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Utah Strives to Grow Tourism While Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park have been established for decades, they are growing in popularity year after year. This increase in tourism is as a result of a push to make Utah a goto tourist destination. Unfortunately Utah has been dubbed by some as a flyover state between Denver, Colorado, and sunny California. But this is an opinion Governor Gary Herbert wants to change. Nothing would make Governor Herbert happier than to have tourism increase at rate where a general contractor must work overtime to build facilities to house and entertain visitors to the state. With the increase of tourists, specifically in the greater Salt Lake City area, there will be an increase of jobs available to Utah residents. While many of Utah’s top tourist sites are centered on Mother Nature’s creations, these attractions enable other manmade facilities to serve tourists. Some of these facilities include hotels, restaurants, outdoor equipment outfitters, and retail shops. Whether you are visiting the greater Salt Lake City area or the entire state, there’s something for you to visit. Take a look at some of the best sites to see in Utah.

Mount Timpanogos The peak of Mount Timpanogos is one of the tallest in the entire state, with an elevation of 11,752 feet. Unless you are an experienced winter climber, it’s best to hike this trail in the late spring, summer or early fall. The hike is about 14 miles round trip—so be prepared. Be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen.

2002 Olympic Park Just outside of Park City you can tour the Olympic venues, including four Nordic ski jumps, summer and winter freestyle aerial jumps, and a bobsled/luge/skeleton track. You can even experience the track at 70 mph during your own bobsled ride.

Thanksgiving Point Just south of the point of the mountain, visitors and residents alike can enjoy the Thanksgiving Point farm, garden, and museum. Thanksgiving Point is dedicated to provide learning opportunities for families to learn about the natural world. Thanksgiving Point is expanding their already large campus with a new museum. The project’s general contractor and his crew are hard at work to bring even more opportunities to families as soon as possible.

Utah’s Hogle Zoo This zoo spans 42 acres and is Salt Lake City’s top paid attraction. Hogle zoo is home to hundreds of animals from hundreds of species. One of their best attractions is the Asian Highlands, a re-creation of a Himalayan village featuring five endangered Asian cat species. It is also home to the Elephant Encounter where you’ll find African elephants and white rhinoceros.

Lagoon Amusement Park This amusement park has the pleasure of being the largest between the Pacific Ocean and the Mississippi River. You’ll scream, shout, and smile as you experience more than 40 rides and musical entertainment. Whether you are visiting Utah or enjoying a staycation, be sure to visit these sites and enjoy all that the Beehive state has to offer.