As with so many trips to Utah, a successful multigenerational trip can start in Utah's capital, Salt Lake City. Utah's vibrant urban corridor is an intriguing destination for multigenerational travel because it combines the best cultural amenities of a big city with incredible outdoor recreation opportunities.
Best of all, you'll spend much less time driving thanks to the proximity of our mountains and excellent infrastructure.
Brigham City, Ogden and Provo are all major cities along the Wasatch Front, but the cultural heart is Utah's capital, Salt Lake City, just minutes from Salt Lake International Airport and a few minutes more from world-class outdoor recreation.
Day 1: Peak Family-Friendly Culture
Though Utah is widely renowned for its great outdoors, you'll also discover a thriving capital city with a number of cultural attractions to enrich your visit.
Natural History Museum of Utah, Living Planet Aquarium, Red Butte Garden and Arboretum, Tracy Aviary, Family History Library, Discovery Gateway and Clark Planetarium, The Leonardo,Utah's Hogle Zoo. Salt Lake is also home to the Utah Jazz professional basketball team and the Major League Soccer team Real Salt Lake.
On this family trip, seasoned travelers may wish to check out Salt Lake's complete package of professional performing arts, including the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera, Ballet West and multiple theater companies. (Read: "Salt Lake City: A Place to Play")
Stick together by exploring the art, science and technology exhibits at The Leonardo and walking the Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited Hogle Zoo then let the grandparents research their genealogy at the Family History Museum while the kids hit the nearby planetarium.
Local tour companies like Salt Lake City Tours and City Sites whisk you around the city with narratives of historic sites and top points of interest.
Day 2: Peak Adventure Family Vacations
If you're traveling to Utah, you can't ignore the incredible outdoor recreation. Whether driving or flying into Salt Lake City, you'll be surprised by the proximity and drama of the backyard Wasatch Mountain Range. So while you could easily fill a weekend with culture and dining, active travelers won't want to forgo a trip into the mountains for hiking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, wildflowers in the summer and skiing in the winter, among many other activities.
Adventure-rich canyons and trailheads line the Salt Lake Valley, which means a trip to Salt Lake can also feed the adventurous spirit of your family, whether that means mountain biking the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and renowned Wasatch Crest, hiking among wildflowers in designated wilderness or skiing and riding The Greatest Snow on Earth® in the winter.
Nearby mountain resorts like Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Park City Mountain Resort or Deer Valley Resort in the Park City area (an all-encompassing mountain town just over a half-hour from Salt Lake), Snowbasin Resort near Ogden or Sundance Mountain Resort near Provo all offer a one-size-fits-all vacation retreat for the whole family. Several of Utah's state parks offer a range of activities off the beaten path, and a handful have adaptive traveler accommodations. And remember to take advantage of AARP member discounts for lodging and more.