5 Interesting Facts about Utah

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Settled by Mormon pioneers in 1847, Utah has one of the most unique histories of any state in the union. It’s home to some stunning natural landmarks, peculiar customs, and Western customs. It is also the only state where every county contains some part of a national forest. Fun fact, Utahans eat twice the amount of lime green Jell-O as the rest of the population. A popular way to consume the sweet treat in Utah is to add shredded carrots to the mix.

Arches National Park

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Arches National Park is known for a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. With over 2,000 natural stone arches, hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins, and giant balanced rocks, this park is a wonderland for visitors of all kinds. In the past, hikers who have discovered undocumented arches have been given the honor of getting to name them. Be sure to find a camping spot and stay for the sunset.

The First KFC

This might take you by surprise, but the first-ever KFC wasn’t actually in Kentucky but in Utah. This iconic fried chick recipe was first served at the Harman Cafe, which was owned by Colonel Sander’s friend Leon W. “Pete” Harman. Customers were lining down the street waiting to get a taste of Colonel Sanders’s chicken, which inspired him to license his own chicken recipe to restaurants across the country.

The Greatest Snow on Earth

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The moment you cross into the great state of Utah, you’ll notice something different about the license plates… they boast that Utah has “The Greatest Snow on Earth”. This is because the snow found in Utah is lighter and drier than what’s found in other states. This leads to some great powder skiing that draws in visitors from around the world. Popular ski resorts include Alta and Park City.