13 of the Best (and Most Offbeat) Attractions in Utah!

There’s no question that Utah attracts international attention for its diverse geography and associated recreational activities. And if you’re looking for something a little unusual to explore in Utah, you’re in luck as well. Utah is no stranger to the bizarre. Check out these 13 unusual attractions in the state. 

The Spiral Jetty, Corinne, UT

Situated on the northeastern shore of the Great Salt Lake, the Spiral Jetty (1970) is the creation of well-known American sculptor Robert Smithson. Created mostly with basalt rock, the piece is known as an “earthwork” and lies in the shape of an otherworldly counterclockwise coil. 

Trilobite Quarry, Delta, UT

The uncovering of prehistoric life is alive and well in Utah, and especially so at the famed Trilobite Quarry in Delta where with pretty much any scrappy tools, you can uncover your very own trilobite fossils to keep. 

Pando, The Trembling Giant, Richfield, UT

One of the largest and oldest living organisms, Pando—the giant connecting population of quaking aspen trees—is an especially stunning sight in late September

The Bonneville Salt Flats, Wendover, UT

Home to car races as well as engagement photoshoots, the Bonneville Salt Flats are actually the stunningly bizarre residue of Lake Bonneville: A large body of water that practically covered all of Utah until about 13,000 years ago. 

The “Up” House, Herriman, UT

If you’re a Pixar junkie, you simply cannot miss the “Up” House in Herriman. Not too far from Salt Lake City, this house is modeled after the house in Pixar’s “Up” and in recent years, has become a surprisingly popular tourist destination. 

Hell’s Backbone, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

There’s nothing quite like driving on a road with a precipitous and potentially fatal cliff on either side, right? If you’re into thrills, take a gander down this frightening thoroughfare. 

Sun Tunnels, Lucin, Utah

Stone Henge may be on the other side of the Atlantic, but artist Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels plays with similar ideas and is located near the Great Salt Lake. The piece (constructed in the late 1970s) features four large concrete tunnels positioned in the shape of an X. On each of the solstices, the tunnels form a perfect frame for the sun and provide an awesome experience for nature wonderers young and old. 

Escalante Petrified Forest, Escalante State Park, Utah

Petrified wood certainly is not an everyday substance, but in Utah’s Escalante State Park, this colorful wonder is around nearly every corner. So what is it exactly? Ancient trees that have, over time, quite literally turned into colorful stone due to a natural process known as permineralization. 

Hole n’ the Rock, Moab, UT

If you’ve ever wanted to live inside a rock, the “Hole n’ the Rock” in Moab, Utah, can serve as your inspiration. Albert Christensen began constructing his rock home in the 1940s, which involved a whole lot of digging and blasting. Now that Christensen and his wife have passed away, the home is a major roadside attraction. 

This is the Place Monument, Salt Lake City, UT

Legend has it that when Mormon leader Brigham Young arrived in Utah with a band of faithful pioneers, he stood at a point on what is now the east side of Salt Lake City and declared the area suitable for settling. To commemorate this legendary moment, a monument was completed in 1947 to mark the 100th anniversary of the pioneers’ arrival. 

Temple Square, Salt Lake City, UT

Especially enchanting around Christmas time, Temple Square in Salt Lake City is nevertheless a worthy attraction any time of year. The Latter-Day Saint (or Mormon) Salt Lake City temple (a building where sacred religious ordinances such as marriages are performed) feels like it’s straight out of a fairytale. An adjoining LDS Church History Museum gives context to those unfamiliar with Mormonism. 

Victim of the Beast Gravestone, Salt Lake City, UT

Apparently, a Salt Lake City woman fell victim to an unidentified “beast.” This intriguing headstone is definitely a cult favorite when it comes to weird Utah tourist attractions. 

Gilgal Sculpture Garden, Salt Lake City, UT

If you want to see some funky sculpture, look no further than Gilgal Sculpture Garden in Salt Lake City. Hidden in an unlikely corner of the city between houses and businesses, this sculpture garden is definitely a bit wacky. 

Share your favorites!
Utah Search
Best Things To Do Near You
Best Things To Do Near You
Sep
28
Sep
28

Lucky Stiff

7:30 PM
Jewel Box at Hale Centre Theatre Sandy, Sandy, UT
Learn More
Sep
28

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

7:30 PM
Young Living Centre Stage at Hale Centre Sandy, Sandy, UT
Learn More
Sep
29
Sep
29

Lucky Stiff

7:30 PM
Jewel Box at Hale Centre Theatre Sandy, Sandy, UT
Learn More
Sep
29

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

7:30 PM
Young Living Centre Stage at Hale Centre Sandy, Sandy, UT
Learn More
Sep
29

Castle of Chaos Haunted House Attractions

7:30 PM
Castle of Chaos Haunted House, Midvale, UT
Learn More
Sep
30
Sep
30

Castle of Chaos Haunted House Attractions

7:00 PM
Castle of Chaos Haunted House, Midvale, UT
Learn More
Sep
30

Lucky Stiff

7:30 PM
Jewel Box at Hale Centre Theatre Sandy, Sandy, UT
Learn More
Show More
Best Places To Go Near You
Best Places To Go Near You
10 North 600 East, Payson, UT
Mission Statement: The mission of People Preserving Peteetneet (PPP); a non-profit, tax exempt, museum and cultural arts center; is to preserve our... Read More
101 North Main Street, Nephi, UT
475 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, UT
The first day of the Utah County Fair has been designated as Senior Citizen and Veteran's Day.  Please come and  help us recognize this w... Read More
491 South 600 East, Spanish Fork, UT
Concrete Skate Park and open fields.  Skate Park Rules SKATE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Spanish Fork City Corporation is not responsible for injuri... Read More
Take the Currant Creek exit North from Hwy 40 and drive for 14 mi, Provo, UT
About :Currant Creek Dam and Reservoir, on Currant Creek, are features of the Central Utah Project, Bonneville Unit. Recreation management at Curra... Read More
126 East 400 South, Springville, UT
Mission Statement: The purpose of the Springville Museum of Art is to provide quality life-affirming art, cultural and educational opportunities t... Read More
302 East 1860 South, Provo, UT
About:Lost Creek Dam and Reservoir, Weber Basin Project, are on Lost Creek, 12 miles upstream from its confluence with Weber River in an open setti... Read More
302 East 1860 South, Provo, UT
About :Newton Reservoir is formed by Newton Dam, Newton Project, on Clarkston Creek. on Clarkston Creek. Recreation at Newton Reservoir is directly... Read More
200 North Geneva Rd. (2050 W), Provo, UT
The Fort Utah Park is a fun place to practice your skate moves and enjoy a wonderful workout at the same time. If you aren't playing ball at the ba... Read More
1330 East 300 North, Provo, UT
With Seven Peaks, the Fun Never Ends! We strive to create wholesome fun for all ages all year long! Seven Peaks is the proud owner of 5 fun locatio... Read More
8841 North Alpine Loop Road, Sundance, UT
About :our community should represent who we are and what we believe. Sundance is an arts community, a recreational community, a community of peopl... Read More
C-358 the Harris Fine Arts Center, Provo, UT
BYU Arts is the umbrella producing and presenting organization for the Brigham Young University College of Fine Arts and Communications. The Divisi... Read More
Show More
Select a Utah town to find
the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you
Daggett County
Morgan County