You and your friends have been talking for a while about taking a weekend getaway, and it’s about time you treat yourself to some much-needed friend time. Take a look at some of our favorite buddy trip ideas to take this fall in Utah!

1. Zion National Park

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Take advantage of the natural beauty found within Zion National Park. With plenty of hikes to go on and adventures to be had, this is the perfect trip location if you and your friends are looking for something new and exciting to discover. Pack up your tents and go camping or take advantage of nearby lodging for your stay, and be sure to look into some jeep tours while you’re there to see one of the best national parks in a unique way.

2. Park City

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Head north to Park City and take advantage of fantastic skiing, shopping, and dining provided in this idyllic mountain town. If you’re looking to unwind during your weekend with your friends, take advantage of one of the resort spas for some pampering. Take a short drive over to Midway and take a swim in The Crater, a natural spring of warm water that you can soak or snorkel in.

3. Las Vegas

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Located only six hours from Salt Lake City, Las Vegas is the perfect option for a fun weekend with friends. Whether you’re going to a show or concert, going on a helicopter ride over the strip, or testing your luck with the slot machines, you’re sure to find something for everyone. Check out the sharks at Mandalay Bay or a gondola ride at Madame Tussauds!

Be Prepared

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Whatever adventure you decide to embark on for your weekend with friends, make sure you’re going in completely prepared for travel and expense. Invest in an OB2 monitor to help ensure that everything is running properly in your vehicle before you hit the road, helping you keep an eye on things like tire pressure and fluid levels.

You’ll also want to make sure you are set with the funds you’ll need for your weekend. Bring along your Visa Platinum card to cover your expenses. “Take advantage of any opportunity to wisely use your credit card. Use it for things like food, gas, lodging, or any other necessity that you would use your debit card for. Pay off your credit card as soon as possible, with money you’ve already budgeted, and reap the benefits of successful financial discipline—like accruing rewards points faster and, with continued responsible use, even a higher FICO® Score,” advises Jade Beckman, vice president of consumer loans at Mountain America Credit Union.

So get with your friends and start planning your next trip! Get that road trip playlist ready and plenty of snacks to keep you going on your travels and explore a new place together. Happy travels!