My Plan for a Dream Trip to Utah (& Win £200 in Holiday Vouchers!)

I’m lucky enough to have seen quite a bit of America. In fact, all in all I’ve spent over a year there – thanks to two university summers working as a camp counselor, three months on the music trail from Austin up to Chicago, and various other holidays to California, Arizona, Florida, New York and Illinois.

There’s still more I want to see though!

USA Maob

– This post is in collaboration with Brand USA, all so you can potentially win holiday vouchers!

Read on and I’ll tell you how.

One of the best things about the US, I’ve come to realise is the parks and the outdoors. At one time I was all about the cities, but from the last few times I’ve been, I’ve realised the great outdoors is the best part of America.

And that’s why Utah would be my next choice for a holiday to the US of A. Where would you want to go?

How to win £200 of holiday vouchers for the USA!

Why I want to visit Utah

All you need to do to enter to win £200 of holiday vouchers for the USA, is to check out the new trip planner here – and then comment on this post below with the top 5 destinations you’d like to go to in the US.

Why not write me a little message too?

The trip planner is an awesome way to see where to go in your chosen state and work out how you can fit it all together. Just look at this screenshot as an example.

Utah trip planner

Also, the organisers of the competition, Brand USA, want you to add #WanderlustWish in too.

Here’s an example entry for you…

Napa Valley, California
Portland, Oregon

I really want to see more of America’s National Parks and Utah seems like a great place to start! Obviously I want to see the beaches and eat the Poke in Hawaii, and then Alaska just sounds amazing. And I basically just want to go to Napa Valley and Portland to eat and drink as much as possible.


Take a look at the trip planner and you’ll see it also gives you your personalised itinerary as a schedule too. This makes it so much easier to plan your America road trip day by day.

USA Trip Planner

Why I want to go to Utah

– Zion National Park

– Bryce Canyon National Park

– Arches National Park

Obviously I’d still want to check out Salt Lake City too, but the National Parks would be the main attraction.

What to see and do in Utah

In Utah you can also go skiing, white water rafting, explore the beaches, AND take beautiful road trip adventures around the state. There’s also some great cycling routes, interesting restaurants and museums about space too. Just look at the Planetarium and the Science Museum for your fix.

Utah Tourism say: “Perfect powder, rugged red rock, alpine lakes and more. If Utah don’t got it, you don’t need it. With 3.5 distinct geographic regions, five national parks, 45 state parks, 5 national historic sites & trails, and a dozen national monuments & recreation areas. Not every state lets you ski and golf and go to the ballet in one day. Not every state has 12,000 years of human history and fry sauce.”

Which, in very short summary, sums up why I’d like Utah to be my next America adventure!

I already knew there was loads to do in Utah, and wanted to visit, but since writing this post I think I need to make this happen.

This post is in conjunction with Visit The USA but all thoughts are my own.

What to do in Utah

Terms and conditions


• The Wanderlust Wish Contest is open to entrants aged 18 and over, who are resident in the UK (Mainland).

• Employees of the Promoter, its group companies or their family members, or anyone else connected with the Contest are not eligible to enter.

• Entrants into the Contest shall be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions.

• Participation is permitted irrespective of purchase of a product/service. No purchase necessary.

How to Enter:

• Entries must be submitted between the dates stipulated by this post (“Entry Period”).

• To successfully enter, a person (“Entrant”) must:

• Use the Visit The USA Holiday planner tool and plan a trip to their top 5 USA destinations. The Entrant must then write a few words and submit their entry as a comment on this article with the hashtag #WanderlustWish

• There is only one entry per person allowed.

• There is one prize available for the Contest in this post.

• The winner will be required to respond to the notification from the Promoter within 14 days, confirming where their prize should be sent. The winner will receive their prize within 28 days of providing such postal address (mainland UK only). The Promoter accepts no responsibility in the event that a winner does not respond to the Promoter’s notification or where a prize is not received by a winner as a result of that Entrant having provided inaccurate address details when requested.

• If the winner fails to provide verification or address information within 14 days of a request from the Promoter or should the Promoter establish that the qualifying criteria was not met, the Promoter reserves the right to award the prize to an alternative winner selected from the remaining entries, with the originally selected winner forfeiting their right to the prize.

• The Promoter reserves the right to modify, suspend or cancel the Contest without any prior notice.

Privacy and collection of personal data:

• The Entrant’s email address and personal details will be used for no other reason than to notify a participant if they are a winner.

• By entering the prize draw, Participants grant the Promoter the right to contact them regarding their entry


• The Promoter will not be liable if a winner is unable to receive their prize for any reason beyond the control of the Promoter. Prizes are not transferrable or exchangeable and no cash alternatives will be available.

• The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any loss suffered by an Entrant as a result of entering the Contest or accepting the prize. The Promoter further accepts no responsibility for any damage to an Entrant’s or any other person’s computer arising from their participation in the Contest.

• The Promoter accepts no responsibility for Entries that fail to meet the entry mechanics, are uploaded outside of the Entry Period or which do not qualify for as an entry for any reason (including where the Entrant does not include hashtag #WanderlustWish).

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  1. by Hayley on February 15, 2019  3:36 pm Reply

    Oh my GOD I love this idea - it's SO handy!! Kat and I have done two American road trips in the last few months, our first was a two week West Coast trip from LA to Vegas, Zion, Joshua Tree and Palm Springs including the Grand Canyon too and Horseshoe Bend. Then we just came back from a 9 day road trip around Florida which was ace.

    We're planning another road trip in April to Utah which would be fun - the vouchers would be so handy! :)

    Five US destinations I'd love to visit: Utah, Seattle, Hawaii, Chicago and New Orleans!

    Hayley xo

  2. by Rebecca on February 17, 2019  7:50 pm Reply

    I've seen this tool before and it's a really good idea, especially for road trips! And if you pick whole states, it will include towns that you might never have heard of/thought of visiting before!

    I'm greedy so eventually, I want to visit all 50 states ;) but if I had to pick just five places I would go to New Orleans, Jackson Alabama, Memphis and Nashville in Tennessee and Charlotte in North Carolina. I think that would make a very fun road trip!


  3. by Sophie Davis on February 18, 2019  2:16 pm Reply

    OMG I am dying to go to Utah. I've heard that its amazing there for skiing too, with some beautiful slopes and never ending valleys.

    I would love to visit:
    New York
    + Nashville!

    I really want to visit Hawaii due to how beautiful it is, from millions of years of volcanic activity. I'd love to visit Utah for the slopes, Philly for the sports and watch a Eagles game, New York as I've never been and I'd love to go, and Nashville as I love music!


  4. by Jeremy Theaker on February 18, 2019  4:10 pm Reply

    This planning tool is actually a really good idea and I am using it for my upcoming trip to Dallas.
    I have been to lots of popular American parks and cities but there are a few under the radar states plus more mainstream places I'd like to go. my list of 5 would be:

    I like the idea of going to some more remote and less well known parts of America and these 5 would I am sure be weird and wonderful.


  5. by Jenny Lowthrop on February 18, 2019  5:24 pm Reply

    Oh my I am desperate to return to the USA. Hoping to go back in may for my 15 year high school (15 YEARS!! I'm so old) High School reunion. Any trip to the USA should always include either NYC or San Francisco but there is so much of the USA I am yet to see so want to mix it up a bit.

    So with that trip in mind my current perfect trip would be

    Philadelphia (and Princeton near my school)

    I'm desperate to visit Chicago and Seattle for the food and adventures and Minneapolis seems a good midway stop... Road trip! Maybe a stop in Northern New York State too for some winter mountain vibes. aaa so much of America I still need to see!


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