Places to Visit: Moab Utah

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Moab Utah

You simply can't put a finger down on a map of Moab in Utah without hitting a National Park, a historical monument, or other natural attractions. Moab holds promise for an exciting vacation like no other. Your travel around the area will take you to many historic and natural wonders. Information on all of these is easy to come by and indispensable in planning a great trip.

The red cliffs of Moab, Utah draw visitors in their thousands to simply gaze in admiration or go crazy in their attempts to capture as much as they can digitally. The desert, the Colorado River, and dramatic rock formations together provide the perfect background for hiking, biking, or less strenuous pursuits from strolling to star-gazing.

The beauty of a Moab vacation would have to be the accessibility of most hot spots from each other. The Arches and the Canyonlands Parks are located on either side of Highway 191 about 3 hours from each other. The city is just 4 miles south of the Arches and about 30 miles to the east of Canyonlands. Dead Horse Point is just a detour away on your way to Canyonlands on UT-313 or you can take UT-279 dead opposite the Arches Visitor Center to get here.

Moab is about 328 miles from Grand Canyon, AZ. A 5 hour drive northward bound from the Canyon along AZ-64, US-89, US-160, and US-191 brings you into Moab. If you're flying into Moab, the airport is just 16 miles from downtown and they have shuttle services you can take to the city. There are regular flights to and from Salt Lake City which is the nearest International Airport. Or if you prefer the Van Shuttle Service to Moab, there's the scheduled Bighorn Express and the unscheduled Roadrunner Shuttle.

If you intend to travel by public transport, here's some information that may help. Greyhound Bus Lines and Amtrak train services can only bring you up to Green River. You still have about 50 miles to reach downtown Moab and for this you need to get on the shuttle services mentioned earlier.