Utah State travel guide

WEATHER & CLIMATE

Temperature: The seasons are very clear-cut throughout Utah. It’s generally cooler in the north and the mountains, and hotter in the south and the desert. In summer (June-August/September), northern temperatures are 25°C to 37°C; down in the desert and southern valleys, they can reach a boiling 40-45°C. Snow begins dusting the mountains in September, and lingers until May.

Best time to visit Utah: In the late summer and early autumn.

UTAH BEST FORS…

ADVENTURERS
Utah’s spacious landscapes are perfect for journeys of discovery.

FAMILIES
Goblin Valley’s scenery alone will capture kids’ imaginations, not to mention the dinosaurs.

SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS
No wonder it was a former Olympic base – Park City boasts world-class peaks and slopes.

FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in the USA is English.

Currency: The currency used in the USA is the American Dollar ($).

Local time: There are nine different time zones in the USA. New York is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time and California is 8 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: The main airport near Orlando is Orlando International Airport (MCO) which is 19km south-east of Orlando. The main airport near Las Vegas is McCarran International Airport (LAS) which is 8km south of downtown Las Vegas

Flight time from UK: Usually between 6-11 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Utah tourist information can be found here.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to the USA.

GETTING AROUND

By car: Thanks to the original Mormon settlers, the roads in nearly all Utah cities have a neat grid layout and a numbered system – it’s worth brushing up on the navigation before taking to the city roads.

By bus/train: The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) runs the state’s bus and rail networks. The TRAX light rail runs from Salt Lake Airport and through Salt Lake City. Fares are cheap too.

By hire car: This is the best way to explore the rugged terrain of the USA. See the snowy white Denali Mountains or the jade green forests surrounding the Rocky Mountains, all from the comfort of your own rental car.

EVENTS

Festivals: Jazz or bluegrass fans will enjoy the Moab Music Festival (September). Film buffs should head to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival (January). Downtown Salt Lake hosts the week-long X-Dance Film Festival, showcasing action sports culture.

All-American culture: The Days of '47 Parade and Rodeo (Downtown Salt Lake, July) tops a day of celebrating the pioneers with a lively rodeo. In Liberty Park (also July) is the Native American Celebration in the Park.

Full of hot air: Volunteer to crew a hot air balloon at the Sandy Balloon Festival (Storm Mountain Park, mid-August), or you simply enjoy the entertainment and atmosphere.