The Variety In Utah
I have lived in Utah for 30 plus years now and still amazed at the diversity that the State of Utah and Salt Lake area offers. I can promise you that you won’t say there is nothing to do here.
In the Salt Lake area, you have a mix of activities, from the downtown city life that Salt Lake City brings, to the “Greatest Snow on Earth” that the well-known ski resorts have, to the numerus mountain trails and the mountain lakes. And not to mention the thousands of acres that the National Parks in Utah offers that is only hours away from Salt Lake City.
The climate is not that bad either. The summers are not that hot, with very minimal humidity and the winters, in my mind, are comfortable compared to other places in the Country.
Summer Time in Utah
If you are into concerts and watching sports, Salt Lake has you covered with this. The Energy Solution is located downtown Salt Lake City and brings in some of the biggest names in the entertainment business and is the home to the Pro basket team, The Utah Jazz.
The Maverick Center, which is located in West Valley City and the home to the Ice hockey team The Utah Grizzlies you can always plan on having a good time there.
The Rio Tinto stadium is one of the newest additions to the area and located in Sandy City and being an outdoor facility that is the home to the Salt Lake ReAL Soccer team.
The whole family can enjoy a day out watching the minor league baseball team “The Salt Lake Bees” that are played in Franklin Covey Field. Two other great places that brings entertainment to the area is USANA Amphitheater located in West Valley City and Sandy Amphitheater located in Sandy City.
Although Salt Lake doesn’t have a Pro Football team, we do have our College football. Among these teams are Utah University (The UTES) and BYU (Brigham Young University). These two teams are long time rivalries and on game day you will see just who the fans are from the sea of red or blue colors.
Always a fun day is to visit Lagoon Amusement Park that is located in Farmington that is about 30 minutes north of Salt Lake City. Among the great rides that Logan offers there is Lagoona Beach which is a water park located right inside the amusement park to help cool off the summer heat.
Not too far from Lagoon, in Kaysville, you will find a place called Cherry Hills. Here you will find a small fun park that offers several water rides, miniature golfing and many other fun things to do with the whole family.
Utah Outdoor Fun
If you want to get in touch with nature there are hundreds of trails to explore in the nearby mountains with water falls, picnic area and camping sites.
Right in the middle of Salt Lake valley there is Jordan Parkway Trail that follows along the Jordan River. This popular paved trail runs from the south end of the valley to the north end.
Another must see and very popular attraction is Timpanogos caves, located in Utah County outside of Lehi. Here you will enjoy an easy hike on a paved trail to the cave and take a guided tour with a Ranger. After visiting the cave, you can take the Alpine Loop that is among a favorite of Utahans, that will come out at Sundance Resort.
There are plenty of water sport activities to do in Utah from water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, swimming and fishing in the nearby lakes. Among the popular lakes are Jordanelle, Rock Port, Echo and Utah Lake, just to name a few.
Another well-known water spot is Bull Frog located in a very popular place, Lake Powell. Lake Powell has hundreds of miles of shoreline, with awesome scenery and hundreds of coves and canyons to explore that changes with the raise and lowering of the water level. Renting a houseboat on Lake Powell is a must to do.
Salt Lake City Night Life
Salt Lake City night life you will find many clubs that offers socializing, dancing, wine and dinning. A fun place to get a good laugh for the night is at Wise Guys Comedy Club, that brings top Comedians from all over.
A more mellow and relaxed time you can spend a night at the Salt Lake Symphony, or the Tabernacle Choir or just catch a play.
Salt Lake City has a range of restaurants and fine dining with great food like Mexican, sushi, Chinese and several other culture foods. Spend some time shopping or just hanging out at the several malls that are in Salt Lake; City Creek, The Gateway and Trolley Square are among the most popular.
Winter Fun Time
Winter activities brings just has much fun as the summer does in Utah and Salt Lake City area. We have some of the best snow around with plenty of places for skiing and snowboarding like Snowbird, Alta, Brighten and Park City just to touch on a few of them. Not to mention that Park City is a great place to visit in the summer time and they host the most popular annual Film Festival.
Among the ski resorts there is abundance of open areas to cross country skiing, snow shoeing or snowmobiling. Not to many people owns snowmobiles, so no worries, it is very easy to rent one from many places around.
Other winter activities are to see the spectacular lights around the holidays at Temple Square or you catch a one horse carriage ride in downtown Salt Lake City.
If you are into site seeing, Utah has some of the most amazing National Parks around. The most popular places are Zions National Park, Bryce Canyon, The Arches, Coral Reef, The Canyonlands and Moab. These are great places to hike and mountain bike or you can just catch the site from your car while driving through these awesome places. I am still finding new areas to go and still so amazed at the vast open land that Utah offers.
The Great Salt Lake
The Great Salt Lake is a sight to see, being the largest body of water west of the Mississippi. The Great Salt Lake is the home to Brine Shrimp and many migrating birds in the swap land that is part of the Great Salt Lake. Places to checkout around this huge Lake is Antelope Island and Salt Air. Antelope Island offers picnic areas, historical places to visit and biking. Salt Air was once a popular resort back in the 50s and now-a-days you can catch a concert or two there.
After moving hear from Idaho shortly after high school, I have enjoyed being part of the Utah culture and honestly, I can’t think of a place I rather live. There is much more to see and do here in Utah than I was able to write in this blog, you will have to come here and create your own experience.