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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Southern Utah Makes List Of Best Spring Trips

NationalGeographic.com has this interesting article recommending destinations for spring travel. Kane County, in southern Utah, makes the list. The county seat is Kanab and the article correctly names the area is a major gateway to Zion, Bryce, Grand Canyon, Lake Powell and Grand Staircase-Escalante. Here's the lead paragraph:

Kane County, Southwestern Utah
Kane County sits in the middle of southwestern Utah’s staggering geological smorgasbord: narrow slot canyons, polychrome cliffs, wavelike buttes, and world-class paleontological sites. From Kanab, the county seat, it’s 90 minutes or less to three national parks (Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion), Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, and the rugged and remote 1.9-million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the last area in the continental United States to be mapped.

“What strikes people when they visit is the intensity of the outdoor experience available here,” says Kanab custom furniture maker Rich Csenge. “[There's] staggering natural beauty, trailheads everywhere, and the sense of eternity expressed in geology and topography that seems to change color and shape with every hour of the day.”

The article recommends when to visit, where to stay and where to eat.

The beautiful photo illustrating the Kane County section does not have a cutline or credit, so many people may wonder what it shows. It is the Golden Cathedral, a natural amphitheater in a narrow canyon in Grand Staircase-Escalante.

Other destinations on the list:
  • Wild Atlantic Way, County Donegal to County Cork, Ireland
  • Grande Rivière, Trinidad
  • El Greco Year, Toledo, Spain
  • Tasmanian Walking Tours
  • Valletta, Malta
  • El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
  • Casablanca Valley, Chile
  • Patriots’ Day Weekend, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Asheville, North Carolina

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