60 days in United States Itinerary

60 days in United States Itinerary

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Ferdinand
— 1 day
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Saint Louis
— 2 nights
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Kansas City
— 2 nights
Fly to Laramie, Drive to Rocky Mountain National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 5 nights
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Denver
— 4 nights
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Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Zion National Park
— 3 nights
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Bryce Canyon National Park
— 2 nights
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Capitol Reef National Park
— 3 nights
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Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
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Moab
— 2 nights
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Arches National Park
— 3 nights
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Grand Teton National Park
— 4 nights
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Yellowstone National Park
— 7 nights
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Badlands National Park
— 1 night
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Ferdinand

— 1 day
Ferdinand is a town in Ferdinand Township, Dubois County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. On the 31st (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial and then take an in-depth tour of Santa Claus Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ferdinand trip builder tool.

Lexington to Ferdinand is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In May, daytime highs in Ferdinand are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Saint Louis.

Things to do in Ferdinand

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Saint Louis

— 2 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, examine the collection at World Chess Hall of Fame, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): examine the collection at Inside the Economy Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank, then see the interesting displays at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, and then brush up on your military savvy at Soldiers Memorial Military Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saint Louis trip planning app.

Getting from Ferdinand to Saint Louis by car takes about 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to fly to Kansas City.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Kansas City

— 2 nights

City of Fountains

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
On the 3rd (Thu), examine the collection at 1879 Chicago & Alton RR Depot, get engrossed in the history at National Frontier Trails Museum, and then examine the collection at Shoal Creek Living History Museum. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at TWA Museum, examine the collection at Museum of Illusions, then see the sky in a new way at The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station, then steep yourself in history at Jesse James Bank Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Liberty Jail Historic Site.

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You can fly from Saint Louis to Kansas City in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Kansas City are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Kansas City

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 5 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Take a break from the city and head to Alberta Falls and Sheep Lakes. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chapel on the Rock and Eagle Plume Trading Post. The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Many Parks Curve Overlook, explore the activities along Chasm Lake, trek along Glacier Gorge Junction Trailhead, and admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park journey builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Kansas City to Rocky Mountain National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Rocky Mountain National Park. Traveling from Kansas City in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, with lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Denver

— 4 nights

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Bring the kids along to Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and History Colorado Center. Discover out-of-the-way places like Clyfford Still Museum and Mines Museum of Earth Science. Go for a jaunt from Denver to Golden to see Mother Cabrini Shrine about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Mount Falcon Castle Trail.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Denver route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado Springs

— 4 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Let the collections at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Climbing Tours and Seven Bridges Trail. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at North Cheyenne Canon Park, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, add some entertainment to your itinerary with Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, and get engrossed in the history at ANA Money Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs journey planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. June in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lost Man Trail, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Smuggler Mountain, and then hike along Grottos Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Castle Creek Road.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Aspen itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in June; daily highs in Aspen reach 79°F and lows reach 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Stations of the Cross Shrine, and then make a trip to White Mountain Trading Post. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Aspen to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in June, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, then get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites, and finally hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Park Point and then trek along Spruce Canyon Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park with the Route module. While traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 46°F. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Zion National Park

— 3 nights
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Take a break from the city and head to Zion Shuttle and Riverside Walk. Attractions like Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel and Off-Road Tours make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: trek along Temple of Sinawava Trail, take a memorable drive along Kolob Terrace Road, take in breathtaking views at Hidden Canyon, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Pa'rus Trail.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zion National Park route planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Zion National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In June, daily temperatures in Zion National Park can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bryce Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Bryce Canyon National Park

— 2 nights
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Sunset Point, hike along Navajo Loop Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Navajo/Queens Garden Loop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Rim Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Bryce Amphitheatre, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Three Wisemen.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park online attractions planner.

Getting from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, Bryce Canyon National Park is little chillier than Zion National Park - with highs of 79°F and lows of 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Capitol Reef National Park

— 3 nights
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Hickman Bridge Trail and Factory Butte. Get a sense of the local culture at Gifford Homestead and The Wolverton Mill. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Goosenecks Overlook, contemplate the long history of Pioneer Register, take in the dramatic natural features at Water Pocket Fold, and admire the striking features of Fruita Schoolhouse.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Capitol Reef National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park takes 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Capitol Reef National Park can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Canyonlands National Park

— 2 nights
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Mesa Arch, hike along White Rim Trail, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at White Rim Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky, hike along Aztec Butte Trail, and then hike along Pothole Point Trail.

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Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Canyonlands National Park takes 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Capitol Reef National Park in July; daily highs in Canyonlands National Park reach 97°F and lows reach 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Moab

— 2 nights

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, trek along Scott Matheson Wetlands Preserve, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Corona Arch. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grandstaff Canyon Trail, see the interesting displays at Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage, and then cruise along Colorado Riverway Recreation Area.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Moab trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Moab takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Moab can reach 97°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Arches National Park

— 3 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Delicate Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Courthouse Towers, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Tower of Babel. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Wolfe Ranch, take in the dramatic natural features at Windows, take in the dramatic natural features at Double Arch, then take in the dramatic natural features at Turret Arch, and finally trek along Pine Tree Arch Trail.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Arches National Park trip app.

Drive from Moab to Arches National Park in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Arches National Park are 97°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Grand Teton National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Grand Teton National Park

— 4 nights

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chapel of the Transfiguration and Chapel of the Sacred Heart. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jenny Lake Trail and Leigh Lake. There's still lots to do: cruise along 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive, take in the dramatic natural features at Inspiration Point, explore the striking landscape of Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, and hike along Menor's Ferry Historical Trail.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park travel route planner.

Drive from Arches National Park to Grand Teton National Park in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of car, train, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Arches National Park in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Grand Teton National Park, with highs around 79°F, while nights are colder with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Yellowstone National Park

— 7 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Step off the beaten path and head to Grand Loop Road and Midway Geyser Basin. Get outdoors at Old Faithful and Firehole Canyon Drive. The adventure continues: witness a stunning natural landmark at Fountain Paint Pot, explore the striking landscape at Aurum Geyser, admire the sheer force of Gibbon Falls, and contemplate the geological forces at Monument Geyser Basin.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yellowstone National Park road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park in 1.5 hours. In July, Yellowstone National Park is little chillier than Grand Teton National Park - with highs of 73°F and lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Badlands National Park

— 1 night
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): get great views at Pinnacles Overlook, get great views at Yellow Mounds Overlook, take in the dramatic natural features at Conata Basin Overlook, explore the striking landscape of Homestead Overlook, then explore the striking landscape at Burns Basin Overlook, and finally explore the striking landscape at Bigfoot Pass Overlook.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Badlands National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Yellowstone National Park to Badlands National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Yellowstone National Park in July, expect nights in Badlands National Park to be much warmer, around 60°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 91°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can fly to Chicago.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks · Nature

Chicago

— 6 nights

Windy City

A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Chicago Riverwalk and Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at The Art Institute of Chicago and Holy Name Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chicago: Whihala Beach (in Whiting), Brookfield Zoo (in Brookfield) and Baha'i House of Worship (in Wilmette). There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Lakefront Trail, make a trip to Millennium Park, get curious at Museum of Science and Industry, and explore the world behind art at Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Chicago online trip planner.

Fly from Badlands National Park to Chicago in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Badlands National Park to Chicago due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Badlands National Park in July: highs in Chicago hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Chicago

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Missouri travel guide

4.6
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.

Colorado travel guide

4.3
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.