Over the last few years, Ammon Cunningham has developed a great readership and a strong reputation as a blogger and an avid traveler. He simply wants nothing more in life than to travel to the greatest places on the planet and then turn around and tell hundreds or thousands of readers exactly what he did and how he did it. One of his favorite places to visit, of course, is his home state of Utah, which is far more than just home, as far as he is concerned. Ammon Cunningham feels that Utah has many of the greatest travel destinations in country and the world. And few are more interesting than the one that just happens to sit outside Utah’s largest city and state capital; the Great Salt Lake.
As far as Ammon Cunningham is concerned, The Great Salt Lake is easily one of the most incredible natural sights and greatest tourist attractions in the world. The Great Salt Lake is the largest and deepest inland lake west of the Mississippi, with dimensions of the lake are certainly impressive; it’s 72 miles long and 34 miles wide, with a depth in many areas running to more than 50 feet. Yet, as cool as its current status is, it’s the history that may be even more amazing. As impressive as the Great Salt Lake is, the current lake is little more than a remnant of the far larger Lake Bonneville.
Lake Bonneville was actually significantly larger before the water table fell, the evaporation causing it to shrink in size to its current level. That evaporation also left behind the Great Salt Lake Desert, including the Bonneville Salt Flats. Over the years, the Great Salt Lake has lost some of its salinity, but it is still salty enough to allow bathers to float without sinking. There are beaches on the south end of the park and there are is also a recreation park. There is simply so much worth seeing in and around the Great Salt Lake, according to Ammon Cunningham.
He not only lose to travel as much as possible, but Ammon Cunningham also likes to write about the places he sees. In particular, he is keen to let every traveler in the world know that his home state of Utah is not an amazing place to live, but it is also chock full of amazing travel destinations. There are so many sights to see, the state is known for it’s beauty. For example, one travel destination he loves to visit and write about is the infamous Dinosaur National Monument.
Now, don’t get too excited. Since this isn’t a movie, you shouldn’t go to Dinosaur National Monument expecting to see actual dinosaurs running around. There also aren’t the facsimiles you see in many natural history museums. What all travelers fo find, however, are magnificent vistas, including beautiful rock formations and a great many mountain and river views that are among the most spectacular in the world.
Among Cunningham lets everyone know that Dinosaur National Monument isn’t exactly dinosaur-free, either. What tourists will find is a lot of fossils of all sorts of creatures that no longer exist. The fossils are sure to transport you back to a time before humans and tourists even existed. Many of these fossils are embedded in the cliff wall of Carnegie Quarry, which is why Quarry Hall was built on a fossil-rich section of the rock. This allows visitors to see all of them comfortably and at close range and to do so without disturbing them.
In addition to historic fossils and great views, Ammon Cunningham also wants everyone to realize that Dinosaur National Monument also has activities, like hiking, kayaking, river rafting, and camping of all types. All of that combines to make Dinosaur National Monument a full-service destination for anyone looking for natural beauty and to have some fun.
While prolific blogger and lover of travel Ammon Cunningham calls Utah as his home, he thinks about the state as a lot more than that. That is one reason he adamantly writes about the state in terms that others will better understand. You see, he wants travelers from all over the world know that his home state has some of the greatest tourist destinations in the United States and the world. And one that he loves to tell his fellow travelers about is Monument Valley.
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is a major part of the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation actually encompasses 27,000 square miles and covers parts of three states, but most of Monument Valley is a part of Utah. Most travelers will recognize many of its beautiful natural features because they have been featured in a great many films and TV shows over the last century. In particular, Ammon Cunningham wants visitors to check out the Valley Drive, which is a 17-mile dirt road that winds through the most scenic areas of the park. Visiting other parts of the park is doable, but tourists should realize that Monument Valley sits in the middle of a desert, so they should use a guide. That’s not difficult, really, since arrangements for such a guide can be made at the Monument Valley Visitor Center, conveniently located near the park entrance and everyone should check out the visitors center, anyway, for its magnificent vistas. There are many photo opportunities available there.
Prolific travel blogger Ammon Cunningham has a very clear goal. He wants tourists all over the world to know that his home state of Utah is a magnificent travel destination. The state features some of the greatest travel destinations in the United States and the world, including one of his favorites, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The park is located on the massive Navajo Indian Reservation, which covers a massive 27,000 square miles and take up large portions of three states. However, most of Monument Valley is in Utah.
Many people will find Monument Valley to be incredibly familiar, in part because its distinct natural features have been featured in many movies, TV shows and even commercials over the last century. The spectacular red mesas, buttes, and the surrounding desert have been seen everywhere in the world, which will make them seem familiar. However, Ammon Cunningham wants everyone to know that you haven’t seen anything until you’ve been there in person. He is especially taken by Valley Drive, which is a long, 17-mile dirt road that winds through the most scenic areas of the park. He also feels that the Valley Visitor Center, located near the entrance to the park, is important to experience, as well.
Avid traveler Ammon Cunningham shares his journeys in Utah and beyond with others through blogging — and brings another exciting destination to readers today, the Beehive House. Sitting among the Brigham Young Complex in Salt Lake City, the Beehive House is a former, official residence — one of several — to Brigham Young, an early leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a result, this home has become a place where individuals visit to feel closer to the LDS Church and this respected former resident.
The home doesn’t retrieve its name, however, from Young or his faith. Rather, the Beehive House was named for the adornment at its top — a sculpture of a beehive that sits on top of the house. Constructed in 1854, the large house was built for Young’s large family. As a polygamist, Young needed a residence that would accommodate everyone. However, only Young’s senior wife briefly shared the Beehive House with him. Another wife later occupied and hosted at the residence with her nine children.
This large home would eventually be occupied by other Young family members until it was sold at auction in 1893 due to mounting debts. The LDS Church later purchased the Beehive House, notes Cunningham, and it was used as additional residences for church presidents until 1920 when it became a boarding home for single women under the LDS Church’s Young Women Mutual Improvement Association. Later restored and preserved, today, it is now a historic house museum honoring and recognizing Young and his family’s 19th century life.
As an avid traveler and blogger, Ammon Cunningham knows the value of various destinations. He thoroughly enjoys writing about different travel spots in Utah and beyond. Today, he shares the value of Cedar City, Utah — a smaller city in the state, but holding some interesting information.
Just north of Las Vegas on Interstate 15 — about 180 miles north — and located almost 250 miles south of Salt Lake City, Cedar City sits on the northeastern edge of the Mojave Desert in Utah’s southeast. The city is known for several events throughout the year, including the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Neil Simon Theatre Festival, the Utah Summer Games and more — all of which attract tourists from across the state and beyond.
However, its Cedar City’s history that is rich and worth a visit to this region. Within the Parowan Gap to the city’s north as well as other select sites, rock art was discovered that date prehistoric people in Cedar City back as far as A.D. 1000 and 1300. The city’s history contains a significant gap following that point until nearly 1776 when Indians ancestors met for an expedition in the region. This rock art discovery is significant to early settling of people in the Utah area and the state’s history as a whole.