From awesome skiing in the winter to fun outdoor adventures in the spring, summer and fall, Utah makes it easy to plan a family or a romantic weekend getaway full of natural beauty and relaxation. Check into one of these amazing places that made our list and let rejuvenation begin.
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1.Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City
2.Sundance Resort - 1 hour from Salt Lake City
3.Stein Eriksen Lodge - 40 minutes from Salt Lake City
4.Weekend Getaways in Utah: Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City
5.Utah Vacations: Hotel Park City - 40 minutes from Salt Lake City
6.Utah Vacation Spots: The Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa - 3 hours 50 minutes
7.Weekend Getaways Near Me: Best Western Plus Abbey Inn and Suites - 4 hours 30 minutes
8.Romantic Getaways in Utah: Hines Mansion - 45 minutes
9.Romantic Getaways Near Me: Castle Creek Inn - 25 minutes
10.Getaway Places near Me: SkyRidege Inn
11.Utah Honeymoon: Red River Ranch
12.Romantic Getaways in Utah: Crescent Moon Inn
13.Romantic Hotels in Utah: Dream Katchers Lake Powell
14.Weekend Trips from Utah: Alaskan Inn
15.Couples Getaway Utah: Castle Valley Inn
16.Romantic Getaways in Utah: Sunflower Hill Inn
17.Places to Relax near Me: Cali Cochitta B&B
18.Utah Destinations: Ellerbeck Bed & Breakfast
19.Couples Resorts Near Me: Woodland Farmhouse Inn
20.Getaway Places Near Me: Arrowhead Country Inn & Cabins
20 Best Weekend Getaways in Utah
- Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City , Photo: Grand America Hotel
- Sundance Resort - 1 hour from Salt Lake City , Photo: Sundance Resort
- Stein Eriksen Lodge - 40 minutes from Salt Lake City , Photo: Stein Eriksen Lodge
- Weekend Getaways in Utah: Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, Photo: Hotel Monaco Salt
- Utah Vacations: Hotel Park City - 40 minutes from Salt Lake City , Photo: Hotel Park City
- Utah Vacation Spots: The Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa - 3 hours 50 minutes, Photo: The Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa
- Weekend Getaways Near Me: Best Western Plus Abbey Inn and Suites - 4 hours 30 minutes, Photo: Best Western Plus Abbey Inn and Suites
- Romantic Getaways in Utah: Hines Mansion - 45 minutes, Photo: Hines Mansion
- Romantic Getaways Near Me: Castle Creek Inn - 25 minutes, Photo: Castle Creek Inn
- Getaway Places near Me: SkyRidege Inn, Photo: SkyRidege Inn
- Utah Honeymoon: Red River Ranch, Photo: Red River Ranch
- Romantic Getaways in Utah: Crescent Moon Inn, Photo: Crescent Moon Inn
- Romantic Hotels in Utah: Dream Katchers Lake Powell, Photo: Dream Katchers Lake Powell
- Weekend Trips from Utah: Alaskan Inn, Photo: Alaskan Inn
- Couples Getaway Utah: Castle Valley Inn, Photo: Castle Valley Inn
- Romantic Getaways in Utah: Sunflower Hill Inn, Photo: Sunflower Hill Inn
- Places to Relax near Me: Cali Cochitta B&B, Photo: Cali Cochitta B&B
- Utah Destinations: Ellerbeck Bed & Breakfast, Photo: Ellerbeck Bed & Breakfast
- Couples Resorts Near Me: Woodland Farmhouse Inn, Photo: Woodland Farmhouse Inn
- Getaway Places Near Me: Arrowhead Country Inn & Cabins, Photo: Arrowhead Country Inn & Cabins
- Cover Photo: John/stock.adobe.com
Top Utah Vacation Destinations
Couples Getaway Utah: Moab, UT
Spend an active outdoor weekend in Moab where you can walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs and have the time of your life enjoying every outdoor activity you can imagine. You can explore the fascinating desert scenery on foot, bike, horse-back or 4X4 in several different locations. Dead Horse Point State Park in the Canyonlands National Park will introduce you to the huge red and white stone pillars called The Needles, and many other fascinating rock formations and canyons. There are several hiking trails and a scenic 4X4 trail, as well as picnicking and camping. Other great hiking trails include the very scenic Corona Arch Trail alongside the winding Colorado River.
If you are not up to hiking you can still enjoy all the magnificent scenery on one of several scenic drives; The Potash Road drive will take you to see ancient rock art and dinosaur tracks, and the Utah Scenic Byway 279 is another excellent option.
Adventure seekers can choose from rafting trips, rock and ice climbing, stand-up paddling, kayaking and canyoneering with Red River Adventures or Moab Adventure Center, while 4X4 drivers, hikers and cyclists can take on the Hell's Revenge slick rock trail. Kids will love the Moab Giants Dinosaur Park which has a 3D cinema and life-size dinosaur replicas, and Adventure Park Moab which offers a variety of high-rope adventures. Grab some genuine fossils to take home from the Moab Rock Shop.
Utah Vacation Destinations: Salt Lake City
Come and spend an interesting and active weekend in Salt Lake City, combining outdoor activities with art, history, culture and family fun. You can learn all about pioneer history at the Pioneer Memorial Museum, while the Natural History Museum of Utah offers an insight into the unique geology, history and native cultures of Utah. If you would like to trace your ancestry the Family History Library has all the resources you need.
You can get some exercise and fresh air at the Red Butte Garden (a botanical garden and arboretum with miles of walking trails). Sugar House Park has year round trails for hiking, cycling and snowshoeing, and you can also enjoy these activities and more at Big Cottonwood Canyon and Lake Blanche. If you fancy a sunset walk you can hike to Ensign Peak to watch the sunset over Great Salt Lake.
To get a great overview of the town you can take a Salt Lake Trolley Tour which includes most of the city highlights including Temple Square (epicenter of the Mormon religion), the State Capitol Building and the Historic District. Family activities include Utah's Hogle Zoo, Tracy Aviary in Liberty Park, Wheeler Historic Farm and the fascinating Clark Planetarium. Art patrons can attend the Ballet West or listen to the famous Salt Lake City Tabernacle Choir.
Weekend Trips from Utah: Park City, UT
Conveniently situated just 32 miles from Salt Lake City, Park City offers excellent skiing and winter sports as well as good summer activities for your weekend getaway. Park City's skiing areas were the setting for the 2002 Winter Olympics and consequently infrastructure and facilities are exceptional. Park City Mountain Resort is linked by gondola to Canyon's Resort, forming the largest skiing area in the U.S.A., and together with Deer Valley and the Utah Olympic Park offer you endless snow activities including skiing, snowboarding, bobsledding, snowshoeing and more. At Gorgoza Park you can try snow-tubing or you could visit Red Pines Adventures to experience their 2-hour snowmobile tours.
In summer the emphasis changes to hiking, biking, and water adventures; Utah Outdoor Adventures offer guided kayaking and rafting trips or you can get Exclusive Excursions to tailor-make a kayaking, white-water rafting or other excursion to suit your ability. You can hike or cycle through Swaner Preserve and Eco Center or make your way along the Union Pacific Rail Trail. If you would like to explore by car you can drive the Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway (part of Utah State Route 190) to see the beautiful landscape.
Park City Main Street Historic District is a must-see attraction comprising 47 historic buildings that now house boutiques and restaurants, and the Park City Museum will educate you about the region's history and mining legacy.
Utah Destinations: Ogden
Ogden is situated just 30 inutes North of Salt Lake City, nestled between the mountains and Great Salt Lake, offering year-round outdoor fun combined with historic, cultural and family attractions. Ogden is best known as a winter-sport destination and you can enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and snowboarding at Nordic Valley, Snowbasin Ski Resort and Powder Mountain, all less than 20mins from downtown Ogden. In the summer, you can explore over 210 miles of hiking and biking trails - a few of the most popular are situated in Taylor Canyon and Hidden ValleyWaterfall Canyon, where a 3 mile loop trail will bring you to a beautiful 200ft waterfall. The area boasts several golf courses and a myriad of lakes and streams for fishing and boating.
For a break from active pursuits you can explore 3 blocks of historic buildings in the 25th Street Historic District, now home to over 100 boutiques and restaurants, or visit the impressive Hill Aerospace Museum to see more than 90 aircraft which trace the history of military aviation from humble beginnings to the present day. You could also visit the Utah State Railroad Museum or take the children to have fun at Dinosaur Park, where there are over 100 life-size robotic dinosaurs to meet. Other activities for children include the Treehouse Children's Museum, and Ogden Nature Center.
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Getaway Places near Me: Arches National Park, UT
Arches National Park near Moab is an ideal weekend destination for outdoor enthusiasts, geologists and photographers, featuring some of the most unique landscape in the land. The park has the richest concentration of natural sandstone arches in the world (over 2000 of them), carved from the native sandstone by thousands of years of erosion. You can enjoy discovering them, together with hundreds of other fascinating rock formations on foot, by bicycle, on horseback or by taking an 18 mile scenic drive.
There is plenty to do in the park and you will need at least a full day to do it justice - spending a few nights camping in the park is even better. There are hiking trails to suit all abilities ranging from gentle family-friendly walks to strenuous 4-5 hour hikes. You can also cycle through the park providing you remain on the paths (to protect the sensitive environment). If you have a good head for heights you can try canyoneering or rock-climbing along several established routes.
Families can attend one of several ranger-led programs which include educational talks and guided hikes and walks presented during spring and summer. Watching the setting sun paint the landscape a thousand shades of red is a highlight of any visit to Arches National Park, and if you are camping overnight you can also experience excellent star-gazing once darkness sets in.
Places to Relax near Me: Zion National Park, UT
If you are looking for a place with sensational scenery for your next weekend getaway, Zion National Park in south-west Utah should be on your wish-list. The park covers 229 square miles of spectacular and diverse landscape composed of elevated plateaus, deep sandstone canyons, soaring 2000ft cliffs and the Virgin River and its tributaries.
You can explore this amazing natural wonderland on foot along 18 hiking trails of which The Narrows is by far the most popular hike and involves wadding up part of the Virgin River between steep towering cliffs. Mountain bikers can cycle the Pa'rus Trail or the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. A good place to start your exploration is at the Zion Canyon Visitors Center where you can attend a ranger-led introduction program at the Zion Human History Museum, and catch the Zion Shuttle, which runs between 9 scenic stops in the park (the shuttle is wheelchair accessible and has racks for bicycles). You can also attend day and evening ranger-led activities including talks and walks.
Other activities include horseback riding, wildlife watching, birding, rock climbing (the 2000ft sandstone cliffs are famous for big wall climbs, only suitable for experienced climbers), bouldering, canyoneering and seasonal rafting and kayaking on the Virgin River. You can sleep under the stars at 3 campsites inside the park or in the adjacent town of Springdale.
Utah Destinations: Monument Valley, UT
Spend a weekend getaway in the peace and serenity of beautiful Monument Valley in the south-eastern corner of Utah, where time and progress has stood still and the landscape looks just like it did thousands of years ago. As you explore the vast empty landscape you will discover wide blue skies, scorched red earth dissected by deep canyons and towering stone buttes, and some of the most memorable rock formations in Utah. You can try one of the 14 hiking trails, of which the Natural Bridges Owachomo Trail is the most popular family-friendly hike. If you are up for a more strenuous hike you can try the Mule Canyon Trail which will take you up to the ruins of a small ancient Anasazi Village, which dates back to the pre 1300's.
There can be no better way to explore this “wild west” area than on horseback, and the local Navajo wranglers can take you on guided horseback tours in the footsteps of countless western movie actors. Other enjoyable activities in Monument Valley include river rafting on the San Juan River with Holiday River Expeditions - the gentle nature of the rapids in this part of the river makes rafting and solo-kayaking ideal for families and younger visitors. For a fabulous birds-eye view of the impressive landscape you can take an aerial tour with Redtail Air Adventures.
Getaway Places Near Me: Canyonlands National Park, UT
Canyonlands National Park is situated right in the heart of south-east Utah's high desert region, providing outdoor enthusiasts with the opportunity indulge in their favorite activities against an amazing backdrop of rugged canyons, towering arches, fins and fast-flowing rivers. The park comprises four separate and distinct districts, namely Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze and the rivers which bisect the area.
Most weekend visitors come to Island in the Sky, the most accessible of the four. You can start by popping into the Visitor's Center to watch an overview video and pick up a map. Hikers can choose from about 15 hiking trails (there are walks suitable for all levels of fitness), all of which lead to overlooks with amazing views. Cyclists can explore the park along the 100mile White Rim Road which loops around and below Island in the Sky, (also accessible to high-clearance four wheel drive vehicles). You can also enjoy great views on the 34 mile paved scenic drive. Ranger-led programs are available for the whole family and children can pick up a Junior Ranger Booklet and rent a Discovery Pack (with binoculars, magnifying glass, etc) at the Visitors Center.
Other activities available in Canyonlands National Park include flat-water rafting and kayaking, white-water rafting, rock climbing, horseback riding, guided tours, back-packing and camping.
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Romantic Getaways Near Me: Capitol Reef National Park, UT
Capitol Reef National Park is the perfect place to spend an adventure-filled weekend exploring a geological marvel. The Waterpocket Fold (a geologic monocline) is literally an enormous wrinkle on the surface of the earth, extending for almost 100 miles across south-central Utah. To get the most out of your visit you should start at the Visitors Center where you can watch the 18 minute orientation movie, pick up a map, a Family Fun Pack and a Junior Ranger booklet, (which will enable the kids to earn a badge).
You can learn about the colorful history of the area by visiting the Gifford House Store and Museum, the Blacksmith Shop and the Fruita Schoolhouse (all within a mile of the Visitors Center) before you set off to explore the park on one of the many hiking trails - there are over 150 miles of hiking and backpacking trails in the park. If you prefer to cycle you will need to stick to the paved roads - recommended routes are marked on the map. (No off-road biking is allowed inside the park).
Other park activities include ranger-led educational programs and walks, wildlife watching, fishing, horseback riding and, surprisingly, fruit picking in the Fruita Orchards in summer. You can pitch your tent at the Fruita Campground which has picnic tables, fire-pits and restrooms or try primitive camping at the Cedar Mesa and Cathedral Valley campsites.
Weekend Getaways Near Me: Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
Bryce Canyon National Park in the high desert of south-west Utah offers visitors the opportunity to explore some of the country's most unique geological sights. The canyon comprises miles and miles of horse-shoe shaped amphitheaters which have been carved out of the colorful Utah limestone by centuries of erosion, leaving the world's largest collection of hoodoos (eroded stone spires). Explore them on foot as you hike a few of the many trails. If you prefer not to walk you can get to all the main viewing points using the Park Shuttle or book a 3.5 hour guided shuttle tour. You can drive around the park in your own vehicle, but the roads and parking areas can get very busy during peak times and the shuttle is a better option.
To see the park at its sensational best at Sunrise Point and Sunset Point, (and to do some excellent stargazing), you can pitch your tent or park your RV at North or Sunset Campgrounds, or check into the Bryce Canyon Lodge. The park offers several ranger-led programs including talks on geology and astronomy and guided walks and hikes, including the popular Full Moon Hike, and in winter you can go on a guided snow-shoe hike. Try to visit during the annual Geology Festival (July) or the Astronomy Festival in June.
Driving Distances from Salt Lake City
|From Salt Lake City To||Driving Time|
|East Park City, UT||35 minutes|
|Sundance, UT||1 hour|
|Park City, UT||40 minutes|
|Moab, UT||3 hours 50 minutes|
|St George, UT||4 hours 30 minutes|
|Provo, UT||45 minutes|
|Sandy, UT||25 minutes|
|Torrey, UT||3 hours 20 minutes|
|Teasdale , UT||3 hours 40 minutes|
|Ivins, UT||4 hours 40 minutes|
|Big Water, UT||6 hours|
|Ogden, UT||36 minutes|
|Kamas, UT||44 minutes|
|Cedar City, UT||3 hours 45 minutes|
|Mt. Carmel, UT||4 hours 40 minutes|
|Fish Haven, ID||2 hours 30 minutes|
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