During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Wasatch Mountains
Our Wasatch Mountains are stunning, and one of the first things you see as you fly into the Salt Lake City International Airport. Utahns truly feel lucky to live here when we see our impressive mountains.
2. Delicate Arch
Utah’s most famous and most frequently photographed arch, Delicate is recognizable to our state’s youngest schoolchildren.
3. Eagle Gate Monument
Brigham Young had this gate erected in 1859. It’s been replaced several times over the years, but it’s always been a very distinctive feature of our capital city.
4. Mirror Lake
Perhaps one of Utah’s most photographed lakes, it’s hard not to recognize photos of this beautiful spot.
5. Park City Main Street
Park City’s Main Street is adorable, and most Utahns have visited it at one time or another. Since it’s also the site of the Sundance Film Festival, it’s probably recognizable to people all over the country.
6. University of Utah Stadium
The stadium of Utah’s largest state university is instantly recognizable for anyone who lives in or visits the Salt Lake City area. Even if you’re not a football fan, the stadium overlooks the city and was the site for the 2002 Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
7. Utah State Capitol
What happens in the building has a tremendous impact on the daily lives of Utahns. We should certainly recognize our state’s capitol.
8. Dinah the Big Pink Dino
If you’ve ever visited Vernal, you’ll instantly recognize Dinah.
9. Walker Bank Building
When it opened in 1912, the Walker Bank Building was the tallest building between Chicago and San Francisco. Though it’s not the tallest building in the state anymore, it’s still very recognizable by its lighted, 64-foot tower, which changes color according to Salt Lake’s weather conditions.
10. Spiral Jetty
Created in 1970 by Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty is one of Utah’s most recognizable works of art.
11. This is the Place Monument
When the pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley,
12. Bryce Canyon National Park
The distinctive hoodoos and rock formations of Bryce Canyon National Park are uniquely Utah.
13. U.S. Courthouse for the Utah District
The relatively new District Courthouse opened in April, 2014 and has been compared to a huge air conditioner compressor, the “Borg Cube Ship” from Star Trek and the “Central Bureaucracy” building from the show Futurama. Love it or hate it, you have to admit that it’s quite distinctive.
14. Salt Lake Temple
Whether you’re Mormon or not, you’ll certainly recognize photos of the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.
15. Bingham Canyon Mine
One of the largest open-pit mines in the world, the Bingham Canyon Mine is recognizable even from outer space.
16. Great Salt Lake
The Great Salt Lake is the largest saltwater lake in the Western hemisphere, and Utahns instantly recognize its image.
17. Rio Tinto Stadium
Real Salt Lake routinely sells out seats at its games, so it stands to reason that its stadium would be instantly recognizable to many Utahns.
18. Lagoon’s Roller Coaster
Lagoon’s white, wooden roller coaster is the fourth oldest in the United States. It’s been in operation since 1921, so most Utahns have seen it (and probably ridden it).
19. Metaphor: The Tree of Utah
This quirky, creative, weird work of art sits in the desert between Wendover and Lakepoint. Artist Karl Momen completed it in the 1980s. There’s nothing like it in the rest of the country.