Readers name Temple Square Utah's top attraction

Zion National Park. San Rafael Swell, Bryce Canyon National Park and Goblin Valley State Park in top five

Home to several of the nation's most famous national parks, Utah's appeal lies primarily (and unsurprisingly) in its natural attractions. More than 65 percent of Utah's lands are public, offering superb access to red rock canyons, sandstone cliffs, snow-covered mountains and remnants of the state's earliest residents – both dinosaur and human.

  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
    Kanab

    Spreading across close to 1.9 million acres, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument's geological and archaeological natural wonders span its spectacular Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces, the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau and the Escalante River Canyons. From hiking and hunting to climbing and river running, the site offers endless opportunities for recreation in an unparalleled setting.
    Photo courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism

  • Monument Valley

    Straddling the Utah-Arizona border, Monument Valley is perhaps one of the most iconic images of the American West. This landscape of surreal red sandstone formations occupies part of the Navajo Nation, and while visitors can tour the area by foot, vehicle or horseback, a Navajo guide truly brings the area's history to life.
    Photo courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism

  • Cedar Breaks National Monument
    Cedar City

    One of America's most spectacular national monuments, Cedar Breaks overlooks a half-mile deep geologic amphitheater filled with hoodoos, arches and other unusual red rock formations, carved by Mother Nature in the Markagunt Plateau. It's one of only a few dark sky parks in the world, making it a popular destination for stargazers.
    Photo courtesy of NPS Photo

  • Arches National Park
    Moab

    Arches National Park's extensive trail system offers postcard-perfect views and myriad photo opportunities. Easy hikes to the famed Delicate or Skyline Arches can be as short as 10 minutes, though strenuous routes can last as long as four and serve up challenges in the form of steep descents, narrow ledges and the unforgiving Utah sun.
    Photo courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism

  • Antelope Island State Park
    Salt Lake City

    The largest of the Great Salt Lake's nine islands, Antelope Island encompasses 28,022 acres of Great Basin habitat and a surprising variety of flora and fauna, including the island's namesake antelope that were reintroduced in 1993. Perhaps more famous are the island's 600 resident American Bison, often visible by visitors hiking, biking or horseback riding the state park's numerous backcountry trails.
    Photo courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism

  • Goblin Valley State Park
    Green River

    Those who walk through Utah's strange Goblin Valley State Park might feel like they're walking on Mars, thanks to the hundreds of sandstone 'goblins' covering the landscape. Trails bring hikers from overlooks to the valley floor, where they can wander amid a forest of stunted hoodoo formations that give the park its name.
    Photo courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism

  • Bryce Canyon National Park

    Bryce Canyon National Park, characterized by its forest of eroded rock pillars called "hoodoos," is an other-worldly landscape you need to see to believe. The breathtaking Utah backcountry is mercilessly free of light pollution, something that hikers take advantage of during the park's popular, ranger-led Full Moon Hikes.
    Photo courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism

  • San Rafael Swell
    Castle Dale

    Located in southeastern Utah, the San Rafael Swell was formed by a geologic upheaval over thousands of years. The 70- by 40-mile Swell offers hiking, mountain biking, backpacking and camping amid its canyons, plateaus and colorful sandstone buttresses. 
    Photo courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism

  • Zion National Park
    Springdale

    Utah's first national park is also one of its greatest. More than 100 miles of trails take visitors through an array of natural wonders, from the 16 miles of slot canyons known as The Narrows to the head-spinning heights of majestic Angel's Landing. Giant sandstone canyons, striated in a rainbow of color, rise 2,000 feet above river valleys - a testament to the power of natural forces at work on our planet.
    Photo courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism

  • Temple Square
    Salt Lake City

    One of Utah's most famous cultural attractions, Temple Square is home of the beautiful headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The 35-acre space contains more than a dozen attractions related to the Mormon faith, including the Church History Museum and two visitors centers. The all-volunteer Mormon Tabernacle Choir performances are free and open to the public.
    Photo courtesy of 2010 Douglas Pulsipher / Utah Images

The top 10 winners in the category Best Utah Attraction are as follows:

  1. Temple Square - Salt Lake City
  2. Zion National Park - Springdale
  3. San Rafael Swell - Castle Dale
  4. Bryce Canyon National Park
  5. Goblin Valley State Park - Green River
  6. Antelope Island State Park - Salt Lake City
  7. Arches National Park - Moab
  8. Cedar Breaks National Monument - Cedar City
  9. Monument Valley
  10. Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument - Kanab

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Landon John (@UtahIsRad), Brian Passey (The Spectrum & Daily News) and Brock Slinger (www.brockslinger.com) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of travel in Utah.

Congratulations to all these winning attractions!

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