• Salt Lake City is less than a one-hour drive from seven world-class ski resorts. Utah touts the “best snow on Earth,” and the mountains of Salt Lake City receive about 500 inches of snow annually.

• Visit some of the country’s most famous natural wonders, including Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Monument Valley, the Bonneville Salt Flats, Lake Powell and the Great Salt Lake.

• With terrific opportunities for hiking, cycling and rock-climbing, it’s not surprising that “Outside Magazine” named Salt Lake City a top 10 city for active families.

• Visitors and residents also enjoy  the Utah Symphony, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah Opera Company, Ballet West and Utah Festival Opera.

• Utah is home to five gorgeous national parks: Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef.

Animal lovers in Utah can flock to Hogle Zoo and Tracy Aviary, both located in Salt Lake City.

• Residents have a long time to appreciate the state’s natural beauty and lively cultural offerings — Salt Lake City was ranked first for life expectancy by

• Utah boasts world-class cultural events, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Utah Shakespearean Festival.