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UTAH


opportunity to see the landscape below with an endless expanse of sky around you. From $295 per person and is weather dependent.


For those who can’t get enough of water sports, Pineview Reservoir in Ogden is a hit, as is Bear Lake, which lies to the north of the city. Known as the Caribbean of the Rockies, this turquoise blue lake is popular for paddle-boarding, boating, fishing and kayaking. A little extra tip – Bear Lake has, unexpectedly, the creamiest raspberry milkshakes money can buy.


CITY LIVING


Active adventures draw guests to Utah in the summer – mountain biking or hiking on trails in the canyons and hills across the state is a hot favourite. But you don’t have to stray far from Salt Lake City to enjoy such routes and trails.


I checked out the hiking action behind the beautiful Red Butte Botanical Gardens. To have such easily navigable trails a few minutes from the town centre is quite


ABOVE: Wakeboarding on Bear Lake


ABOVE: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


WINTER WONDERLAND


There’s far more to Utah than the rocky terrain. In the frostier months skiers flock to the snow-capped mountains, which create the perfect winter wonderland. It was the hosting of the 2002 Winter Olympics that put the destination firmly on the map for any winter sports aficionado. The Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountain Ranges, which surround the state capital of Salt Lake City, are world famous for skiing and for stunning five-star accommodation. The Montage Deer Valley resort, Main & Sky in Park City and Earl’s Lodge in Snowbasin are just a few of the top resorts.


Unexpectedly Bear Lake has the creamiest raspberry milkshakes money can buy


English wool carpets and handmade tapestries. There are even Italian toiletries in the suite’s Carrara marble bathrooms. The key attraction in this cool and


trendy city is Temple Square. The state capital was founded by Mormon followers in the mid-19th century and still has strong links to the faith today, so a visit to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a must. The temple has become a major tourist attraction with Mormon guides offering regular tours. The site, which sits at the heart of the


astonishing. There is also horse riding, golfing, fishing, butterfly viewing and bird watching. The Snowbird Aerial Tram offers spectacular views of the surrounding valley and is something that shouldn’t be missed. It was in intriguing Salt Lake City that


my Utah adventure first began. The Grand America, my home during my stay, is the utmost in opulence. The outstanding, richly detailed decor was created from materials shipped in from around Europe and includes Murano glass chandeliers,


city, sprawls across 14 hectares and is also home to the Tabernacle, where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs. The combination of mountains in the north, rugged desert terrain in the south and city attractions means Utah appeals to active travellers and culture vultures. With access and amenities improving at a rate of knots, get ready, as this destination that will be flying off the


shelves in months to come VISITUTAH.COM


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