live nativity scene. If you are looking for something a little different for your next holiday season, be sure to check out The Christkindlmarkt in Salt Lake City.
Legacy Bridge can be found in Midway, Utah, and is the longest covered bridge in Utah! The bridge is 110 feet long and was dedicated as part of the 2002 Winter Olympics Midway Lane Gold Medal Mile. The bridge stretches across the Provo River which can be beautiful when the river is flowing in the springtime. If you are a fan of bridges or just the outdoors, be sure to come admire Legacy Bridge.
The NPS Store (National Product Sales, Inc.) is a one-of-a-kind store in Salt Lake City, Utah. The store is located in a giant warehouse with an ever rotating selection of close-out, damaged, and overstocked merchandise. Walking through the store, there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to the items available which makes every shopping trip an adventure. Whether you need groceries or scrap metal, be sure to check out the NPS store because they may have just the deal you’ve been looking for.
A sunset cruise on the Great Salt Lake is truly a one-of-a-kind boat ride. Tours leave from the Great Salt Lake Marina in Magna, Utah, so hop on to one of their two hour adventures for a romantic evening with dinner, wine, and gorgeous views of the sunset over the water. A dinner cruise on Great Salt Lake is an evening you won’t ever forget.
The Herber Valley Railroad is definitely the place for your next adventure. The three hour train ride will take you around Deer Creek Reservoir and along the Provo River, where you can enjoy the beautiful Utah scenery from your window. The railway also hosts Wild West Shootouts that are staged at the station before train departures throughout the day. The Herber Valley Railroad really will provide a magical afternoon.
Utah’s coolest museum may be the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah. The museum boasts the largest collection of full dinosaur skeleton displays in the world, and they are truly incredible. As you wander the halls, you are sure to see some magnificent skeletons, and you may even get lucky enough to see some scientists at work in their lab. A day at the Museum of Ancient Life is sure to be an enjoyable and educational day.