Utah is a small state, geographically speaking, yet there is an endless buffet of choices for all types of vacationers. In Utah, you have a little of everything; the great outdoors, life in the city, rich religious history, a culinary adventure, and even the home of the Sundance Film Festival.
As far as the Great Outdoors, you have some of the best skiing choices, there are several national parks including Zions National Park, Arches National Park, Antelope Island, and many more. As for life in the City, you have Salt Lake City, although it’s not a huge city such as New York or Los Angeles, it does have a decent downtown scene with lots of shopping, restaurants (including some famous eateries), big parks, and Temple Square where you can visit some historical sights and buildings of the Mormon Church including the first Mormon Temple and the Mormon Tabernacle.
Downtown Salt Lake City:
As for shopping, you have City Creek Mall, which is a huge indoor and outdoor mall and there is the Gateway Mall, which is smaller, but boasts a couple of nice museums.
As you can see, there are many things to do in Utah, and for those who live in Western half the United States, Utah is not more than an 8 to 12 hour drive from most big cities. A recommended itinerary would be to spend a couple of days in Salt Lake City to visit the historical sights, eat out, visit some museums, and shop. Then head up to the mountains or to southern Utah to visit some of the famous National Parks. If you are into the film scene, go to the annual Sundance Film Festival in late January.