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1. Posted by sunxm79 (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

Hi, I just planning my vacation in US and Utah will be the big point in whole plan, but since my schedule so just have 4days can be spent on some NP in Utah , but Utah really have so many NP in the map. so for a foreigner which NP is the best and worth to go?

and I heard have place which name Dead Horse Point, that is Tom Cruise climb to the top at the beginning of the first "Mission Impossible" Movie. so have anybody know more about "Dead Horse Point" ? what type about that place? is a mountain or ...? have any direction?

thanks a lot!

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 9y

Ivy,
Four days are not enough to see very much of the spectacular vistas available in Utah. I think Zion NP should be hit, I would pass on Bryce & Capitol Reef NPs. Try to hit Arches & Canyonlands NPs, close to Moab. Dead Horse Point State Park is close to Moab as well. I also recommend Monument Valley if you can work it into your schedule. Many western movies were filmed here as it offers unique desert scenery. You will need a rental car for this option.

I would use Moab as my base and take some of the tours offered; Arches & Canyonlands, Dead Horse SP, Monument Valley if time permits. Good Luck with your Utah adventure.

3. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 9y

I recommend Zion and a day trip to the North rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. There is a great lodge perched right on the side of the canyon where if you're lucky enough to catch a thunderstorm you can watch the lightening BELOW you. The north rim of the Grand Canyon is quite close to Zion Natinonal Park and worth the side trip.

LadyMacWilly ^..^ ~

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Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories. Except Utah, which she does not fancy."

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4. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 9y

As stated by vegasmike and Lady Macwil, Moab is a good starting point for any trip of national parks in Utah. The only other alternative would be Page, Arizona (just a mile across the state line from Utah).

The eight best things to see in this area (in order) are:

The Grand Canyon (you MUST go here)--when they make a list of the 7 "natural" wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon will be on the list, probably 2nd or 3rd right after Mount Everest and Java.

Lake Powell National Recreation Preserve (at the south end, near Page Arizona). Take the boat to the Rainbow Bridge if you have the time--it is worth it.

Monument Valley (not even a national park or wildlife area, believe it or not--but that's only because it is owned by the American Native Indians and not the US government)

Arches National Park--great arches in a windblown

Bryce Canyon National Park--beautiful formations (almost like stalactites in caves)

Mesa Verde National Park--right across in Colorado (the only national park in the US dedicated to man-made cave dwellings)

Zion National Park--red-cliff vistas extraordinary

Dead Horse Point (just south of Moab--it's the north end of Lake Powell)--and actually, I think I said it's where Tom Cruise climbed in the first "Mission Impossible" movie--but it was actually in the second Mission Impossible movie--at the beginning where he wears the sunglasses that give him his new assignment. Also, he starts climbing a place in Monument Valley (see above), but somehow ends up at Dead-Horse Point (90 miles away) when he gets to the top. (A little movie magic here).

In my opinion, Canyonlands National Park and Capital Reef National Park, while nice, are second-rate compared to the others listed here.

P.S. If you travel to go to this area, book your hotels ahead. There are not very many here--and they fill up quickly. Since this area is so remote, iff you don't get a hotel, you can end up traveling over two hours to get to the next one--which may or may not be full. Monument Valley has a hotel right in the valley, and the Grand Canyon lodge (both north and south end) requires about a two- to three- month prepaid advance reservation--and is only open in the north during the summer months.

Enjoy

5. Posted by Shonto (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Calcruzer, a footnote to your Monument Valley notes....it is also not a valley...just like the Grand Canyon, MV was formed by an upwarp (Monument Upwarp)...the GC was created by the Kaibab Upwarp...wind and water did the rest....

6. Posted by sunxm79 (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

thank you, thank you ,thank you!! really helpful!

I will drive from Mt. Rainer to Yellowstone, have any funny place worth to stop by the road? I just concern I can not drive to west yellowstone in 1 day, so just thinking about find some beautiful place spent 1 night.
have any good suggestion about it?

thanks a lot!

7. Posted by Shonto (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

It's a long one-day drive (11-12 hours) with a lot of tempations to stop along the way...assuming that Interstate 90 is your route, would consider overnighting in either Spokane WA or Coeur D'Alene ID and taking US89 out of Livingston MT entering Yellowstone at the North Entrance...if you have to enter at the West Entrance, take US191 out of Belgrade MT...enjoy your trip!