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Best Local Places to Spend Memorial Day Weekend

May 25, 2023 | Things to do in Utah

Memorial Day is right around the corner, and we have the privilege of honoring and reflecting upon the courageous men and women who have served our nation. It’s a time to express our gratitude for their sacrifices. And with the long weekend ahead, many of us are eager to make the most of this unofficial start to summer. Luckily, our great state offers many beautiful destinations perfect for a memorable Memorial Day weekend getaway.

Zion National Park, a Utah gem, stands as a testament to the awe-inspiring beauty of nature. Its red rock cliffs, lush forests, and breathtaking waterfalls never fail to leave us impressed. The park holds natural splendor and deep historical significance, as it was established in 1919, making it one of the earliest national parks in the United States. Its creation was part of a larger movement to preserve America’s natural wonders for future generations. Today, you can explore numerous hiking trails, join ranger-led tours, or simply bask in the park’s tranquil ambiance. Hike the Narrows, take the scenic drive along the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway, or hike the short distance to Weeping Rock. These are only a couple of the exciting activities that you can experience in Zion National Park.

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Moab is another excellent choice for those seeking an adventure-packed Memorial Day weekend. Nestled in Southeastern Utah, Moab boasts some of the state’s most spectacular natural attractions. Furthermore, Moab has a rich cultural heritage from its founding in the late 1800s and its proud mining and ranching legacy. Today, you can immerse yourself in the town’s vibrant atmosphere, explore its charming shops and galleries, indulge in delectable cuisine at its fantastic restaurants, and embark on unforgettable wilderness activities. Do some hiking in Arches or Canyonlands, take a scenic drive along the Colorado River, or ride the world-famous slick rock trail while there. 

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If you are here in the valley, you don’t have to go far. Salt Lake City beckons us with its iconic landmarks and cultural offerings. A visit to Temple Square, home to Salt Lake Temple and other historic buildings, is on the tour lists of anyone that comes to the city. Salt Lake also boasts exceptional museums, such as the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, providing enriching experiences for all. For outdoor enthusiasts, a hike up Ensign Peak grants stunning panoramic views of the city and its surrounding mountains.

Of course, you know Park City is a cherished destination year-round, and Memorial Day weekend is no exception. Renowned for its exceptional skiing and snowboarding during the winter months, Park City transforms into an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise as summer unfolds. Hiking trails, mountain biking, or a scenic gondola ride to the mountaintop all offer exciting experiences. Not to mention, Park City’s exceptional dining and shopping scene will cater to everyone else, ensuring a well-rounded weekend getaway.

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And how could we forget Bear Lake? It is an idyllic choice for those longing for a more relaxed and laid-back Memorial Day experience. With its crystal-clear blue waters and the occasional whisper of the Bear Lake Monster, Bear Lake and the surrounding area invite you to unwind and enjoy nature’s tranquility. Spend the weekend lounging on the beach, taking refreshing dips in the cool waters, or even venturing out on a leisurely boat ride. Bear Lake also boasts some fantastic camping spots.

Clearly, Utah caters to all interests and preferences, making it the perfect destination for your Memorial Day weekend, or any weekend, for that matter. Whether avid hikers, passionate bikers, history enthusiasts, or simply seeking relaxation, Utah has something extraordinary to offer.

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