As one of the western states Utah has a lot to offer with its colorful terrain, assortment of national parks and recreational activities. It boasts multihued mountains, plateaus and desserts as part of its landscape. Thousands of visitors are drawn to this state each year.

Utah, the 13th largest state in the country, was admitted to the union in 1896. Most of the state’s residents, known as Utahns, live in urban areas. Among these urban areas is the state’s capital and largest city, Salt Lake City. Utah, which means “People of the mountains,” is known for its religious and hardworking people hence the state’s motto “Industry.”

Activities

Each year Utah attract thousands of tourists looking to indulge in outdoor recreational activities. And Utah delivers just that. Among the outdoor activities are skiing, golfing, hunting, kayaking, fishing, whitewater rafting, houseboating, biking and hiking. Whatever you choose to do there’s an adventure waiting for you. For nature lovers the state offers a wide mountain terrain and beautiful scenery as most of the state’s land is uninhabited.

Museums

Utah is rich in history and culture as evident in the variety of heritage and art museums throughout the state. Many cities have museums that focus the state’s history, traditions, natural resources and art. Some of these museums include the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum, John Hutchings Museum of Natural History, Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts, Fort Douglas Military Museum, Hellenic Cultural Museum, Museum of Utah Art & History, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Springville Museum of Art, Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum and the John Wesley Powell River History Museum. Whatever your area of interest you’re sure to find a museum suited for your tastes.

Shopping

While outdoor activities are popular in Utah there are also plenty of places to shop. Those looking for shopping in Utah will find a variety of venues including quaint stores, specialty shops, malls and outlets. The state’s largest mall is the South Towne Center in Sandy, Utah.

Sports

Utah has all the competitive action sports enthusiasts need. Those in town for a basketball game can watch the Utah Jazz play at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City. Football fans can watch the Utah Blaze, the state’s newest professional team. The state also has a professional soccer team, Real Salt Lake as well as a hockey team, the Utah Grizzlies. There two minor league baseball teams as well as a variety of college sports.

Accommodation

There are plenty of places to stay during a trip to Utah. In addition to the traditional hotel accommodations Utah offers lodging at charming bed & breakfasts. For those looking for destination lodging try campgrounds and ski resorts. Popular hotels in Utah include the Stein Eriksen Lodge, the Garden Cottage Bed And Breakfast, Marriott Salt Lake City Center and the Canyons Resort.

Transport

If you are looking for a way to get around and enjoy all that Utah has to offer there are a variety of travel methods to suit your needs. Options include renting a vehicle, using a private transit service or taking advantage of the state’s public transportation system.