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Interesting and Unusual Thing to do in Utah

Utah might be best known for its five national parks, including Zion National Park and Capitol Reef National Park, it’s extensive Mormon presence and the influence the religion has had on the state, particularly Salt Lake City, and for the extensive skiing opportunities it has to offer, but there is so much more to the Beehive State than you might imagine.

If you’re into the interesting and unusual, taking a road trip to Utah will not disappoint. Here are some of the more exciting things you can get up to in the state:

The Homestead Crater

Located in the Midway area, the Homestead Crater is an impressive geothermal hot spring located below a slowly expanding mineral dome. If you’re looking to relax in an unusual setting, head to this anomalous mound, which at certain points protrudes 55 feet from the ground, where you can take the hot (90-96 degrees) waters and rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. Not content with relaxing? Why not try scuba diving, paddle boarding or participating in a spot of impromptu yoga in what has to be one of nature’s finest homegrown hot tubs?

Thistle Ghost Town

You don’t get more interesting and unusual than a bona fide all-American ghost town, and Thistle has to be one of the best for a spot of eerie exploration. Founded in 1883, Thistle was once a thriving farming and ranching town until 1983 when a huge landslide caused major flooding. Now, only a handful of structures remain, giving the ghost town a distinctly eerie feel, especially when you’re alone at the church on top of the hill or looking out at the house that is semi-submerged in a bog.

The SeaQuest Aquarium

The SeaQuest Aquarium falls squarely on the interesting side of interesting and unusual. It is an interactive aquarium where you can swim with stingrays, get a pedicure from tropical fish, commune with rainforest reptiles and delight in the bold colors of birds of paradise. It’s probably one of the most informative and amazing attractions in the whole state.

Pando, The Trembling Giant

Pando is one of the biggest and oldest living organisms on the planet. No, it isn’t a sea monster or some kind of Godzilla creature, it’s a huge grove of unbelievable quaking aspen trees!

If you want to have your breath taken away by nature, you simply must take the time to visit this all natural spectacle in Fishlake National Forest. The, more than, 88,000-year-old grove, where the trees work together as if they were one, will take your breath away and as you watch them quake, working together as one.

Hole n’ the Rock

The Hole n’ the Rock is nothing more than a 1940s home carved into a rock. It might not sound all that interesting, but if you’re looking for offbeat, it’s not one to be missed because there is something slightly eerie and uncomfortable about this roadside attraction which has been left pretty much as it was before its owners passed away. It’ll make for some great selfies.

Have you been on vacation in Utah? Can you recommend any other interesting and unusual attractions within the Beehive State’s boundaries?

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