ST. GEORGE – A top travel company announced its Top 25 world travel destinations for 2016 Tuesday and Utah claimed the No. 1 spot.
“We are fortunate to have many world-class tourism destinations in our own backyard,” Gov. Gary Herbert’s Office said of the honor in a media statement Tuesday afternoon.
Fodor’s Travel released its Fodor’s Go List, highlighting 25 can’t-miss destinations around the world, as picked by the company’s “globe-trotting experts,” who named Utah the No. 1 place in the world to visit in 2016.
Utah defies expectations and promises exceptional scenery, unforgettable adventures and something for everyone — hikers, skiers, solo travelers and families — according to Fodor’s
on its website .
Home to both desert and mountains, Utah is also the place to get outdoors in 2016. With the historic creation of Park City, the largest single ski and snowboard resort in the country (there’s more than 7,300 skiable acres and 300 trails to choose from), there’s no better time to experience Utah’s legendary powder. Not a skier? No problem. Hiking the red-rock canyons of southern Utah’s “Mighty Five” national parks — Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands — may change your life, and there are special celebrations planned throughout 2016 for the National Park Service’s centennial. Of course, Utah’s adventures don’t end at the national park borders: Scenic drives, dinosaur fossils, mountain biking on slickrock trails, and white-water rafting are all part of the fun.
The site even offered an Insider Tip: “For the truly unique experience of red rock canyon views while skiing, head to Brian Head resort in Southern Utah.”
The list spans six continents and 20 countries, including Haiti, Nepal, Lithuania and Bavaria, among other top spots.
“It has been a big year for the state with record numbers visiting our Mighty Five national parks and the opening of the largest ski resort in the nation, Park City,” said Vicki Varela, of the Utah Office of Tourism, “and 2016 is looking to be even bigger.”
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