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Quality of Life

Whether you want to spend your days skiing, golfing, visiting a world-class museum or shopping, it’s all happening in Utah.

The Beehive State consistently ranks as one of the nation’s best states for quality of life. Many executives, in fact, have visited the state as a tourist and now call Utah home. From majestic mountains, to serene desert landscapes, to a lively arts and entertainment scene, Utah is the place to be.


  • 5: Utah is home to five national parks, seven national monuments, two national recreation areas and six national forests.
  • 14: Utah has 14 world-class ski resorts, most within a one-hour drive from Salt Lake International Airport.
  • 125,000: The Tony Awardwinning Utah Shakespeare Festival draws more than 125,000 visitors each year.
  • Salt Lake City was just named as one of Zagat’s Up-and-Coming Food Cities.


  • Utah cities in Kiplinger’s Personal Best Cities for Every Age, 2012: Ogden-Clearfield, Provo-Orem, Salt Lake City, St. George
  • Salt Lake City ranked No. 1 in Kiplinger’s 10 States with the Biggest Rate of Job Growth in 2012.
  • Salt Lake City ranked as one of Kiplinger’s 10 greatest cities for young adults in 2010.
  • Utah ranked No. 5 in the national Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index for 2011.
  • Utah ranks No. 10 among states for median household income, according to the U.S. Census.

A Sampling of Utah Attractions

1.Temple Square
One of Utah’s top tourist destinations. Attractions include the iconic Salt Lake Temple and the Church History Museum.

2. Utah’s Hogle Zoo
Covering 42 acres, the zoo boasts more than 800 animals.

3. Lagoon Amusement Park
This amusement park has nearly 50 rides, along with games and a water park.

4. Clark Planetarium
The planetarium features space exhibits, educational shows and current movie releases in its IMAX theatre.

5. Natural History Museum of Utah
This beautiful museum showcases Utah’s natural history with artifacts, dinosaurs exhibits, science displays and hands-on activities.

6. Timpanogos Cave Monument
A short but invigorating hike leads to three spectacular caverns high in the Wasatch Mountains.

7. Antelope Island
The largest island in the Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island is a prime destination for camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding and viewing wildlife.

8. Miller Motorsports Park
This state-of-the-art road racing facility caters to automobiles, motorcycles and karts.

9. Heber Valley Historic Railroad
View the beautiful Heber Valley while riding a vintage train.

10. Thanksgiving Point
The institute encompasses museums, gardens, restaurants, activities and events.

An Ideal Climate

  • Utah boasts a four-season climate with lots of sunshine and low humidity.
  • Mountain ranges protect the Salt Lake metropolitan area from harsh weather.
  • Geography encompasses mountains and fertile valleys, arid deserts, sand dunes and thriving pine forests.
  • Average daytime high temperatures range from 37 degrees in January to 93 degrees in July.

Four-Season Recreation

Summer Activities

  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • ATV riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Road cycling
  • Hunting
  • Horseback riding
  • Bird/wildlife watching
  • Golf

Winter Activities

  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Ice climbing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sledding/tubing
  • Ice skating
  • Snowkiting
  • Ice fishing

Water Activities

  • Fishing
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Boating
  • Jet skiing
  • Scuba diving
  • Parasailing
  • Ice fishing
  • Houseboating
  • Swimming

A Sampling of Performing Arts

1. Ballet West
One of America’s leading ballet companies.

2. Utah Opera
Performs four annual productions in the Capitol Theatre.

3. Utah Symphony
Performing more than 70 subscription concerts annually in Abravanel Hall.

4. Repertory Dance Theatre
Dedicated to the creation and performance of modern dance.

5. Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company
Commissions and performs original works.

6. Salt Lake Acting Company
Supports emerging playwrights by commissioning and producing new

7. Pioneer Theatre Company
Produces major musicals and works by contemporary playwrights.

World-Class Dining

Salt Lake City was just named as one of Zagat’s Up-and-Coming Food Cities Around the U.S. thanks to an emerging farm-to-table culture and a growing base of award-winning local producers like Creminelli Fine Meats, Slide Ridge Honey and Honey Wine, Snowy Mountain Sheep Creamery, and Amano Artisan Chocolate, as well as statewide local pastured poultry and meat products and dozens of farmers markets. In addition, several homegrown Utah restaurants that have been featured on the Food Network:

  • The Blue Plate Diner
  • The Burger Bar
  • The Lone Star Taqueria
  • Pat’s Barbecue
  • The Red Iguana
  • Ruth’s Diner
  • Moochie’s Meatballs
  • Kobe Sushi
  • Crown Burgers
  • Bruges Waffles and Frites
  • Les Madeleines
  • Shooting Star Saloon

Local Micro-Breweries

The Greatest Snow on Earth!®

  • Readers of SKI magazine ranked three Utah resorts in the top 10 North American resorts for 2012-2013: No. 2 Deer Valley, No. 4 Park City Mountain Resort, No. 10 Canyons
  • Canyons resort ranked No. 4 in North America in Outside magazine
  • TransWorld Snowboarding magazine ranked Park City Mountain Resort the No. 2 overall resort and the No. 2 terrain park in North America. Freeskier magazine also ranks Park City as the No. 2 terrain park.
  • Powder Mountain is ranked the No. 1 Best Value resort by SKI magazine.

Olympic Venues

Utah Olympic Oval
5662 South 4800 West (Cougar Lane)
Kearns, Utah
Speed Skating

Salt Lake Ice Center/EnergySolutions Arena
301 W. South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah
Figure Skating, Short Track Skating

Maverik Center
3200 S. Decker Lake Dr.
West Valley City, Utah
Ice Hockey

The Peaks Ice Arena
100 No. Seven Peaks Blvd.
Provo, Utah
Ice Hockey

Ice Sheet at Ogden
4390 Harrison Blvd.
Ogden, Utah

Park City Mountain Resort
1310 Lowell Avenue
Park City, Utah
Giant Slalom, Snowboarding Parallel and Halfpipe

Deer Valley Mountain Resort
2250 Deer Valley Drive
Park City, Utah
Slalom, Freestyle Aerials and Freestyle Moguls

Utah Olympic Park
Olympic Parkway and Highway 224 at Kimball Junction
Park City
Bobsleigh, Luge, Skeleton, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined

Soldier Hollow
(Wasatch State Park)
2002 Soldier Hollow Drive near Midway
Biathlon, Cross-Country Skiing

Snowbasin Ski Resort
Highway 167 (Trapper’s Loop)
(801) 399-0304
Downhill, Super G, Combined, Downhill/Slalom

Rice Eccles Olympic Stadium
University of Utah Campus
Salt Lake City
Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Home of Olympic Cauldron

Olympic Village
University of Utah Campus
Salt Lake City
Athlete Village

Professional Sports Teams

Plan a Visit to Utah