Provo & Utah Valley
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5 Black-Owned Restaurants to Support in Utah
Local favorites such as 11Hauz, Joe’s Cafe and Sauce Boss deliver multicultural flavors while also community gathering spots.
A Journey Through Utah’s Contemporary Artscapes
Consider visual art attractions as you’re planning your Beehive State travel itinerary.
A Sweet-Tooth’s Guide to Downtown Provo
We’ve set out on a walk in search of Provo's best treats. We were not disappointed.
Cultural Cuisines Find New Homes in Provo
Families share their heritage and culture in charming downtown Provo where restaurants showcase food from around the globe.
Discover the Breweries of the Wasatch Front
Over the past two decades, Salt Lake’s breweries have grown into a culture all their own. Here’s what you need to start planning a pub crawl with this collection of Salt Lake’s most popular breweries.
Hike + Dine: Provo
Here are a few of Provo, Utah's best hiking trails and eateries to check out during your next visit.
Putting Provo on the Music Map
Provo boasts a rich music scene, noted for launching bands to national attention. Part of the secret sauce is the fan following nurtured by Corey Fox’s Velour Live Music Gallery, in collaboration with the rest of the Provo music scene.
The Myth of Provo-bition: Where to Drink in Utah County
No, Utah County isn’t ‘stone-cold sober.’ We’ve got proof.
Where to See Women's Art in Utah
There’s no shortage of art galleries in Salt Lake City and across Utah's Wasatch Front. Beyond the major metropolitan areas, there are also small artist communities across the state where artists seeking a slower pace have flocked for decades. Here are a few recommendations for where you can experience art in Utah.
Where to taste, tour and take home Utah's world-renowned chocolate
The Utah chocolate world is expanding deliciously. Visit some of the world's premier chocolate stores and producers for true moments of chocolate bliss.
Best of Utah Valley
Brigham Young University
The Brigham Young Academy was founded in Provo in 1875. This school grew into what is now Brigham Young University (BYU), whose student body today swells the town's population by about 30,000 each school year. Enjoy free admission to BYU's museums of art, life science, paleontology and more. Visit the BYU Creamery, hit a lecture series or head for the hills and hike Y Mountain to the largest collegiate symbol in America.
Though there is plenty of parking in downtown Provo, events like the Art Stroll, Provo Farmers Market and Taste of the Valley are all within walking distance of one another. Venues like the Covey Center for the Arts and Velour Live Music Gallery, as well as several of the area’s best restaurants, are also just a short stroll away.
Evermore Park hosts a variety of fantasy experiences throughout the year. It's located in Utah Valley's Pleasant Grove, which is about 20 minutes North of Downtown Provo. Each season at Evermore Park brings new adventures, fit for all ages. Depending on the time of year, visitors can enjoy a Mythological Fair in the summer (MYTHOS), a Haunted Festival & Adventure in the fall (LORE) and a Magical Christmas/Winter spectacle in the late fall and winter (AURORA). Between seasons Evermore Park hosts a variety of events including an Art & Music Festival, concerts, themed parties and so much more. Visitors can also stroll through the Evermore gardens, full of Gothic history and European antiques. There is also a confectionary, cafe and mercantile, and train ride on site.
Provo Canyon features Bridal Veil Falls, Vivian Park and the Provo River Parkway, among other stops that collectively are a fantastic year-round destination for outdoor recreation. In the summer, Bridal Veil serves as the scenic backdrop for abundant biking, mountaineering, rafting and hiking opportunities and in the winter is a must-visit destination for ice climbers the world over. A great way to see it all is to run or ride the Parkway, a paved trail from Vivian Park in the canyon to the Shops at Riverwoods. It's about eight miles one-way to the mouth of the canyon, and a very scenic route along the Provo River. It's possible to continue through town all the way to Utah Lake. Provo Canyon Adventure Zip Line, Runoff River Adventures and other private outfitters in the area offer horseback riding and zip lining, as well as bike, kayak and tube rentals.
Sundance Mountain Resort
Sundance Mountain Resort is a haven for winter and summer recreationists, as well as artists and nature lovers. Enjoy skiing, riding, biking, fly-fishing, comfortable lodging, luxurious spa accommodations and award-winning dining. The Owl Bar is a must-visit watering hole for both the libations and the history. Also consider the rustic and sophisticated accommodations or workshops at the Sundance Art Studio.
Thanksgiving Point houses the North American Museum of Ancient Life, one of the largest dinosaur museums of its kind, featuring one of the most valuable Jurassic dinosaur collections in the world, including a 150-million-year-old dinosaur egg. There’s also the Johnny Miller-designed Thanksgiving Point Golf Club and two gorgeous garden displays with activities for every season. The Museum of Natural Curiosity features more than 400 interactive experiences, adding even more options for education and discovery to your Thanksgiving Point visit.
Utah Lake State Park
Utah Lake State Park is home to Utah's largest freshwater lake, with fishing access for channel catfish, walleye, white bass, black bass and several species of panfish. Spend an evening RV or tent camping, then powerboat, canoe, or sail the day away on Utah Lake.
Supporting local communities during your travels can have a profound impact. Stock up with groceries locally, stop in an artisan shop or eat at a restaurant in addition to campfire meals.
Things To Do
Downtown Provo is full of locally owned boutiques and eateries. Spend an afternoon popping in and out of shops for a glimpse into the city’s rich heritage and growing culture.
With easy access to trails for the entire family, hiking is one of the most popular activities in Utah Valley. Explore the trails of Provo Canyon then spend an evening around a campfire in one of the day use picnic areas as you watch the sunset.
Lakes & Rivers
Provo is a gateway to some of the best watersports along the Wasatch Front. Spend a day boating at Utah Lake State Park, or visit Provo River for blue ribbon fly fishing or a relaxing day floating down the river.
Deer Creek State Park
Just a short drive from Provo, Park City and Salt Lake City, Deer Creek State Park is a medium-sized reservoir that offers playful summer days filled with boating, fishing and watersports.
Between the destination towns of Heber and Midway, Heber Valley astonishes with its alpine splendor and access to endless outdoor recreation.
Park City is the perfect mountain town. The winter slopes were once featured in the Olympics, and in summer the mountains and nearby state parks and reservoirs transform into a hiking, mountain biking, fishing and camping mecca.
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City makes a great gateway for travelers making a trip to Utah's ski resorts or southward to Utah’s renowned red rock country.
Timpanogos Cave sits high on the northern slope of Mount Timpanogos in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah.
Getting to Provo
Provo is accessible via several exits off I-15, about an hour south of Salt Lake City International Airport (which also places Provo about an hour closer to Utah’s Mighty 5 national parks, including Arches and Capitol Reef, each less than 3 hours away). The Utah Transit Authority’s FrontRunner Commuter Rail stops at Provo Central Station, less than a mile from the Utah Valley Convention Center and Center Street dining and nightlife. Provo Airport offers nonstop flights through Allegiant Air to Oakland, Phoenix and Los Angeles.