Utah Bucket List ~ Northern Region

Today we move into the last region I’ve concocted for the Utah Bucket List series, the Northern region. This is of course widely visited as it is home to Salt Lake City.  Following this post we will take a short break for the holidays, and then jump back in with new posts next week about our travels and move into the Nevada Bucket List series.

American Fork

  • Timpanogos Cave National Monument: Come explore the world of canyon caves!


  • Golden Spike National Historic Site: The location of the symbolic last railroad spike in the first transcontinental railroad.


  • Living Planet Aquarium: Those who know me well, know I never turn down a fun aquarium!


  • Dinosaur National Monument: This site straddles the Colorado and Utah border and offers trails among fossil beds.


  • Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area: This area is well visited for it’s water activities and also looks like a beautiful canyon area.

Park City

  • Olympic Park: Home of the 2002 Winter Games, this is a must see for a giant Olympic lover like me!


  • Devil’s Kitchen Geologic Site: Short hike to the beautiful red rock “devil’s kitchen”.
  • Grotto Falls: Another short hike that leads to a waterfall.


  • Provo Canyon: Take a drive through the breathtaking canyon and view Bridal Falls along the way!

Rozel Point

  • Spiral Jetty: This is an earthwork sculpture.

Salt Lake City

  • Great Salt Lake: I mean you can’t visit Salt Lake City and not visit the Salt Lake!
  • Natural History Museum of Utah: This museum gives an overview of the natural history of Utah.
  • Temple Square: 10 acre complex owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • This is the Place Heritage Park: A park that takes you back in time to experience the history of Salt Lake City.
  • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art: Contemporary Art museums are my favorite art museums, especially the abstract art.
  • Utah State Capitol: Of course visiting every state capitol is a bucket list of its own, so this is a must.


  • Antelope Island State Park: This is one of the largest islands in the Great Salt Lake and home to many antelope as its name suggests.


  • Bonneville Salt Flats: The largest of salt flats located west of the great Salt Lake.
  • Wendover Air Base: Played a role in the Manhattan Project.

All attractions found in the 2019 Utah Travel Guide.


Utah Bucket List~ Southwest Region

Ok, today we are moving into the Southwest region of Utah…which inadvertently has some Southeast locations mixed in, because like I mentioned in my previous Utah post, their guidebook is not overly helpful! But here it goes!

Brian Head

  • Cedar Breaks National Monument: A natural amphitheater with stunning views.


  • Bryce Canyon National Park: Beautiful park known for its stunning red rock formations.


  • Glen Canyon/Lake Powell Recreation Area: This is one thing that got mixed around in regions, but this area has a little something for everyone!


  • Kodachrome Basin State Park: Known for its stunning stone spires.


  • Escalante Petrified Forest State Park: A chance to check out a petrified forest!

Fountain Green

  • Maple Canyon: Canyon great for climbing due to its cobblestone cliffs.


  • Snow Canyon State Park: Canyon with distinctive red and white rock.


  • Buckskin Gulch: The longest and deepest slot canyon in the southwest.
  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park: Beautiful red sand dunes.
  • Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument: Fun place to hike that includes Calf Creek Falls.

Lake Powell

  • Rainbow Bridge: Another that should have made it into the southeast region, but it is the highest natural bridge.


  • Zion National Park: Utah’s famed park that includes red rocks, canyons, forested areas, and waterfalls.


  • Capitol Reef State Park: Known for its canyons and rock formations.

All attractions found in the 2019 Utah Travel Guide.


Utah Bucket List ~ Southeast Region

Ok, I’m back at the bucket lists after a crazy start to the school year as I’ve been building my own curriculum for confirmation class! Utah’s Visitor Guide is less than stellar when it comes to giving clear distinct regions to travel to, or the towns attractions are located in. So, I had to pave my own way in creating regions and had to do a lot of research of my own to find where certain attractions were. I did my best, so hopefully I generally have things in the right place! Since we last were in Colorado, we are beginning our Utah journey in the Southeast corner of the state.


  • Bears Ears National Monument: The national monument is actual run by the US Forest Service. It is best known for its two large mesas that resemble bear’s ears.
  • Edge of the Cedars State Park: This state park is also a museum that protects the archaeological find of Ancestral Puebloan sites.
  • Hovenweep National Monument: This area preserves 6 prehistoric villages.

Green River

  • Goblin Valley State Park: This state park features several mushroon shaped “hoodoos” or “goblins” as they are called by the locals.
  • San Rafael Swell: There are three main areas I’d love to see in the swell. These include Little Wild Horse Canyon, The Wedge Overlook, and Buckhorn Wash Road with its ancient pictographs.

Lake Powell

  • Natural Bridges National Monument: These area preserves 3 natural bridges.

Mexican Hat

  • Goosenecks State Park: State park that overlooks the San Juan River.


  • Arches National Park: This national park is home to more than 2000 sandstone arches.
  • Canyonlands National Park: Park known for its dramatic desert landscape that was carved by the Colorado River.
  • Dead Horse State Park: This state park has beautiful overlooks of both the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park.

All attractions were found in the 2019 Utah Travel Guide.