Utah is an underrated state that contains many unique gems and opportunities for life-changing experiences. Here are 10 reasons why you should go to college in Utah.
1. The Great Outdoors
The state of Utah provides great opportunities to spend time outdoors and get reacquainted with fresh air and adventure. There are forty-five state parks and five national parks to visit. The national parks are Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands. The parks offer breathtaking views, fun hikes, and unforgettable experiences. If you’re not into hiking, other popular outdoor activities in Utah include canyoneering, rappelling, rock climbing, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, camping and much more.
2. The Diverse Weather
Utah is a state known for its rapidly and dramatically changing weather. Utahns get to experience the full range of weather — sometimes in the same week! You’ll get cold temperatures along with hot ones and experience snow, hail, rain, fog, lots of sunshine, and everything else in between. While some parts of Utah get several feet of snow during the winter, the southern region of Utah is dotted with palm trees! If you do not like the weather all you have to do is wait a day and chances are it will likely change!
3. The Fry Sauce
Fry sauce is a delicious condiment that is a mix of ketchup and mayonnaise. It is available in most fast food restaurants in Utah to put on French fries, chicken strips, and burgers, and once you try it—you’ll never go back to using plain old ketchup.
4. The Professional Sports
There are many different sports teams who call Utah home. There are big names such as the Jazz and Real Salt Lake for basketball and soccer fans, but there are also many minor and lower-level league teams that provide quality entertainment. Minor league baseball teams include the Salt Lake Bees, the Orem Owlz and the Ogden Raptors. There is even a mid-level hockey team, the Utah Grizzlies.
5. The Festivals And Celebrations
Many towns and cities across Utah hold unique festivals and celebrations. The summers especially are full of parades, rodeos, and fairs to attend! In fact, Cedar City (where Southern Utah University is located,) has become known as Festival City USA. The city’s most well-known festival is the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
6. The Holi Festival of Colors
The Holi Festival of Colors is held annually in Spanish Fork, Utah at Krishna Temple. Holi is an Indian holiday that celebrates the coming of spring. Every year, thousands of people meet at the Utah Krishna Temple to throw colored chalk in the air and celebrate.
7. The Sundance Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah is a well-known and very popular independent film festival that many celebrities attend.
8. The SLC Music Scene
There’s a cool music scene in Utah, especially in Salt Lake City. There are frequent concerts and smaller shows around the state that big name bands come to. In fact, bands like Neon Trees, Royal Bliss and The Used even started in Utah!
9. The University of Utah School of Medicine
University of Utah is one of Utah’s largest colleges and is home to a nationally-ranked medical school. According to U.S. News, the University of Utah is ranked in the top 50 medical schools in the nation for both research and primary care.
10. Proximity To Other Attractions
If you ever feel like taking a road trip or vacation on the weekend or for Spring Break, Utah is close to other out-of-state attractions. Utah is not far from Las Vegas, Mesquite, The Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and other western attractions.
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Micala Downs attends Southern Utah University and studies English with an emphasis in creative writing. Some of her favorite things include basebeall, hiking, and Mountain Dew. She aspires to live the lovely life.