I've got about four (maybe five if I stretch it) days to travel a bit next week with my family. It's their spring break from school, and I'm going to take a couple days off work to stretch a weekend.
We've been planning on going somewhere fun (and somewhere I can make some photos), but we haven't been able to make up our minds (it's mostly me who can't make up my mind--husband says he's happy to go wherever I choose).
We don't really want to go more than four or five hours away because we'd rather spend time playing than driving. We live on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, Utah, which puts us in range of many beautiful and interesting places.
Possibilities include heading south to one or more of the amazing national parks in Southern Utah (Capitol Reef, Arches, Zion, Bryce). Maybe even further south and hitting Escalante National Monument and its environs. Or we could head north to Idaho to see family--with southeast Idaho as our base, we would include day trip to Bannack, Montana, a really cool, old ghost town and maybe Grand Teton National Park on another day. Or we could head west to Great Basin National Park in Nevada. Or maybe no national parks--just enjoying state parks (Utah has several of those), small towns, or something else interesting.
If you had just landed at Salt Lake City International Airport with four or five days to explore, and you could go anywhere within a four- or five-hour drive, where would YOU go?