Cheap flights to Utah

The state of Utah is a southwest region of the United States, and is the country’s 13th-largest, 33rd-most populous, and the 10th-least-densely populated state. Utah is famous for its mesmerising natural and scenic beauty, year-round outdoor activities, and being a centre of transportation, education, information technology and research, government services, and mining. Its climate ranges from dry, semi-arid to desert climate. Its temperatures are extreme, with cold temperatures in winter due to its elevation, and extremely hot summers throughout the entire state (except the mountain areas and high mountain valleys). Utah’s name, which means “people of the mountains”, is derived from the name of the Ute tribe. It is divided into six regions: Wasatch Front, Canyon Country, Northeastern Utah, Dixie, Central Utah, and Western Utah. Its capital and largest city is Salt Lake City.

What to see & do

The best time to visit Utah is during summer and fall (September and early October), where the temperatures are most comfortable, especially if you’re visiting the state for the first time, or not used to extreme cold or hot climate. During these seasons, you can enjoy the mountain scenery, plan outdoor adventures, and easy access to several trails and hiking paths. Although don’t forget to pay attention to the skies during dusk to evening if you’re camping in the mountains or enjoying the rugged terrain of southern Utah, especially in August, as storms can cause flash floods. But overall, fall colours are fantastic in the mountains, especially in September.

Have the perfect snowkiting adventure on Skyline Drive, with winds over 100 miles along the very top of the Wasatch Plateau, which gives you access to forested mountains, alpine meadows, and numerous lakes, streams, and camping areas. Best of all, you’ll have panoramic views of the mountain basins and surrounding valleys. Since Utah is home to some of the world’s best skiing and snowboarding areas, you should head straight to Big Cottonwood Canyon and Little Cottonwood Canyon, both located a one-hour drive from Salt Lake City. Rock-climbing is also one of the prime outdoor activities to try out here, especially at Maple Canyon and Zion National Park. Of course, all these activities will make you famished. So don’t forget to stuff your belly with some of Utah’s popular dishes like funeral potatoes (sliced potatoes covered in cheese).

How to get around within Utah

Before getting around, you should know that nearly every city in the state is laid out on a grid system, which is a vision of the original Mormon settlers. Enjoy Utah’s wide roads numbered systematically in intervals of 100 (for example, heading north from the centre, the first road will be 100 North, then 200 North, and so on). Once you get familiarised, it’ll be easy to go on a road trip. Just remember that Ogden is located on a non-Mormon railroad town and therefore uses a different numbering system.

Meanwhile, if you prefer to take public transportation, Utah has a bus system maintained by Utah Transit Authority (UTA), which has numerous routes, generally between Ogden and Provo. UTA also maintains the TRAX system, which is light rail running from the University of Utah to downtown Salt Lake to Sandy. You can transfer between bus and train upon request. Frontrunner, a commuter train, plies between Pleasant View, north of Ogden, and Salt Lake City. It is also managed by UTA.

How to get there

Getting in by plane to Utah is possible with several airports, most notable of which is the one located in the state capital. Utah is served by Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), the westernmost hub for Delta Air Lines, which offers nonstop service from 109 different destinations, mostly in the western US, but also from medium-sized cities in the central US and the large cities on the east coast. Some of the airlines that operate at SLC include American Airlines, Continental, United, US Airways, and low cost airlines Southwest and JetBlue. Utah is also accessible by road and train. You can take I-15 from Southern California and Las Vegas; from Idaho to the north; while I-80 connects west to Reno and northern California from San Francisco; and I-70 heads straight west from Denver. Meanwhile, Amtrak runs the California Zephyr from Emeryville to Chicago, with stops in Green River, Helper, Provo, and Salt Lake City.

Flights to Utah

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