The state of Utah in the Western USA is filled with untouched natural scenery, red canyons, rivers and creeks, making it a great destination for outdoor activities. Long before the first European settlers reached this land, various tribes of the Ute-Aztec Native American ethnicity called it their home. Another group of Native Americans, the Navajo, settled in the region around the 18th century and they are still one of the largest Native American groups in the country.
Utah is a unique state where the landscape has been strongly influenced by wind, water and time. The state has some of the best parks in the USA, including five national parks, seven national monuments, three national historic trails, two national recreation areas, and one national historic site. The Mighty 5® National Parks, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion all guarantee incredible experiences. Exploring the parks, you are constantly reminded of the influence of prehistoric life on the area.
The Mighty 5® lure in many millions of tourists from around the globe every year. Some of the most unforgettable activities include watching the sun rise over the red rocks at Canyonlands National Park, watching the sun set through the majestic bow at Arches National Park, and exploring ancient fossils at Capitol Reef National Park. Visiting Bryce Canyon’s red colored hoodoos is a must when in Utah, and Zion National Park features some of the best canyon trails in the world. All of the five parks also offer visitors the chance to engage in outdoor activities, such as biking, hiking, river rafting, stargazing, picnicking, and even mule riding.
Salt Lake City is at the urban heart of Utah and is its economic and educational center. The city, and state for that matter, has been greatly influenced by the Mormon religion ever since it was settled by Mormon pioneers in the mid 19th century. SLC is also the gateway to Utah’s incredible winter resorts, as well as Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in the north. The vibrant city also attracts many visitors who stay within its urban area due to its unique charm. The compact downtown area is great for strolling around its many attractions, restaurants, bars, and shopping facilities. When in town, be sure to visit Temple Square, the spiritual heart of the city, and undertake some serious shopping at City Creek Center. If you enjoy hip cafés and bakeries, simply head to the 9th and 9th district.
Not only is Utah a great travel destination, the state is also home to some of the best universities and educational institutions in the region. The University of Utah, Utah State University and Southern Utah University are among the best in the area. This is one more reason why Utah is an ideal location to start your TEFL/TESOL adventure. Come to our Utah campus and train to become a qualified English teacher. At the end of the month, you will possess an internationally recognized teaching qualification that allows you to work all over the world.