A landscape so magical it inspired five National Parks

You’ve probably seen pictures of Utah’s stunning landscape before: This western state, flanked by Colorado to the east and Nevada to the west, begs to be photographed. What’s more, Utah encompasses five National Parks that showcase its breathtaking rust-hued landscape.

Millions of years of wind and rain have carved Utah’s red rocks into hectares of natural artwork. Follow the winding roads through Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in the southeast part of the state before heading west to view the spiky stone needles of Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. And Capitol Reef National Park offers opportunities to hike along an actual wrinkle on the earth’s surface. To the north, Utah’s red rocks give way to towering mountains that draw more than a half million of skiers and snowboarders and other tourists the small, stylish town of Park City each year. Warmer summer temperatures draw travelers to Salt Lake City and to the shores of the Great Salt Lake, the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere and home to a wide variety of wildlife such as bison, American white pelicans and brine shrimp.