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Flights to Utah

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Utah is a state in the western USA and borders with the neighbouring states of Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. The state is best known for its year round outdoor recreation opportunities and for its great national parks and scenery.

Salt Lake City International Airport (airport code: SLC) is where major flights to Utah are welcomed. Flights to Utah from South Africa are indirect with at least one connection. Airlines such as Air France, South African Airways and Delta Air Lines offer flights to Utah with one connection. Continental Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, US Airways, South African Airways, and United Airlines also provide flights to Utah from South Africa with two stops.

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The Tourist Attractions in Utah:

Salt Lake City

Both the capital and the largest city in Utah is Salt Lake City. Situated in a valley and surrounded by mountains, those mountains provide one of the most popular tourist attractions for the city, which is skiing.

Salt Lake City was established in 1847 by a group of Mormons (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). The city remains the headquarters for the church, and Utah as a whole has a very large number of Mormons living and practicing here, making this religion a part of many people’s culture in the state.

To this end, a number of the things to see in Salt Lake City are Mormon related – Temple Square is said to be the most visited attraction in Utah, and to find out more about the religion you can visit the Church History Museum. Non-religious attractions include Sugar House Park, Great Salt Lake, the Grand America Hotel and the Rice Eccles Olympic Stadium.

National Parks in Utah

Utah has an impressive five national parks, as well as a number of other national sites…

Zion National Park is the oldest in Utah. Zion Canyon is the most prominent feature of the park, running 15 miles (24km) long and up to ½ a mile (0.8km) deep. Visitors can tour the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive in cars or take the tour buses at certain times of the year.

Bryce Canyon National Park is not actually a canyon, but a huge area which is referred to as an amphitheatre, containing rock formations called hoodoos. There’s a scenic drive as well as eight marked hiking trails which give visitors the best views.

Canyonlands National Park protects landscapes which are similar in appearance to the Grand Canyon, though not on such a large scale. There are many interesting rock formations here such as Mesa Arch and Druid Arch, but Canyonlands isn’t quite as popular as the nearby Arches National Park which has many more rock formations, most of which are easily accessible to visitors.

There are over 2000 natural stone arches in Arches National Park, one of the most famous of which is Delicate Arch.

Capitol Reef National Park is the newest national park in Utah. Again this protects interesting geology, including gorges and domes and the Waterpocket Fold – a ‘wrinkle’ in the earth’s crust which is 65 million years old!

When Should You Visit?:

With the differences in elevation experienced across Utah the climate can be quite variable. Generally the state is known for having a dry and desert-like climate but has four seasons. Taking Salt Lake City as an example – July is the hottest month with an average high of 33C (91F) and low of 17C (63F). Winter is quite cool in comparison, with an average high in January of 3C (37F) and low of -6C (21F).

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