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West coast of America

Escape from it all in the stunning state of Utah, in the west of the United States of America. Here, it's all about the great outdoors, with national parks, ski resorts and incredible landscapes that will delight and astound hikers, bikers and skiers alike. Utah is an adventure playground of epic proportions, where the astonishing display put on by Mother Nature is often added to by awe-inspiring man-made creations.

Attractions in the south of Utah include Lake Powell, Zion National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Moab, and the Four Corners Monument (where you can be in four states at the same time). In the north, meanwhile, you can check out Salt Lake City, Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island State Park, Park City and Ogden, as well as towns and sites where the Mormon and Native American influences are clear.

Surrounded as they are by Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico, hotels in Utah often attract adventurous travellers enjoying a road trip around the south west of the United States of America. Hitting the open road is a great way to see the many and diverse faces of America, and budget hotels in Utah particularly often take the shape of roadside motels that have great rates and everything you need for a comfortable night. Usual features include two huge beds, plenty of space, and sometimes a kitchenette.

The finest five-star hotels in Utah, on the other hand, are usually based in Salt Lake City or the ski resort of Park City and offer amazing views, excellent service and comfortable rooms. Park City is the Utah ski resort with the liveliest nightlife scene, while other notable mountain resorts include Park City, Deer Valley, Snowbird, The Canyons and Alta

Wherever you stay, look out for hotels from Hampton Inn, Days Inn, La Quinta, Holiday Inn Express, Super 8, Ramada, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn, Best Western, Park Plaza, Radisson, Marriott and Econo Lodge.

Top five attractions

Winter skiing

With some of the best conditions in the USA, Utah is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders.

Zion National Park

Strap on your walking gear, take a camera and plenty of water and head to Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and half a mile deep in places.

Great Salt Lake

One of the largest salt lakes in the world, this is a remarkable place that has fascinated visitors for decades.

Lake Powell

Hire a boat or a jet ski to enjoy the stunning beauty of Lake Powell close up. You might be in landlocked Utah, but you'll feel like you're at the beach.

Dinosaur National Monument

This quarry, dating from a mind-boggling 150 million years ago, will fascinate youngsters and older visitors alike.

Events

Sundance Film Festival; January: Hotels in Park City are in huge demand in Park City when this movie event, founded by Hollywood great Robert Redford, arrives in town.

North American Freeskiing Championships; March: Designer shades at the ready as you mingle at one of the coolest and most exciting events on any winter sports calendar.

Utah State Fair; September: Head to Salt Lake City as the summer sun begins to fade and celebrate all that is great about life in Utah. There is plenty to keep everyone entertained, including shopping, fairground rides, live music, and performances.