Destination guide

Desert landscapes and ski resorts in Utah

From the salt lakes to mountain trails, Utah is certainly a state for outdoorsy types, and, outside the cities, there are activities to enjoy in all weathers. Towns such as Park City have become world-class ski resorts, with plenty of powder during the winter, and many Utah vacation rentals are set among the state's mountainous landscape. There are large areas of red-tinged desert, with rocky hiking trails, and several national parks for camping. Utah also has a rich cultural scene, hosting the annual Sundance film festival, with Salt Lake City home to many museums, art galleries and historic theaters.

Activities

See Utah's sparkling Great Salt Lakes

Utah's capital, Salt Lake City, gets its name from the nearby Great Salt Lakes, so no visit to Utah is complete without a drive around the lakefront. The salt deposits make the lake sparkle, and if you visit at sunrise or sunset, they have a spectacular pink glow. Consider booking a Utah vacation rental close to the lake and exploring Antelope Island, which is reached by a long causeway and offers great views. You'll find sandy beaches overlooking the lake, and, if you don't mind a few brine shrimp, you can enjoy a relaxing float in the salty waters.

Weather

Hot Utah summers and snowy winters

Utah has 4 distinct seasons, and there's plenty to do, whenever you visit. The summers tend to be hot and dry, sometimes reaching 100, especially out in the desert. The temperature soon drops in October for a chilly fall, with the occasional cyclone hitting Utah, which can mean heavy rain. Spring can also be a wet season, although the temperature warms up quickly, so it's usually nice and mild. Winter brings snowfall from mid-November, especially in the mountains where the thick powder has made Utah a popular ski destination.

Natural features

Red deserts and snowy mountain tops in Utah

Around a 3rd of Utah is desert, with wide flat landscapes punctuated with large rocky formations and desert plants. Close to Moab is the Arches National Park, which has large red-tinged sandstone arches, creating a dramatic landscape. Look for Utah vacation rentals close to the park, and you can explore the many hiking trails, including the Grandstaff Canyon, with its rocky trails through hills and creeks. Utah has many mountains throughout the state, including Kings Peak, where there's a challenging 26-mile trail to the summit for panoramic views of the surrounding mountains

Where to stay around Utah, US?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 9,823 vacation rentals near Utah. From 585 Cabins to 2,787 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Utah for a holiday or a weekend are on VRBO.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Utah?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Utah. From VRBO travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Park City: 4,943 vacation rentals
  • Saint George: 1,098 vacation rentals
  • Moab: 648 vacation rentals
  • Salt Lake City: 738 vacation rentals
  • Park City Mountain Resort: 1,876 vacation rentals

And VRBO offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Utah! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Utah?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Utah:

  • Park City: 4,943 rentals
  • Saint George: 1,098 rentals
  • Moab: 648 rentals
  • Salt Lake City: 738 rentals
  • Brian Head: 466 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Utah?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Utah are:

  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC): 690 vacation rentals
  • Kanab, UT (KNB): 152 vacation rentals
  • Canyonlands Field (CNY): 208 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Utah?

VRBO offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Utah. From VRBO travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bear Lake Marina: 301 rentals
  • Canyons Resort: 5,500 rentals
  • Utah Olympic Park: 5,544 rentals
  • Zion National Park South Entrance: 1,323 rentals
  • Powder Mountain Ski Resort: 243 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Utah listed on VRBO where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Utah

Park City
4,943 vacation rentals
Saint George
1,098 vacation rentals
Moab
648 vacation rentals
Salt Lake City
738 vacation rentals
Brian Head
466 vacation rentals
Heber City
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Springdale
172 vacation rentals
Duck Creek Village
279 vacation rentals
Kanab
407 vacation rentals
Hurricane
1,091 vacation rentals
Provo
513 vacation rentals
Cedar City
529 vacation rentals
Midway
4,932 vacation rentals
Eden
430 vacation rentals
Garden City
336 vacation rentals
Sundance
129 vacation rentals
Logan
40 vacation rentals
Ogden
444 vacation rentals
Sandy
5,140 vacation rentals
Brighton
4,597 vacation rentals