Golden Lobes: Best In-State Staycation Spots
We’ll never deny our allegiance to the Beehive State, but we admit that it’s nice to get out of the house for the weekend. If you’re feeling a little winter weary or just need a break from everyday life, we hear you loud and clear. While you could hop on a plane and leave Utah behind, with hundreds of awe-inspiring local destinations right here in your very own state, there’s no need to leave. So, the next time you’re feeling cabin fever set in, head to one of our four favorite in-state staycation spots below:
Utahans first flocked to Park City in the late 1800’s when silver, gold, and lead was discovered in the area’s hills. Thanks to these new-found riches, the city saw a boom in population, but the mining craze was short-lived and replaced with a new industry after World War I: skiing. Nowadays, people flock to Park City from all over the world for Sundance Film Festival, the slopes at Park City Mountain Resort, and world-class, shopping, dining, and spas.
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains on the Utah-Idaho border, Bear Lake and its famous turquoise surf have earned the moniker, “Caribbean of the Rockies.” With its sandy beaches and open water, the lake is a favorite weekend retreat of boaters, kayakers, or those simply eager to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. And, thanks to the raspberry bushes that grow at the water’s edge, the nearby Garden City has hosted Raspberry Days every August since 1984. With raspberry recipes, entertainment, and even a berry-themed beauty pageant, the festival has something for the whole family.
When the harsh winter winds of Northern Utah are just too much to bear, Southern Utah’s red cliffs in St. George are the perfect respite from snowy Salt Lake City. And while the area boasts top-notch golf courses and blue skies, its convenient proximity to Zion National Park, Las Vegas, and The Grand Canyon makes St. George a perennial favorite of road trippers who are trekking through the American Southwest.
Lake Powell is Utah’s favorite vacation destination that almost never was. Back in the 1950’s, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation was on the hunt for a spot to build a dam that would house enough water for Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. After surveying a few different options, Glen Canyon in Page, Arizona was decided on in the last minute. The Glen Canyon Dam was built, water flooded the area, and the result is Lake Powell: a 186-mile long lake set between the desert’s red cliffs. Thanks to its warm waters and picturesque scenery, the lake is a longstanding favorite of outdoor enthusiasts and thrill-seekers from around the state.
Next time you’re feeling wanderlust kick in, don’t book a flight out of Utah. Instead, hit the open road and head to any of these awesome destinations. They’re rich in culture, jam-packed with views, and ideal for relaxation; we promise you won’t regret it.