Road trips are a way of travel that excite us the most. Nothing beats getting into a car, putting on great music, and driving through the unknown. This time we decided to spend majority of this trip in Utah. We would love to share our itinerary and how we spent our time exploring this gorgeous state.
Bonneville Salt Flats
Majority of Utah's landscape is unlike anything else you will find. It's rugged, it's different, and makes you triple check if you are still actually in the USA, because quite frankly, it feels like a different planet. Bonneville Salt flats is one of those locations, and you can see exactly why. You can either drive to the parking lot and walk a bit out on the flats or you can be a semi daredevil and take your car out into the flats. Yes, it's legal, we checked. Just don't go off too much in case you catch some mud and get stuck.
About an hour north from Salt Lake, you will find this amazing reservoir that is perfect for kayaks, paddle boards, or canoes. We wish we had more time here to potentially rent a kayak and explore more of this place. If water sports are not for you, make sure to take the Skull rock trail which is about a 5 mile roundtrip hike. The views are beyond amazing!
An early 4 hour drive from Salt Lake (where we spent the night), took us to this amazing National Park. To me, it literally resembles Grand Canyon so much! Obviously nothing competes with "The Grand Canyon", but this is a close second. We spent most of the time driving around and checking out the viewpoints, which are so picturesque and easily accessible. Note that this park has 2 entrances, which are about 2 hours from one another, so plan accordingly, especially if you do not have entire day to spend here.
Dead Horse State Park
Once you are leaving Canyonlands, make sure to stop by at Dead Horse State Park. It is a smaller park, but the views are incredible. You can easily spend an hour here or an entire day!
Goblin Valley State Park
If you still have a bit of time, make sure to visit this park! These rocks have the most unique shapes and seem like the perfect spot for camping. If you like glamping, they have few yurts that are available, but plan ahead because they book quick.
Not too far away from Hanksville, you can really feel like you are on Mars. It is not the easiest place to find, but when you do it's so worth it!
Capitol Reef National Park
Another Utah's National park that is worth visiting. The nice thing about it, it's right off the main road, so you don't have to drive off too much. Make sure you drive through the scenic route, and do the canyon hike at the end! Another great hike to enjoy is Hickman Natural Bridge. It is about 2 mile roundtrip, but it is a bit of a climb especially in the heat, but totally doable.
Part 2 is coming next week! Make sure to come back and check out the rest of our adventures. Utah is by far one of our favorite states, and we strongly recommend exploring it, especially if you love the outdoors.
P.S. Make sure to buy the national park pass; saves so much money!