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Utah itinerary: Relax among Utah Valley’s mountainside beauty


With a hot tech scene beneath the beauty of the Wasatch Mountains, Utah Valley provides urban amenities and attractions with proximity to outdoor recreation and beauty.

This two-day itinerary was provided by the Utah Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Day One
Thanksgiving Point and shopping

Monet bridge and pond, Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, UtahPhoto: Utah Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau

Monet bridge and pond, Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, Utah

The northern tip of Utah County is an area known as Silicon Slopes. This bursting tech corridor boasts original startups and transplants, including Adobe, Oracle, Microsoft, Nuvi, and Qualtrics. Although the area is famous for its growing technology community, there are several attractions that will delight groups.

Thanksgiving Point is a must-see; it’s home to the Museum of Ancient Life, the Museum of Natural Curiosity and Ashton Gardens. Ashton Gardens features 55-acres of stately gardens, grand lawns, as well as the largest manmade waterfall in the Western Hemisphere. In the spring, there is a Tulip Festival that features more than 250,000 tulips.

If the group enjoys golfing, tee off on the largest course in the state with more than 200 acres of beautiful yet challenging scenery. Or, roam among the dinosaurs at the Museum of Ancient Life, one of the world’s largest displays of mounted dinosaurs. There are 60 complete dinosaur skeletons, along with more than 50 hands-on exhibits. There’s plenty to do here, whether the group visits the attractions together as a large group or splits up to enjoy the venue of their choice.

Hotels, restaurants and the Outlets at Traverse Mountain are nearby. The outlets provide a perfect shopping fix with more than 50 designer brands. Group packages, including coupon booklets, are available free of charge for tour operators.

Day Two
Provo Canyon and Sundance Mountain Resort

Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, UtahPhoto: Utah Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau

Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, Utah

Some of the most spectacular vistas the group will ever experience are easily accessed by taking any, or all, of Utah Valley’s scenic drives. 

Provo Canyon is a 28-mile byway from Provo to Heber Valley, offering views of stunning rock walls, waterfalls and one of the world’s premier fly-fishing rivers.

A stop at Bridal Veil Falls is a must with easy access to the falls for a photo opportunity. With the Provo River Walkway trail nearby, the group can explore the natural beauty of this canyon meandering at will. It’s a popular activity for locals as well.

Next, head to Robert Redford’s famous Sundance Mountain Resort. The group may even see the famous actor who’s known to be out and about. Take in the view from up above on a scenic lift ride. Wildlife is sure to be seen with moose, deer and squirrels commonly spotted.

If the group is outdoorsy, mountain recreation is plentiful here. Outfitters are ready to make the trip unforgettable. Be sure to make reservations for lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants where fresh, seasonal mountain cuisine is served.

Utah Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau


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