Swedish Family Traditions


I have lived in Utah most of my life. Utah has a lot to offer in the way of site seeing and activities and fun interesting places. There is so much to do and see here that I have yet to do it all. Fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, skiing, snowshoeing, rafting, and the list continues.

Fence held together with deer hide

Utah has a rich pioneer heritage
Pop Goes the Weasel

Fall Colors on Alpine Loop in AF Canyon

You can spend an entire day exploring the history of Utah at Salt Lake City Temple Square Vistor's Center, Pioneer Memorial Museum, Brigham Young's Beehive House and lunch at the historic Lion House. Or a day at the Hogle Zoo and This Is The Place Heritage Park. Travel down south to historic Cove Fort for a picnic lunch (check out the "weasel" there's a theory that the weasel refers to a weaver's shuttle, which makes a popping sound when the loom is in use) and head over to Freemont Indian State Park.

Cascade Springs  Alpine Loop
A drive up American Fork Canyon and a hike to Timpanogos Cave Monument (buy tickets in advance, they do sell out fast and I suggest go first thing in the morning to avoid the heat) and finish with a drive through the Alpine Loop and a short hike at Cascade Springs and finish the drive off with a stop at Sundance Resort for dinner at the Tree Room or Foundary Grill. They also offer Full Moon Lift rides during the summer months. Most ski resorts in Utah offer horseback riding, concert series, and even outdoor plays. Don't forget the shopping at Park City Tanger outlets!

Zions is one of my all time favorite places to visit in Utah. But be careful on Angels Landing trail. Too many people have died falling from that trail...a side note...can take quite a while to hike...go early in the morning. Take lots of water! I have yet to do this hike for fear of heights. Weeping Wall, Emerald Pools and the River Walk are some of the shorter easier trails. But for something truly spectacular, take some time to hike to Hidden Cayon, this may be more difficult, there is rather deep crevice but there are chains for you to hold onto. Don't forget to grab a famous garlic burger from Oscars www.cafeoscars.com in Springdale. Or, try out one of Zion's Lodge Red Rock Grill http://www.zionlodge.com/red-rock-grill-880.html.

If you want to explore Eastern Utah, Logan Canyon is beautiful or head out to Dinosaur land near Vernal, UT. Or how about Moab and Arches in Utah's southern corner. Not far is Colorado's Mesa Verde and Canyon of the Ancients National Monument.

For our local hot spots...some fun ideas for the whole family...
There is Lehi's Thanksgiving Point, http://www.thanksgivingpoint.org Gardens, Museum of Ancient Life, Golfing, Restaurants, and a  newly remodeled movie theater. Take the little ones to the Farm for some petting zoo fun and a pony ride.
Miranda and Mama Haley feed the goats at Thanksgiving Point

Or during the holidays, there are the Witches at Halloween or Christmas Elves at Gardner's Village http://www.gardnervillage.com/. They have a couple of restaurants and some fun shops!

Christmas Elves at Gardner's Village
A witch poses with Alexis

Utah can get pretty hot during the summer months...so head on out to one of the many water parks. Like 7 Peaks... http://www.sevenpeaks.com or play at Boondocks in Draper. http://www.boondocks.com/

There is also the drive up Provo Canyon or walk or bike ride up Provo Canyon trail...Bridal Veil Falls is also a great place to stop and view the falls and cool off in the pool. If you decide to tube down Provo River, be careful and wear a vest...there is a train bridge that crosses the river that 90% of people get flipped over and thrown into the river. Start that river trip after that bridge. And get out at Vivien Park. Otherwise you will be headed down some very rocky and rough water. http://www.go-utah.com/Bridal-Veil-Falls/

Bridal Veil Falls Provo Canyon

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