One of the richest dinosaur-hunting areas on the planet plus new non-stop flights from London make Utah a strong favourite for British families this summer
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Jurassic World 2 might still be two years away, but dinosaur lovers can get up close and personal with the real thing this summer at Utah’s Dinosaur National Monument.
Parents and children alike can roll up their sleeves for some Indiana Jones-style archaeology here, at the only site in the world where you can view and touch more than 1,500 dinosaur bones in their original resting place, jutting from the side of an exposed cliff face.
It’s just one of many highlights in Utah’s famed ‘Dinosaurland’, where other must-sees include the Utah Field House with its life-sized dinosaur park, and the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, where more than 12,000 dinosaur bones have been unearthed to date. At both sites visitors can get hands-on with dinosaur remains while at the former, children aged 8-12 can join the popular ‘Junior Scientist’ programme, completing experiments and labelling bones.
Further south into Utah, the brand new Moab Giants – a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art dinosaur museum – will open its doors for its first full summer in 2016, showcasing interactive exhibits and gardens full of high-tech dinosaur models.
But it’s not just dinosaurs drawing British families to Utah this summer. Later this month, Delta will become the first airline to fly non-stop from London to Salt Lake City, opening up one of America’s most ruggedly beautiful states to UK visitors as never before.
Utah is home to some of North America’s most stunning national parks, the ‘Mighty Five’: Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion – making it an adventure paradise for outdoor exploration lovers of all ages. From camping and hiking to zip lining and star-gazing, Utah’s expansive wilderness is brimming with adventure.
Those with children under 13 might consider signing them up for the National Parks’ award-winning Junior Rangers Program, while there’s plenty to keep teenagers engaged too, from white water rafting on the Colorado River and kayaking on the quirky, turquoise-hued Bear Lake (nicknamed the “Caribbean of the Rockies”) to the multiple international standard mountain biking trails crisscrossing the state.
Becky Johnson, Global Specialist at Utah Office of Tourism comments: “We’ve always been a family-friendly state and there’s so much for kids to do here, particularly visiting our many world-class dinosaur attractions. The new non-stop Delta service from London means British families will now find it easier to visit than ever before, and we look forward to welcoming adventure seekers of all ages this summer.”
Journey to Utah: America As You Like It (0208 742 8299 / www.americaasyoulikeit.com) has a 10-night Utah Family Adventure fly-drive from £4,095 for a family of four. Valid for travel during August, the price is based on two adults and two children sharing and includes return non-stop flights from London Heathrow to Salt Lake City on Delta Air Lines, fully inclusive intermediate car hire, three nights room-only accommodation at the Kimball, Salt Lake City, three nights B&B at the Best Western Dinosaur Inn, Vernal and four nights B&B at the Moab Valley Inn, Moab.
To plan a trip to Utah, visit www.visitutah.com/uk.