As an out-of-state student, moving to Utah has involved a ton of new experiences. From its huge snow-capped mountains to its vibrant city life, Utah has a lot to explore. I’ve decided to dedicate my first year at the University of Utah to exploring my new home. Since this beautiful state has so much to do, I’ve created a bucket list of five places I’d like to visit while living here.
1. Explore the Utah State Capitol
As a bit of an architecture and history nerd, large and elaborate buildings are so intriguing. I’d love to explore the Capitol building in person and walk through halls that have existed for a little over a century. If you're bored this weekend, touring Capitol Hill is an awesome way to pass the time and learn something new! With its gorgeous marble interior and impressive history, it’s hard not to be drawn to the Capitol.
2. Visit the 9th and 9th Whale
The 9th and 9th whale is a new art installation in the 9th and 9th neighborhood. The colorful whale is the perfect place to get a few some-what touristy pictures, then grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants. This neighborhood is a small, artsy oasis with plenty of hidden gems—and a not-so-hidden whale sculpture.
3. Hike in Big Cottonwood Canyon
Practically every Utah resident highly recommends visiting Big Cottonwood Canyon. Big Cottonwood Canyon sounds like the perfect place to hike or enjoy a picnic lunch. Dog Lake Loop is a moderately difficult trail I'd love to try! Another popular hike—with an even more interesting name—is Doughnut Falls. Doughnut Falls is an easier hike that leads to a unique waterfall. The picturesque mountains and vibrant wildlife make Big Cottonwood Canyon a must see!
4. Walk through Red Butte Garden
Located on the University of Utah campus is Red Butte Garden. With its vibrant landscape, Red Butte Garden is the perfect spot for a scenic walk or Instagram picture. Red Butte Garden also hosts plant sales, concerts, and other events. As a University of Utah student, you can visit the garden for free!
5. Swim in the Great Salt Lake
Another location recommended to me is the Great Salt Lake. The Great Salt Lake is a unique ecosystem, containing a higher salt percentage than the ocean. Due to its high amounts of salt, you're able to float in the water. Even if the salty water isn’t for you, it’s still a gorgeous place to visit. Anyways, how can you live in Salt Lake City without visiting the Great Salt Lake?
Whether you’re a Utah resident or an out-of-state student like me, finding new experiences and adventures is always worth it. If you have a little extra time or you need a break from studying, consider visiting one of these places. Hopefully, my little bucket list has inspired you to go out and explore!
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