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Family Travel in Utah: the 50 state series

Utah's Bryce Canyon in winter (courtesy limaoscarjuliet on Flickr CC)Every Tuesday until we run out of states, I plan to post about family-friendly vacation ideas, attractions and events in each one of the US states, taking input mostly from Twitter and Facebook.

Yes, I know how to search for travel ideas on a destination or attraction Web site, but a tweet or a Facebook Wall recommendation is a much more engaging and public way to spread the word.

Please don’t email suggestions to me;  that’s nice but it is one-to-one communication. Tweet me and/or Facebook me, so that all of our networks can see what’s cool about your state.

We’re going in alphabetical order but started with the end, so our first state for the series was Wyoming, then we investigated Wisconsin , West Virginia , Washington, Virginia, Vermont and now we’re moving on to….Utah!

I could not find their state tourism organization on Twitter. I did find@UtahStateParks, the St. George/Zion National Parks (@UtahTraveler) and @MeetInSaltLake (the Salt Lake City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau) and would also like to mention @PCSki which represents the Park City Mountain Resort. Although @PCSki is a commercial Twitter account,  I met one if its tweeters (@krista_parry) this year and was impressed with her passion for Park City and winter sports.

Utah state tourism is not on Facebook (that I could find.)

When I asked for ideas, here’s what came in….

Twitter Travel Tips for Utah

***  From Kara Williams via @karasw on Twitter – Moab & Arches Nat’l Park for kids! Sorrel River Ranch Resort – just outside town – is $$$, but fab, w/ two-level family suites.

***  From Deb Ng via @DebNg on Twitter – The Ngs love visiting Bryce and Zion canyons!

***  From Shawn Freeman via @ShawnThinks on Twitter – Born and raised in UT. Enjoy! Great weather right now.

***  From Shannon Hurst Lane via @Cajun_Mama on Twitter – Moab for sure. https://redcliffslodge.com – affordable, plus John Wayne used to own it. Winery and movie museum.

I didn’t get any Utah feedback on my Facebook Wall.

On the BootsnAll Travel Network, here are the stories tagged with Utah.

Thanks so much for the contributions – the next state in the series is my current home state of Texas.

Send your Texas highlights to @SheilaS on Twitter or my Facebook Wall (tell me you’re a 50 state-er if you want to friend me.)

My purpose for this series is not only to highlight worthy kid-friendly vacation destinations in all 50 states, but by using Twitter and Facebook I want to also encourage tourism organizations to learn more about connecting with their visitors using social media and online networks.

Please add your own Utah suggestions in the comments below, if we’ve missed anything. Thanks!