― Lisa Ling

Delicate Arch, Moab, Utah

I consider myself blessed to have been born and raised in the United States and in Utah. It’s hard to say if I love the outdoors because I live in a state with 5 National Parks and ample camping & hiking opportunities in one of its unparalleled mountain ranges, or if I love this state because these luxuries have always been available to me. Regardless, living in Utah has given me an appreciation and deep sense of gratitude for nature and all the beauty found therein. Not only does it give me a way to escape and recharge my batteries, it also has been a vital element of fun for my family. Zion, Canyonlands, Arches, Capital Reef, and Grand Staircase National Parks have offered camping, hiking, and scenic drives that have accounted for priceless memories I’ll not soon forget. Bear Lake, Lake Powell, Utah Lake, Echo and Pineview, Jordanelle and Strawberry Reservoirs all have provided hours of enjoyment with friends and family. And the Uintahs, Wasatch, Oquirrh, and Stansbury Mountain Ranges are my weekend homes away from home as I backpack, hike, and camp with my family & friends under star-lit skies.

Utah has also been a gateway for me to explore and revel in many of the attractions and adventures that the north-west and south-west United States has to offer; from a vacation straight out of a National Geographic series as we roamed the untamed wilds of Yellowstone National Park, to the exhilarating rush that is white water rafting down Idaho’s Snake River, to the lights and noise of the Vegas nightlife.

And though Utah and the United States is and always will be my first home, my soul calls for adventure and new experiences – new opportunities to learn and grow. Because I believe, as Lisa Ling once said, that “the best education I have ever received was through travel.”

Here are some of the places I have visited: