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5 best road trips to take as the weather warms up

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As Utah and its surrounding states shake off the remnants of winter, there are several road trips worth taking. Whether it's for the end destination or just the ride, there's no better time than now to get out on the road. Here are the top five road trips worth taking within and around Utah.

1. Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone doesn't warm up as quickly as it does in Utah, with average highs in the low 50s in May. But needing to wear a jacket is worth experiencing the beauty of the park. The area is teeming with wildlife that you can enjoy at a distance or up close. You'll also get to experience the park's vast selection of geysers, fumaroles, hot springs and mud pots.

2. Alpine Loop

Beginning with American Fork Canyon, the Alpine Loop winds through Uinta National Forest via Utah Highway 92. You'll then head down Provo Canyon on US-189. On the way up the canyon, you can stop at Timpanogos Cave and hike in. After taking in the scenery in Uinta National Forest, you can stop at Sundance Resort and hike around, attend a concert or take a ride on the zip line. You can then finish the trip off with a river raft trip down the Provo River.

3. Sedona, Arizona

If you love the red rocks of Southern Utah, but want something different, head down to Sedona. Located near Flagstaff, Sedona has all the red rock hiking you can handle. You can also visit one of the two state parks in the area, Slide Rock State Park and Red Rock State Park. Both offer experiences you may not get elsewhere.

At the end of the day, you can relax at one of Sedona's many spas, some of which rank among the top spas in the country.

4. Logan Canyon Scenic Byway

While many Utahns head south in the spring toward warmer weather, you may want to head north this time. This trip starts in Logan where US-89 and US-91 converge. As you travel along the Logan River, you'll see several minor lakes that used to be part of the great Lake Bonneville, a prehistoric lake the size of Lake Michigan.

As you continue along the scenic route, you'll have the chance to stop at several places. One hike ends at a 1,500-year-old juniper tree, and another the grave of Old Ephraim, the last grizzly bear in Utah. You'll then head up to the canyon's summit where you'll have a picturesque view of Bear Lake and its unique turquoise-blue waters.

5. Moab

If you enjoy the outdoors, Moab has just about everything you want in a road trip. Whether you enjoy hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, or climbing, Moab has it all. The town is also a gateway to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, where you can get out in nature.

If you enjoy off-roading, you can take your four-wheeler or Jeep out to explore the Moab Rim Trail. And if you don't own a four-wheeler or a Jeep, don't worry. You can rent one.

With as many beautiful areas in Utah and its surrounding states have, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy nature and activities you won't get in the city.

As you embark on your next road trip, be sure to avoid texting and driving. Take a pledge to stop the dangerous practice and encourage others to do as well.