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.


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.


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?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 9,873 vacation rentals near Utah. From 584 Cabins to 2,792 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 HomeAway.

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 HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Moab: 648 vacation rentals
  • Salt Lake City: 759 vacation rentals
  • Park City Mountain Resort: 1,835 vacation rentals
  • Deer Valley: 1,661 vacation rentals
  • Zion National Park: 255 vacation rentals

And HomeAway 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:

  • Moab: 648 rentals
  • Salt Lake City: 759 rentals
  • Brian Head: 465 rentals
  • Heber City: 4,757 rentals
  • Springdale: 182 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): 702 vacation rentals
  • Kanab, UT (KNB): 153 vacation rentals
  • Canyonlands Field (CNY): 205 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?

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

  • Bear Lake Marina: 305 rentals
  • Utah Olympic Park: 5,447 rentals
  • Zion National Park South Entrance: 1,367 rentals
  • Powder Mountain Ski Resort: 239 rentals
  • Sundance Ski Resort: 3,307 rentals

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

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