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Tribune Choice Awards: Destinations
First Published Jun 28 2013 10:21 am • Last Updated Jun 28 2013 12:16 pm

You voted, and the results are in.

Allow us to introduce winners of The Salt Lake Tribune Choice Awards — your picks for the best Utah has to offer as far as destinations go. Tribune editors weighed in as well, with their own selections in each category.

At a glance

Utah at its best

You voted, and the results are in.

Allow us to introduce winners of The Salt Lake Tribune Choice Awards — your picks for the best Utah has to offer in dining, nightlife, arts and culture, recreation and destinations. Tribune editors weighed in as well, with their own selections in each category.

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Tourist spots

People’s Choice

Winner

Downtown Salt Lake City » Though exact numbers of visitors are not revealed, there is little doubt that Temple Square in the heart of Salt Lake City is Utah’s top tourist draw. No matter what your religion is, visiting Utah’s capital city without seeing Temple Square would be like going to Rome and not seeing the Vatican. But there’s also the sparkling new City Creek Shopping Center along with museums such as Discovery Gateway, Clark Planetarium, Pioneer Memorial Theatre, Museum of Church History and Art and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. Add to that arts, sports and concert venues such as Abravanel Hall, the Capitol Theatre, the Gallivan Center and EnergySolutions Arena and the summer farmers market, and downtown can be a lively place to visit.

First runner-up


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Zion National Park »Towering cliffs, waterfalls, hiking trails, a campground and the interesting gateway community of Springdale make this a Utah favorite.

Second runner-up

Foothill Cultural District (includes Hogle Zoo, This Is the Place Heritage Park, Red Butte Garden, Fort Douglas Museum, Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Utah Museum of Natural History) » (See Editors’ Choice.)

Editors’ Choice

Winner

Moab » Few places in the world offer the variety of outdoor experiences that can be discovered in Moab. Mountain bike the Slickrock Trail or surrounding areas. Explore some of the world’s wildest trails in a four-wheel-drive vehicle or an ATV. Take a whitewater raft trip on the Colorado River. Visit Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Dead Horse Point State Park, where miles of hiking trails are available. Climbers from all over the world test themselves on the red cliffs surrounding the town. A scenic 18-hole course entices golfers. The nearby LaSal Mountains even offer alpine scenery and a mountain fishing lake or two. Add to that music, art, film, square-dance and mountain-bike festivals, rodeos, the Jeep Safari and Jamboree, car shows, a popular half-marathon and rodeos. Finally, the town itself is interesting. Visitors can enjoy breweries, wineries, some interesting restaurants and a variety of art, book and T-shirt shops.

First runner-up

Foothill Cultural District, Salt Lake City (includes Hogle Zoo, This Is the Place Heritage Park, Red Butte Garden, Fort Douglas Museum, Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Utah Museum of Natural History) » This is the best place to learn about Utah’s human, artistic and natural history by visiting attractions in the same area.

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