Utah Travel Guide
Spectacular river canyons, the high peaks of the Rocky Mountains, endless salt flats and the Colorado River are just a few things that will make you want to come again and again to Utah.
Utah – Geography
A western state of the USA with about 219.000 square km, Utah will impress you with its unique landscape given by the vivid color of the canyons, beautiful waterfalls, pine forests, wild rivers and sky high mountains. Its location and numerous natural attractions make Utah a perfect destination for you vacation. The highest peak in the state is Kings Peak with 4123m altitude and the lowest is Beaverdam Wash with 610m above sea level. Other important attractions are the Colorado River, the Great Salt Lake Desert, Mojave Desert, Bridal Vale waterfall and others.
Its location and various landscapes determine wide variations in temperatures and humidity. Most of the state has a dry, hot climate in summer and a very cold one in winter. Only the highest regions receive a considerable amount of rain or snow throughout the year, the other lower regions remaining almost dry all year round.
Utah - Flora and Fauna
Utah is all about natural reserves, natural monuments. The regional flora and fauna can be admired by any tourist in all national parks that Utah has, and some of them are Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Zion National Park.
Utah – Population
Utah has a population of about 2.700.000, most of them living in the capital city of Salt Lake City and in the metropolitan area. The city is also a well known and appreciated ski resort offering a breathtaking view over the Wasatch Mountains, endless possibilities for outdoor activities like hot air balloon trips, mountain exploring, mountain biking, climbing, fishing adventures and more.
Other important cities are West Valley City, Provo and West Jordan.
Utah - Tips for tourists
If you decide to travel to Utah you must know that a visa is required for almost any nationality, and also a valid machine readable passport. Some nationalities need also return or onward destination tickets. Visas should be obtained before departure by contacting a local embassy or a local consulate office.
The regional currency is the American dollar which can be converted at any local bank, hotel or exchange office.
Utah – Transport
In spite of the large uninhabited surfaces and rough terrain, Utah has a well developed transport infrastructure. There are about 3600 km of railroads, 67.000 km of roads and 95 airports. The railways are here since the nineteenth century and are still a very frequently used. The fastest and easiest way to get to this state is by air using one of the numerous local international airports, the most important being the Salt Lake City International Airport.
Utah – Resorts
Utah offers a huge variety of landscapes, activities and accommodation, from the most sophisticated hotels to the most isolated mountain cabins. A great place to stay if you visit the capital city and want a first class accommodation is the Salt Lake City Marriot City Center. Located near the top tourist attractions of the city, this hotel offers all facilities a demanding guest needs from conference rooms, great restaurant, luxurious fully equipped rooms with marble bathrooms, modern design, quality room service and more.
If you want to visit a more isolated area like the Monuments Valley you could stay in the Four Corners Inn, offering good accommodation in clean spacious rooms, free for children, breakfast, TV and more, or you can choose a cabin like the Abajo Haven Guest Cabins. This type of accommodation is great due to its perfect location near all important attractions and due to the fact that it is environmentally friendly, all cabins being run by solar power electricity.
No matter what you choose, Utah will be an unforgettable experience!
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