Each year, the editors and writers at Salt Lake magazine scour the state for the best of, well, everything. We eat the food, shop at the shops, drink the beer, go to the shows, to guide you to the Best of the Beehive. It’s hard work, we know. You’re welcome. Check back each week for another dose of the Best of the Beehive. Or just buy the magazine already to get it over with.—Eds.
Best Steak with a View: Cliffside Restaurant
Elegance, decadence and a most beautiful view—this St. George favorite has it all. Grab a spot on the patio and watch the sun set as you dine on contemporary American favorites like grilled filet mignon or macadamia-crusted cod. 511 S. Tech Ridge Dr, St. George, 435- 319-6005, clifsideresaurant.com
Best Selfie: Goblin Valley
For a truly out-of-this world Instagram, head to the strange and colorful Goblin Valley State Park. The sci-fi landscape, covered in unique sandstone formations, is often compared to Mars and starred as an extra-terrestrial world in the spoof movie, Galaxy Quest. Goblin Valley Rd, Green River, stateparks.utah.gov/parks/goblin-valley/
Best OG Art Gallery: Nine Mile Canyon
Venture into Castle Country for the world’s longest art gallery, a 40-mile stretch of pictographs and petroglyphs created years ago by Fremonts and Utes. Some of these images have been around for more than 1,200 years. 9 Mile Canyon.
Best Dizzying Drive: Burr Trail Swithcbacks
It’s not for the faint of heart, but boy, is it a beaut. This epic backroad route, south of Torrey, is one of the most picturesque drives in Utah, featuring views of the Henry Mountains, Waterpocket Fold, Red Circle Cliffs and Long Canyon. Burr Trail Switchbacks.
Best Place to Find a Best Friend: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Headquarters
Looking for a family pet? Don’t shop—adopt! Tucked away in a canyon just outside of Kanab is the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary, home to 1,600 cats, dogs, pigs, horses, parrots and bunnies—all looking for a home. 5001 Angel Canyon Rd, Kanab, 435-644-2001, bestfriends.org
Best Place For Fore-Play: The Ledges Golf Course
This lush green fairway in St. George is a striking contrast to the surrounding desert scenery of Snow Canyon, making this golf experience truly one-of-a-kind. 1585 W. Ledges Parkway, St. George, 435-634-4640, ledges.com.
Best Place to Vacay Like a Kardashian: Amangiri Resort
Reality star Kim Kardashian West celebrated her 37th birthday not in Hollywood, but Canyon Point, Utah. The ultra-exclusive Amangiri Resort, which boasts 360-degree canyon views and Navajo-inspired spa treatments, was the setting for what Kardashian dubbed her “most relaxing birthday trip.” 1 Kayenta Rd, Canyon Point, 435-675-3999, amangiri.com.
Best Dinosaur Discovery: Moabosaurus Utahnensis
She’s 125 million years old, but doesn’t look a day over 100 million. The new dinosaur species, discovered by BYU paleontology professors just outside of Arches National Park, was name last year for the city and state of its discovery. To visit the 32-foot long skeleton, head to Provo, where it’s proudly on display at the BYU Museum of Paleontology. 1683 N Canyon Rd, Provo, 801-422-3680, geology.byu.edu/museum/.
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