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Thinking of Visiting Utah
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- Historic Utah - A guide to the many historic Utah sites
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Thinking of visiting Utah? You may be surprised by the numerous and varied things available to see and do. You may know that the state contains spectacular National Parks and world class skiing, but did you know that Utah also has magnificent Mormon temples, Mountain biking and off-roading, and don't forget golf? But that's not all. Four-star restaurants, Broadway-caliber theater, fine art museums, world-renowned film and music festivals and more are scattered throughout the state.
To assist you in planning your trip to Utah we've highlighted a few of the absolutely must see sites. And these are just a few of the things that you should see and do in Utah.
Logan: Travel along US Highway 89 through almost vertical limestone canyon walls from the town of Logan to Bear Lake. The canyon slices through the peaks of the Wasatch Mountains following the Logan River. Activities include rock climbing, fishing, bird watching, camping, hiking, boating and more at Bear Lake.
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Great Salt Lake: Located west of I-15, the remnant of the ancient Lake Bonneville is impressive whether you stand on the shore, ride or hike the trails high above the ancient shoreline, or take to the water via kayak or dinner cruise boat. Because the lake is located in several wide flat basins, even a slight increase or decrease in volume makes the shoreline fluctuate considerably. In the last 150 years the depth has varied some 20 feet, with the shoreline shifted as much as 15 miles in places. The lake is six or seven times saltier than the ocean, so if you are a person who has never been able to float you will be shocked at how buoyant you become in the lake.
Salt Lake City: This beautiful capitol city lies along both sides of I-15 and is surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains. Visit competition venues used during the 2002 Winter Olympics or take in a NBA game with the Utah Jazz, a baseball game with the Salt Lake Bees, attend a hockey game with the Utah Grizzlies or enjoy a soccer match with the Real Salt Lake Major League Soccer Team.
Tour the capitol building or explore the magnificent Temple Square, home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (commonly known as the LDS or Mormon Church). The Square, which occupies an entire city block, is located in the center of the city and attracts about 5 million visitors each year. Within the square, you will find the massive Mormon Temple and several other buildings that celebrate the history of the Mormon settlers.
Salt Lake City also has wonderful shopping areas. The Gateway Mall located in the heart of the downtown features more than 95 shops and restaurants offering high-quality clothing and the finest cuisine in the Southwest.
Salt Lake City is also a great base from which a visitor may visit all other areas of the state, and is central to 11 major winter resorts.
Park City: This classic alpine town features some of the state's best ski resorts and is a favorite spot for hiking, backpacking, camping and fishing during the summer months. The city, located off I-80 East of Salt Lake City, hosted numerous of the 2002 Winter Olympic competitions, and is known as home to Robert Redford's annual Sundance Film Festival. Each January the festival, which is the premiere showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers, attracts movie stars, producers, directors and avid cinema fans.
An array of unique shops, antique stores, restaurants and theaters call Park City home. Stroll down historic Ma in Street to catch a glimpse of the way things were when silver miners established the town at the turn of the century. Also visit the Utah Olympic Park for tours of the facilities where world class events as well as training still take place. The ski museum and 2002 Olympic museum are not toe missed.
Park City is also a great place to golf. And there's never a shortage of entertainment -- the Park City International Music Festival, a film series, art galleries, music and dance venues, restaurants, bars and other venues keep residents and visitors busy long after the sun has set.
While in the area, called the Wasatch Back, visit the pastoral Heber Valley and the quaint town of Midway, with its Swiss architecture and heritage. Site of 2002 cross country venues, Soldier Hollow continues as a training facility, but is also open to visitors for cross country skiing as well as hiking and biking. Nearby Deer Creek reservoir provides access for boating, fishing, and sailing. The annual Swiss Days and Cowboy Poetry gathering are well with a visit.
Member B & B's in the Park City area, also known as the Wasatch Back.
Sundance: South of Midway along highway 189 you will find one of the most famous ski resorts in the West. Turn west onto Utah 92 and head to Sundance Village -- Robert Redford has combined the best facilities for art, film and literary development and a beautiful resort centered on providing relaxed luxury in a recreational wonderland.
Timpanogos Cave National Monument: This unique cave system is located more than 1,000 feet above the floor of the American Fork Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains. Three unique caverns decorated with unique colors and formations can be explored. The caves cover an area less than one square mile and can be reached by a strenuous 1.5-mile trail up rocky slopes. Cave tour tickets are required for entry and should be purchased in advance. For more information visit the Web site www.nps.gov/tica/. The monument is located along highway 92 near Sundance Resort.
Provo: Stop at Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon, located just north of the city of Provo on highway 189. The double cataract waterfall drops about 600 feet providing an inspiring view from the canyon below. Provo is also home to Brigham Young University, one of the largest privately owned universities in the United States. Art buffs should plan to make a stop at Springville Museum of Art in Springville just south of Provo. The museum has received national recognition and is Utah's oldest and most beautiful museum for the visual fine arts. The museum contains more than 1,500 works of art by Utah and American artists on the second floor alone.
St. George: People of all ages will find the displays at St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm educational and interesting. The farm contains some of the oldest and best-preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. More than 1,000 tracks have been uncovered in a 10-acre area since tracks were first discovered in February 2000. To get to the farm, take Exit 10 from I-15 onto 3050 East and follow it south until it swings southwest and becomes Riverside Drive. Continue driving until you see a sign marking the site.
St. George contains great outdoor recreation alongside historical sites and luxurious spas, resorts and bed and breakfasts. And if golf is your preferred activity, one of St. George's several dozen courses should fill the bill.
In Cedar City, tour the historic downtown shopping district which features unique "mom and pop" establishments perfect for finding a special gift for others or yourself. Art galleries, coffee houses, restaurants, an old time soda fountain and numerous other shops line the quaint shopping area. The Tony Award-Winning Utah Shakespearean Festival in the summer and fall and the allure of skiing in the winter months at Brian Head Ski Resort allow visitors to enjoy the best of what Southern Utah has to offer.
National Parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches national parks call Southern Utah home. In addition, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Glen Canyon Recreational Area, Natural Bridges National Monument and access to Monument Valley call the region home.
Each park features some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Southwest and is distinctly different.
Moab: This town is known as "the adventure capitol of Utah." Moab is home to one of the most challenging mountain bike trails in the world and is also known as the "off-road vehicle capitol of the world." Numerous Ancient Rock Art sites are also accessible in and near Moab.
Moab, the gateway to Arches National Park, is known for great hiking, rock climbing, rafting, kayaking and canoeing opportunities for people of all skill levels. The town is located on Utah 191 on the banks of the Colorado River in a green valley that stands out against the red and tan landscape of the desert. Great outdoor outfitters and guides, diverse cuisine and unique lodging accommodations from camping to four-star B & Bs are abundant in Moab.