When asked about my favorite states, people seem to be a bit shocked when Utah tops my list. Those who have had the privilege of visiting, totally get why, but if you haven’t- here’s what you should know.
Utah is really diverse when it comes to it’s scenery. Northern Utah has gorgeous mountains, the Salt Lake, and the Salt Flats. Southern Utah has deserts, arches, red rocks, and plateaus.
Utah is absolutely full of ranches, farms, and little towns. Really, the entire state has a rural aesthetic, even in Salt Lake City. The city sits between the Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake itself, and it’s massive with almost 200,000 people. There’s a noticeably laid back vibe here, but the people sure aren’t lazy. There’s five National Parks surrounding the city, and the people definitely put them to good use, and keep them very tidy.
Below, I have a rough map I built of Utah, showing some of my favorite stops along the way. The numbers coordinate with the pictures, to help you better understand where my photos came from.
1. The Great Salt Lake & Bonnieville Salt Flats
One of the coolest parts about driving through here, is seeing all the rocks people have arranged along the roadside. You find lots of ‘I Love You’, ‘Will You Marry Me’, and even political stances such as ‘#NoDAPL’. Though you feel like you’re hundreds of miles from civilization (and in some places- you are!), these rock notes make you feel like you’re near all these people and their intricate life stories.