There’s something majestic about Utah’s otherworldly, rugged landscape. With more national parks, state parks, national monuments and natural wonders than you can explore in one trip, Utah keeps active travelers coming back for more.
Adventure-loving families already know Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands National Park and Monument Valley should be on your list, but these additional can’t-miss locales will be reason enough to plan two trips.
See the 72-mile-long Great Salt Lake on a warm-weather trip to Utah. On the south end of the lake, visitors find a local park and beach space to lounge between dips in the water. Perfect for a refreshing dip with the kids after a long hike or just a unique way to soak in the Utah summer sun. Like the Dead Sea, Great Salt Lake’s high-salt content allows swimmers to bob at the surface, so just relax and float with the family.
While in the area, head to Antelope Island State Park for hiking, beaching and incredible photo ops. More of a peninsula jutting out into Great Salt Lake, this stop is an easy way to check two destinations off your list. Just pack a day pack for your hike, including water, snacks and other essentials you might need — this locale offers more adventure pursuits than a few hours can allow.
For that star-filled night sky and otherworldly landscape your family has been dreaming of, Moab is the gateway to Arches National Park and a total must-visit. The geological wonder boasts Canyonlands National Park, Native American rock art, archeological finds at Bull Canyon Overlook and Copper Ridge and even more in the city.
Climb Grand Staircase cliffs and terraces, make your way to the Kaiparowits Plateau and shimmy through slot canyons. Visit the Escalante River Canyons filled with natural bridges, arches and monoliths. There’s even a quaint town nearby with Wild West-esque restaurants, general stores and attractions — just make sure you going during high season (spring and summer) as this village becomes a ghost town later in the year.
Once home to dinosaurs and prehistoric dwellers, Dinosaur National Monument is an incredible site for all ages. Check out dinosaur remains still embedded in the rocks and hike along stunning lakes, mountainsides and truly breathtaking terrain.
There is so much more to do in Utah, we would be here all day just talking about it. Plan for multiple trips and don’t try to do it all in one — there is just so much to see and do. Take it all in while you can and know your family can come back for the rest.
With warmer weather coming our way, it’s time to start planning a family-fun spring getaway. While brainstorming different destinations, keep Greater Williamsburg in mind. Check out this list of special events and activities going on this spring and summer.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card recently launched BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com, an interactive, online resource allowing families to plan future travel together. The launch followed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Survey of parents and grandparents that revealed most parents believe children are important resources for planning family vacations and that one-third of parents don’t currently involve their children in planning but would like to.
Finding inspiration from the Netflix movie Yes Day, Fairmont Mayakoba unveiled a Yes Day-Inspired Vacation Experience for families. Families can experience a range of activities for a day of fun. Encourage your family to say yes to all the fun on offer.
Gaylord Hotels invites guests to experience the Summer of More. The brand debuts its summer programming beginning May 21, running through Sept. 6 at Gaylord Texan in Texas, Gaylord Rockies in Colorado, Gaylord Palms in Florida, and Gaylord Opryland in Tennessee. Guests choose from a variety of special programming and events, including aquatic experiences, culinary offerings, spa treatments, live entertainment and more.
An Upgraded Points study, conducted in March 2021 across U.S. residents of various ages (18 and older) and genders, determined which Disney World rides were most popular. The survey participants were asked to name their favorite ride overall from Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, as well as their favorite ride in each specific park.
Coconut water is an amped-up version of plain H2O with many beneficial properties. For starters, it replenishes electrolytes after a hard workout and provides a source of vital nutrients, like potassium and vitamin C, to keep you on your best game. The best part about the delicious drink is it tastes like you are drinking straight from the coconut.