In between the trips and daydreams, my current home-base is located in the great–and beautiful— state of Utah, in the bustling, and ever-growing capital known as Salt Lake City. I’ve lived here for close to five years and although the traffic can sometimes be a nightmare, and the liquor laws are slightly more than strict, Salt Lake City has treated me well.
Over the last few years, our vacations always start by hopping on flights that are at least six hours or more as we set out across the world to explore places that we’ve only ever dreamed about. And while I’m always up for world travel, lately we’ve come to realize how little of our own state we have actually explored–don’t get me wrong, I have fond memories of exploring Lake Powell during my childhood, and we regularly hang out at local gems like Park City and Bear Lake, yet there is a long list of places that we haven’t had the chance to explore.
Utah has so much to offer: from the dramatic mountainous landscapes in the North, to the wide-barren expanses of red rock in the South, this state is incredibly diverse. There’s something for everyone from hiking, rock climbing, horse-back riding, and camping, to swimming, boating, kayaking, and sailing… and it’s time that we made a point to get out there and explore our own backyard.
And why not begin by checking off the Mighty Five from our list. Utah is “America’s National Park Capital” with FIVE incredible National Parks within the state lines: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zions. Each park offers unique experiences, dramatic landscapes, and the opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime.
We have less than two months until our anniversary trip to Thailand and I was hoping to plan a trip to Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park during that time frame; however, we found out that my poor husband fractured his wrist during his Open Water certification–his injury has less to do with fighting off sharks and more to do with a
slippery tricky entry point–but that’s a story for another day… For now, we will have to wait and see how his recovery goes before we lose ourselves in the mesmerizing red rock canyons.
For those that don’t know, the summer months in southern Utah are smothered in extreme (and very dangerous) heat and you won’t find me out hiking in the triple digit weather. So if we don’t make it out this spring, we will have to be patient and wait until the cooler temperatures this fall to explore the Mighty Five. Here’s to 2015 and
finally exploring more of our own backyard!
Have you been to any of these National Parks? I’d love to hear your advice on activities that we cannot miss.