Revisiting Favorite Destinations (aka Our Latest Travels to Southern Utah)

081413 - ZionWhen this post is published, I’m going to be far, far away from my computer. I’ll be taking my second short vacation of the summer, this time in southern Utah. Getting out of Las Vegas and visiting Utah is nothing new for my husband and me. We’re huge fans of hopping in the car and road tripping a few hours north to our neighboring state for a bit of tranquility and serenity.

What is it that we love about Utah? The list is long, but it includes the colors and fresh air, the wide open spaces and interesting topography, the miles of hiking trails and beautiful scenic drives. We make it a point to visit Utah at least a couple times a year because we love it so much, and this visit will be our third of 2013.

The thing about our trips to Utah, though, is that they follow a very familiar pattern. We almost always camp in or near the southern portion of Zion National Park, and we hike and re-hike our favorite trails in the park. We have ventured to nearby Cedar Breaks and Bryce Canyon as well, but our typical destination is the well-visited area of Zion. We know what’s there, we know we enjoy what we’ll find and it’s consistently consistent. There are no surprises, and we always have a good time.

When we visit Utah, we like that certainty. Usually, we’ve only got a long weekend for our trip, so we like to make the most of our time and enjoy it stress free. For these reasons, revisiting the same place over and over again is a good thing for us. Every trip to southern Utah leaves us invigorated and energetic, ready to get back to the “real world” after some time unplugged and buried in nature.

It’s funny that we enjoy taking virtually the same trip over and over again because we’re very much into going to new places and trying new things. Knowing that we have one short life to live, we take advantage of every opportunity we have to expand our traveling horizons. But there’s also something very comforting about visiting a place with which we’re intimately familiar, and I think that makes revisiting favorite destinations completely legitimate.

All that said, this time around, we’re going to being visiting our favorite destination … but we’re shaking things up a bit. We’ve been invited and are generously being hosted by the Cedar City/Brian Head Tourism Bureau to explore parts of one of our favorite destinations from a new perspective, so as you read this we’ll be visiting and hiking through the northwest section of Zion National Park, which is harder to reach and far less visited than the southern section of the park. We’ll spend time exploring the Brian Head area, and though we’ll be visiting Cedar Breaks again, this time we’re going for star gazing. And we’ve always wanted to go to the Utah Shakespeare Festival, but this year we’re actually going to go! On top of all of this, we are not going to be camping, which is a first when it comes to us and southern Utah.

As I sit here with a mile-long to-do list, I can’t help but to look forward to revisiting a familiar destination with a new and interesting perspective. I adore the southern Utah we know and love, and we’ll be back to our old haunt again before long, I’m sure, but this time around, we’re wide open to any new experiences that may come our way. There’s nothing I’d love more than to redefine one of our favorite places in a way that makes it an even more attractive place to visit over and over again.

Do you have a favorite destination that you revisit a lot? Where is it? Why?

4 Responses to “Revisiting Favorite Destinations (aka Our Latest Travels to Southern Utah)”

  1. Thomas | Jus Getaway

    Utah seems like the perfect place to get away to for the weekend and unplug. I don’t have a favorite spot yet as the wifey and I are just really starting to get into weekend trips and vacation mode. We want to travel a lot more and hopefully we will find a spot similar to how you and your husband have found.

    • JoAnna

      There’s just something about southern Utah that works as an ideal getaway for us. And we did enjoy our recent exploration of new parts of the area, so I know we’ll be back again soon!

  2. Barbara @ You Should GoToo!

    Hi JoAnna, I’m new to your site and really enjoying reading about your travel adventures, I look forward to following along in the future! I have to agree with you, Utah is one of our favorite travel destinations too and for many of the same reasons you mentioned. We are planning our next trip to Utah now, hopefully to tour the grand circle once aging, spectacular scenery. Happy Travels!

    • JoAnna

      Thanks for stopping by, Barbara! We haven’t actually done the Grand Circle, but we have done many parts of it in separate pieces. Hopefully someday…


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