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Why should you visit Utah?

Utah is the perfect destination for outdoor and adventure travelers! Home to 5 national parks and 11 national monuments, historic sites, and areas, you’ll definitely see something amazing. The “big 5” consist of Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef National Parks, which each boast incredible natural and historic wonders.

Utah is full of science sites as it has so many great geologic rock formations like hoodoos, unique plateaus, sweeping wavy rock, arches, bridges, and more!

Things to See and Do in Utah

Zion National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Arches National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
Ski in Park City
Ice castle attraction in Midway
Goblin Valley State Park
National park travel photos, Utah, bryce

Bryce Canyon National Park

Canyon in Zion National Park in Utah with a small river surrounded by large mountains and green trees in the summer on a sunny day

Zion National Park

Typical Costs When Visiting Utah

Accommodation – For budget travelers, you can find accommodation (Airbnb’s and low-budget hotels) in the big cities for $50-70 a night for a private room or ~ $40 for a shared room. The cheapest option is to go camping. This is the best budget-friendly option at the National Parks and State Parks, plus you’ll be in some of the most beautiful country! You’ll also be able to reduce transportation time to get to the parks, so you can start your hikes and sightseeing before it gets crowded.

Food – In big cities, you can expect to pay $12 on average when dining out. If you cook at home and pack your daily lunches, it is much more budget-friendly. Meals in the national parks and closest towns can get pricey, just because of the location.

Transportation – A rental car in Utah is a must. They will run you about $25 a day on average, but you can find them cheaper. Note, if you are not 25 years old, you’ll have to pay an “underage” fee as that is the minimum age to rent a car in the US.


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Utah graphic showing some of the highlights of the state of Utah like Arches National Park, hiking boots, camping backpack, skiier, and a road trip car

Suggested daily budget – 60 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in low-budget accommodation or camping, renting a car, eating out a little, and cooking/packing most of your meals. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher! If you are splitting any costs with traveling companions, this number will be lower!)

Money Saving Tips

Get an America the Beautiful Pass for entry into all national parks for 1 year for $80
Camping is the cheapest accommodation.
Pack lunches to save on food costs.
Go in off season (fall thru spring) for cheaper costs

My Must Have Guides For Traveling to Utah


Recent PhD graduate and hyper-planner of Periodic Adventures, my goal is to share travel inspiration, budget tips, detailed guides, and fun travel stories!

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