Utah is full of gorgeous spots, but there are a few that simply shouldn’t be missed. Here are 15 places in the Beehive State to see before you die.
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1. The Alpine Loop
The Alpine Loop takes you from American Fork Canyon to Provo Canyon. Along this 20 mile drive, you'll have some stunning views of the Uinta National Forest. It's particularly popular during autumn months, when fall foliage bursts into color.
2. Bryce Canyon National Park
With its colorful hoodoos and spires and endless views, Bryce Canyon National Park is jaw-dropping. You can spend hours here just taking photographs from the various overlooks at the park. Then, spend even more hours hiking down into the amphitheater to see the hoodoos up close.
3. The Ogden Valley
Nestled in the mountains above Ogden, the Ogden Valley is just heavenly. Between the charming, rural communities of Eden and Huntsville, the popular Pineview Reservoir and two ski areas, there's lots to see and do in this pretty place.
4. Lake Powell
When the Glen Canyon Dam was built it was highly controversial, but the resulting reservoir has a beauty that no one can deny. Lake Powell covers 161,390 acres and stretches for 186 miles across the Arizona/Utah border. The many inlets and coves in this reservoir make it a great place to explore by boat.
5. Provo River Falls
One of Utah's most beautiful and most accessible waterfalls, Provo River Falls is nowhere near the town of Provo. It's located along the Mirror Lake Scenic Highway, above Kamas, and you can see it right from the parking lot.
6. Arches National Park
You aren't truly a legit Utahn until you've seen Delicate Arch. It's so much bigger in real life, and truly spectacular. Of course, Delicate Arch is just one of the more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches you'll find here.
7. Bonneville Salt Flats
People come from all over the world to visit the Bonneville Salt Flats. World speed records have been made here, but that's not the only reason to visit. This vast, barren place has its own unique beauty.
8. Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park covers an area of 378 miles, and you'll find plenty of photo-worthy sites here. Pictured is Cathedral Valley, where you'll find some spectacular rock formations. An International Dark Sky Park, this place is perfect for viewing the night sky.
9. Fishlake National Forest
Situated near three national parks and a national monument, Fishlake National Forest is highly underrated. You'll find the largest living organism here, too - Pando, a colony of quaking aspen that's at least 80 million years old. The forest covers 1.5 million acres.
10. Bear Lake
Known as the Caribbean of the Rockies, Bear Lake's azure waters will enchant and delight you from the moment you set your eyes on it. The lake's deep blue color comes from limestone deposits that are suspended in the water. While you're there, grab a raspberry shake - Bear Lake Raspberries are delicious.
11. Dead Horse Point State Park
It's hard to convey the massive size of these cliffs from a photograph, which is why you need to stop at the lookout and see it for yourself. The views are endless here. You'll find Dead Horse State Park southwest of Moab.
12. The Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island
Utah's largest lake is also the largest salt water lake in the entire Western hemisphere, and every Utah schoolchild can quickly point to it on a map. It can be stinky and surrounded by hordes of bugs, but you have to admit that it's also really breathtaking. Visit Antelope Island for some great views and to see the herd of bison that lives there.
13. Zion National Park
Zion National Park is seriously overcrowded these days, with nearly three million visitors every year. Don't let the tourists scare you away from one of Utah's most brilliant treasures. This park has hiking trails for every level of fitness, and views to die for.
14. Brighton Lakes
High above Brighton Resort, you'll find three azure-blue lakes: Lake Mary (pictured here), Lake Martha and Lake Catherine. The hike up to the lakes takes you through some of the most enchanting alpine beauty that Utah has to offer. The trail starts at the base of Brighton resort.
15. Canyonlands National Park
This humongous park is so large that it's split into four districts: Island in the Sky, Needles, the Maze and the rivers. Island in the Sky is the most accessible for the average Utahn, and it's where you'll find Mesa Arch (pictured here).
We’ve kept this list to 15 places to avoid overwhelming you, but there are definitely many more. What else would you add to this list? Tell our readers in the comments.