“Why on Earth are you going to Utah?”
I got asked that question, in one form or another, so many times before I visited there a couple of years back. My response was always, “Why not?”
Let me get something straight:
I. Love. Utah!
In fact, Utah was on my Bucket List twice. Firstly, because Sue, Rich and I (successfully)set ourselves the target of visiting every state in the Union by New Years Eve of 2013. By that reckoning, Utah was state #46.
The second reason for Utah being on my Bucket List is simply because it’s Utah. And I’ve always wanted to go there!
Admittedly, if your idea of a fun vacation revolves around beaches and nightlife, then Utah probably isn’t your dream destination. But for anyone who loves the Great Outdoors, Utah’s the place to be! I mean, how could anyone who’s ever seen a John Wayne movie not want to go there?
Being the Beehive State, Utah’s State colours are black and yellow. Personally, I think it should be orange. After all, its endless desert landscapes contain every shade from amber to vermillion. Especially at sunrise and sunset.
And the graceful intricacy of the some of the erosional features has to be seen to be believed. Particularly at Arches and Bryce Canyon National Parks.
Utah used to be on my Bucket List as a place I wanted to go to. But since I’ve been there, that’s all changed. These days Utah is still on my Bucket List, but as a place I want to go back to! Because there’s still so much I want to see there.
Hopefully this post will convince you that Utah deserves a place on your Bucket List, too.
This post was inspired by the photo themes Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time? (from Michelle of the Daily Post), Graceful (from Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack?) and Intricate (from Sue of A Word In Your Ear). It’s based on an article I originally posted as a featured blogger on Bucket List Publications in 2013.
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Wow, love that photo of Monument Valley at sunrise!
Thanks, Anna. It was surprisingly cold, but well worth it. (Sue is wearing a fantastic scowl in one photo not posted here, although she says she was just joking!)
I agree on Utah – it’s a fabulous place to visit if you love the outdoors. It’s also one of the few states Choppy has yet to visit, so perhaps it’s time to plan a long overdue trip back for us!
There’s no time like the present, Sarah!
Wow! What a landscape – definitely worth visiting. 🙂 Brilliant pictures – especially the three shots of monument valley. I have a particular fondness for starry skies.
Me too, Louise!
All terrific photos!…but I LOVE the angle of your “Redwoods and hoodoos”! Perfection :o)
You’re too kind, Lenore!
Utah has got to be one of the most barren and gorgeous states in the US. Great photos.
I agree, Cee. Beautifully barren!
Now I want to visit Utah, too! Thanks so much for sharing these fantastic photos
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I lover Utah! I would come back there… Unforgettable. Wonderful post. I agree with every words you writed . Ciao ciao
Thanks, Max! When were you there?
In the summer 2013
What a wonderful panorama.. I wish I would be there someday… 🙂
Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.. !!
You too, Bams!
Thanks for sharing. What an impressive place!
It really is, Mick. And there’s so much more that I haven’t got to see yet.
What extraordinary landscape photos you have captured. Consider it added to my list that’s for sure.
You won’t be disappointed, Sue!
I’m a huge fan of Utah as well 🙂
What’s not to love, Tahira? 😀