Get a map of the United States of America. From the West Coast, trace your finger eastward. From the bright lights and beaches of California, continue to the stretching deserts and the Sin City of Nevada, before you finally reach Utah - a boxed boundary marked by mountains.
The 13th-largest state in the USA, it’s easy to overlook Utah as another suburb-laden location. But, little do many know of the wonders within this state. From the greatest snow on earth to its ‘Mighty 5’ National Parks, there’s so much waiting to be explored! Start planning your visit with these 7 beautiful HomeAway and Vrbo vacation rentals, each suited to making the most of a unique sight and sound of the Beehive State:
Mention Utah to the average American and the first thing they’ll think of just might be Salt Lake City. The capital of Utah, Salt Lake City is best known for its mountain views, rich Mormon heritage and close proximity to its namesake, the Great Salt Lake.
If you’re yearning to see these marvels, your best bet would be staying in the city itself. Why not stay among some of Utah’s best architecture with this cottage, located within the historic Marmalade District? A mahogany arbor frames your path into this cottage, a fairytale home of pastel idyll. True to the area’s botanic names, this cottage has a flourishing garden. Relax on the chairs of its stone-lined patio, perfect for people-watching! Within the living room, a mellow space of mocha awaits. An acoustic guitar and chartreuse painting hang off the walls, serving as reminders of the city’s arts scene. Home to popular bands Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees, be sure to catch Salt Lake City’s arts and music scene in action during your stay! Warm up from the chilly Utah climate in the waters of this bathtub! Set within a spacious loft, this master bedroom houses a king-sized bed with a memory-foam mattress. But don’t doze off just yet! The sunset awaits beyond the balcony doors. See that bright line and mountainous shape on the horizon? That’s the Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island!
Historic Home/Apartment near downtown, Temple Square, & Convention Center
Address: 319 Almond Street, Capitol Hill, Salt Lake City (see map)
Price: from 150 USD
Number of Guests: 6
Places of Interest: Temple Square (5-min drive), Great Salt Lake State Park (23-min drive)
Dubbed Salt Lake City’s ‘devious little sister’, Historic 25th Street in Ogden has long deviated from the norm. What was once a notorious neighbourhood (“too wild” even for Al Capone!) is now a hipster’s haven, home to numerous art galleries, restaurants, and boutique retailers. Live in the district’s rebellious nature in this loft, once part of a hotel from 1910! As you step inside the loft, urban rusticity greets you. Exposed brick walls enclose ebony furnishings, arranged in a manner that is compact without clutter. True to its contemporary nature, the loft bears an unconventional layout. Follow your favourite cooking shows while preparing a culinary masterpiece! Whether you’re seeking some R&R or a quick shower to freshen up, this sleek bathroom provides options for both. Bask in the bubbles of the porcelain tub, or sing in the glass-panelled shower. Doze off on this king-sized bed and wake up to a quirky atmosphere.
Contemporary Style on Historic 25th Street
Area: Historic 25th Street, Ogden
Price: from 121 USD
Number of Guests: 6
Places of Interest: Utah State Railroad Museum (2-min walk), Snowbasin Ski Resort (33-min drive)
If Ogden’s for the hipster, Springdale’s for the hippie. Located at the gates of Zion National Park, this small town hosts the annual Zion Canyon Music Festival, bringing out the best of the region’s nature, arts, and culture.
Don’t have an RV, hate tie-dyed shirts, or just not into the hippie life? Don’t worry, the region’s beauty is right at your doorstep with this bungalow, just before the border of Springdale. Isn’t this view breathtaking? Gaze upon the mountains from this home by day, and prepare for a sky full of stars by night. Through the doors, find a glamorous woodland cabin of white and woody shades. Tall glass windows provide great views and a touch of luxury, while the avant-garde fireplace warms up even the coldest nights. In this bedroom, more tall windows rise above a king-sized bed. Imagine curling up with your loved one under the stars, and awakening to the majestic mountains of Zion … Tired after a long day of adventure? Rest your weary knees on the in-built bench of this shower.
Beautiful, Tranquil Springdale Home, With Views Of Zion's Masterpiece Landmarks
Area: Springdale, Washington County
Price: from 110 USD
Number of Guests: 8
Places of Interest: Zion National Park (12-min drive)
Rich earthy hues colour this cabin’s exterior, a secluded accommodation surrounded by shrubs. Cozy yet uncluttered, this space makes for an intimate accommodation for two, perfect for honeymoon getaways.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Suzanne and Fritz’s home in Moab. It felt very private, and was fully equipped for our stay. The view of the mountains is beautiful. The space is perfect for a couple. And the hosts are most accommodating. Robert W. (tourist from Aiea, Hawaii, USA)
Great view and quiet, private comfort.
Address: 2003 Starbuck Lane, Moab, Grand County (see map)
Price: from 125 USD
Number of Guests: 3
Places of Interest: Arches National Park (15-min drive), Canyonlands National Park (40-min drive), Dead Horse Point State Park (41-min drive)
A small ranching community, Grover is the overlooked neighbour of Torrey, the town by the gates of Capitol Reef National Park. However, its seclusion and situation between two natural wonders (Boulder Mountain and Capitol Reef National Park) puts staying here at an advantage – it’s more private, and you’re still within reach of the area’s spectacles.
While you’re in Grover, why not immerse yourself in the full-ranching atmosphere with this beautiful barn residence? Surrounded by stretches of grassy field, this gigantic barn appears no different from the usual … … But exploring the interior alone is an adventure in itself! With an expanse of colourful couches, this space is suitable for both the young and old. Let the kids play hide-and-seek among the couches while parents and grandparents settle down for a chat. A perfect rural atmosphere rules the dining area. Imagine a delicious dinner on this long table, all prepared in the well-equipped kitchen! Upstairs, two queen-sized beds sit in the privacy of the loft. Sleep in familial comfort, but not before stepping out to the balcony for a view of the mountains beyond. After putting the kids to bed, you might want to indulge in some more mature fun. Look no further – on the first floor sits a pool table, all ready to be played. In your exploration of Capitol Reef National Park, don’t forget to visit the neighbouring Pando Forest. A marvel to behold, this vast woodland is one of the heaviest and oldest living organisms known to man. Don’t miss out on this natural spectacle, just under an hour’s drive from this residence!
A Family Vacation to Remember
Area: Grover, just off Utah State Route 12
Price: from 325 USD
Number of Guests: 12
Places of Interest: Capitol Reef National Park (13-min drive), Pando Forest (52-min drive), Boulder Mountain (90-min drive)
Even with its beautiful national parks, no one should miss out on Utah in the winter. After all, it’s home to the greatest snow on earth and some of the world’s best ski resorts! In the magic of the festive season, seek a snowy holiday in this lovely lodge, tucked away on the slopes of Sardine Peak. In the snow, this woodland cabin looks just like Santa’s grotto! Antique sports equipment and a fireplace lie within the living room – fitting of this holiday home, where you’ll be wrapping Christmas presents and preparing for ski trips! One thing not to be missed on an escape from the city is the stellar night sky. Gather the children for an exploration of the cosmos as they peer through this telescope at the star-studded sky! Pop down to the nearby city of Ogden for ingredients, and prepare a scrumptious festive dinner in this well-equipped kitchen. Night, night! Rest in Christmassy comfort within this bedroom, where a queen-sized bed and yuletide colours await. With the warmth of love and family lulling you to sleep, who knows – you might not even hear Santa come down the chimney!
Snow Basin, New Moon Lodge, a Rustic Jewel in the Mountains
Area: Sardine Peak, Weber County
Price: from 156 USD
Number of Guests: 6
Places of Interest: Snowbasin Ski Resort (20-min drive), Powder Mountain Ski Resort (22-min drive), Ogden (15-min drive)
Utah prides itself on winter recreational sports, so much so that Salt Lake City was even chosen as the host of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games! If you’re seeking a sporty, snowy holiday that isn’t too far from the city, look no further – this loft in Park City should do the trick. Located on the top floor of a classic apartment complex, this loft exudes cosiness in its slanting ceilings and warm hues. Kick back for some entertainment with this flat-screen television. Or, bring the plush couch nearer to the fireplace and cosy up with a book. With an open kitchen right behind the living room, this is yet another residence where you can cook and converse with the family! Warmth and comfort await in this bedroom, where a double bed sits with a plush toy and city views. An intimate and unique lounging space, the ‘turret room’ allows for two to engage in conversation, or admire the panoramic views outside the windows. Should you need to borrow a bike, worry not – there are two mounted on these walls, available for your use!
Top Floor-walk to ski resort or Old-Town. Booking Summer & Fall now. Winter too!
Address: 14th Street, Park City (see map)
Price: from 135 USD
Number of Guests: 6
Places of Interest: Kimball Art Center (3-min drive / 15-min walk), Park City Mountain Resort (3-min drive), Utah Olympic Park (13-min drive)
There’s something great for every season in Utah. From the quaking aspens of Pando to the buoyant waters of Great Salt Lake, there’s so much to discover. Even the merriment of Zion Canyon Music Festival is something special! Don’t miss a wink of this surprising, sensational state, and book one of these HomeAway and Vrbo vacation rentals today!
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