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Support Local

The joys of travel come from seeing things you can't see in your own hometown. This includes national parks and scenic beauty, but also the one-of-a-kind shops, guided experiences, galleries and eateries that are unique to a specific community and locally-run and cared for. 

And supporting local communities during your travels can have a profound impact. As a conscientious traveler, you can make small adjustments to your travels to actively engage with the communities you visit. When you seek out local establishments during your travels, you aren't only getting a more personalized experience, you're also helping to strengthen local economies. So you can feel good knowing that your trip and your travel dollars are making a difference.


How to Support Local On Your Utah Road Trip

Written By Elainna Ciaramella

5 minute read

Many small businesses in Utah rely on tourism for survival. These expert tips help road trippers make a real difference in communities by supporting local.

Northern, Mountain Biking, Watersports and Rafting, Guided Experiences, Southeastern, Southwestern, Road Trips, Support Local, Climbing and Canyoneering

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  • Hit the sidewalk

  • Leave positive online reviews

  • Go on an adventure with a guide

  • Promote local businesses on social media

  • Get off the interstates & ask around

  • Shop away from home

  • Local staycations matter, too

Pair Big Adventure with Local Character

A road trip through Utah is bound to include stops for recreating in some of our most well-known basecamps such as Salt Lake CityPark CityOgdenSt. GeorgeProvoMoab, and Springdale. If your adventure takes you to any of Utah's beautiful parks, there are always local communities nearby that are worth a visit for an even more rewarding, localized trip. But supporting these communities does more than provide memorable experiences - it also helps them survive economic ebbs and flows.

So go ahead, get off the interstate and add these smaller towns to your itinerary.

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Magnolia's Street Food | Photography by Andrew Burr

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