St. George Area Parade of Homes

Utah is known nationwide for its amazing Parade of Homes events, and this southern event is the first one of the year. For 10 days starting on President’s Day weekend (Feb. 15-24), visitors self tour through the finest in building trends, techniques and technology. Presented by the Southern Utah Home Builders Association and Zions Bank, […]

7 anniversary destinations close to home

“Oh, they say when you marry in June you’re a bride all your life” — or, at least, you can celebrate your nuptials every time “spring, spring, spring” rolls around. If you’re one of the June brides who celebrates her anniversary this month, it’s not too late to plan your romantic getaway. Here are seven anniversary […]

7 things to know about Woodland Hills

Sharon Aposhian Wright has traveled all over the world, but her favorite trip is a weekly jaunt to the Utah State Prison from her hometown of Woodland Hills. Award-winning quilter and mom to six (and grandmother to eight), Sharon and her husband, Dalton, had a strong inclination to serve. They have spent the past two […]

Where to experience fall near Salt Lake City

In partnership with Expedia It’s time to fall into fall. Splashes of color highlight Utah’s mountains as the temperatures start to drop. As the sweater weather settles in, Utah’s fall festivities kick into full gear for the season. Whether day-tripping or looking to rent a car, these sites are worth the short drive out of Salt […]

7 things Judy Arnold wants you to know about Cedar Hills

Cedar Hills doesn’t have a city library, but the community isn’t starved for prose on bound pages. Judy Arnold started a book exchange in her front yard after reading about a Wisconsin man who shared books in honor of his mother’s memory. “He built a box out in his front yard and called it a […]

Eclipse tips for travelers and homebodies

Brigham Young University in Provo usually gets the most attention, but this weekend, the nation will turn their heads toward the home of BYU-Idaho as one of the best cities for viewing the 2017 total solar eclipse. Aug. 21 marks the first solar eclipse to span the continuous United States since 1918. Americans will see […]

New York Times shares ‘Unusually Popular Summer Travel Spots for Each State’

Utahns love to travel to Tonga, according to a Facebook study. The data was based off of where people “check in” on Facebook when they are traveling abroad during the summer since 2012. The New York Times wrote that this unusually popular destination was the most surprising. “Despite the island’s small footprint, it was the most […]

Exploring the hidden LDS Church history sites

Latter-day Saint history is scattered throughout the United States, from Southern California to New England. The most prominent may follow the trail of the Mormon Migration, but here’s a look at several sites that get into a deeper dive of Latter-day Saint history that could be overlooked. Sailing Saints and more in San Francisco While […]

Migrating with the Mormons: A guide to visiting Kirtland, Nauvoo, and Winter Quarters

The heartwarming aroma of freshly baked bread. The clanging of hot metal against an anvil. The clip-clop of horse hooves pulling a loaded wagon. Visiting Nauvoo, Illinois and Kirtland, Ohio transports you to life in the 1830s and 1840s, with historical sites large and small preserved in a beautiful, hands-on way. Step back in time […]

Utah ranked 2nd best state for road trips

  Utah ranked as the second best state for summer road trips in a report released by WalletHub this week. Oregon placed as the best state for a summer road trip with a score of 59.68, which narrowly beat Utah’s score of 58.35. Washington took third place with a score of 57.89. WalletHub evaluated the 50 states’ road […]

Retracing the Restoration: A guide to visiting Restoration sites

Ever dreamed of meeting Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and other early Latter-day Saints? Although they passed away 100-plus years ago, their spirits are still alive and well at the historical sites of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Senior and sister missionaries bring history alive throughout the Northeast and Midwest, sharing the stories […]

Summer getaway: Tuacahn, an oasis of entertainment in southern Utah

Looking for a place to take the family this summer that’s not too far away, is reasonably priced, offers top-flight theater performances and creates lasting memories? Take a look at Tuacahn. The Tuacahn Center for the Arts is located in Ivins, Utah, near Snow Canyon State Park. It’s an oasis of entertainment in the southern […]

Utah’s best summer staycations for families

When summer hits, many Utah families plan to get far away from home and their busy school-time schedules. But instead of skipping the state, why not stay in Utah? Staycations are easier on your wallet, and Utah has some of the most beautiful, family-friendly destinations in the nation. We hit the road and checked out a few […]

Top 10 tips for traveling with kids

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you have to stop traveling. In fact, a U.S. Department of Education study shows that kids who travel (regardless of the destination) do better in reading, math and general education than their peers who don’t travel. It doesn’t need to be an expensive or exotic getaway. What’s important is […]

7 things Cumorah Holdaway wants you to know about Vineyard

Robert Holdaway was born and raised in Vineyard on a dairy farm, and Cumorah moved there from her family’s Orem fruit farm in 1949 when the two were married. Now, their legacy lives on in the farming-town-turned-urban. They have five children, 32 grandchildren and 64 great grandchildren, with many still in Vineyard or nearby. Cumorah […]

7 things Kay Tischner wants you to know about Santaquin

Kay Tischner was born and raised in Santaquin, and 76 years later just about everyone in town knows his name. Kay married Louise in 1964, and together they’ve had eight children, with 29 grandchildren and “seven and a half” great grandchildren. “We’re pretty tickled with them,” he says. Kay’s posterity will now keep up Tischner […]

Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley events to get you outside

Spring has officially sprung. As the first buds of the season are coloring the county, don’t let the April showers keep you inside. Utah Valley always has something going on — whether its a musical performance, sporting events or a random affair – and you shouldn’t miss it. Here are five weekend best bets for entertainment. Lamb and […]

I tried it: Writer Kjersten Johnson goes under with Dive Utah’s scuba class

My breathing sounds like Darth Vader as I descend lower and watch bubbles rise to the surface of the Crater at Homestead Resort in Midway. This Switzerland-inspired town is home to the Crater, which draws tourists from all over the world. “The minerals are one of a kind,” Crater manager David Howlett says. “There’s no […]

Red Rocks: 7 heavenly reasons to head South for the Winter … and beyond

While there are thousands of reasons to take I-15 southbound, Utah Valley Magazine is naming seven reasons to hit red-rock country for the weekend … or longer. 1. To Jeep and 4-wheel The line of cars heading south through Highway 6 illustrates how popular Moab is for Wasatch Front visitors. Count Wayne and Stacey Zakotnik […]

Your Picture-Perfect Winter Wonderland guide to Heber Valley

It’s not holly or jolly to spend more time getting to your destination than enjoying the actual getaway. Here are 14 delightful reasons to head a short 20 minutes up Provo Canyon to Heber City and Midway during the most wonderful time of the year.  Get ready to dine, stay and play.  Dine Who says […]

NYC audiences catch vision of UVU stained glass installation

Depicting the entire scope of human knowledge in stained glass may sound like an impossible feat, but a small army of Utah Valley artisans and academics tackled the task and captured the attention of New York City artists this week. Utah Valley University President Matt Holland, glass artist Tom Holdman of Holdman Studios and UVU […]

Traveling with the Bucket List Family: A Q&A with world-traveling mom Jessica Gee

  For most people, traveling the world is just something to dream about or put off until after retirement. But for Jessica (30) and Garrett Gee (25), it’s a here-and-now reality, even with their two young children (Dorothy, 3, and Manilla, 1). The Gees were students at Brigham Young University when Garrett sold his mobile […]

Top 10 spots to explore in Yellowstone National Park

The National Park Service turns 100 today (Aug. 25) — and to celebrate, all of the national parks will be free this weekend. If you’re looking for a park to visit, consider Yellowstone National Park — after all, it’s the world’s first national park! As you plan your Yellowstone adventures, here are 10 must-see spots to […]

Experience Utah’s natural wonders during the National Parks Centennial

Happy birthday, National Parks Service! The federal bureau dedicated to protecting America’s national parks and monuments will mark its 100-year anniversary on Aug. 25. Utah is home to five national parks — more than any state except California and Alaska — with outdoor wonderlands showcasing hoodoos, hanging gardens and other geological marvels. If you’ve never […]

2016 Summer Fun Map to Summer Adventure in Utah Valley

Ditch the compass — this flowchart maps out 40 ideas to get your summer started off with a bang. High Adventure Adventure is out there, and your presence is requested. Pack up for a day or weekend trip for these four high adventure experiences. Breathe in the open desert air at Arches National Park in […]

The Last Frontier: Alaska combines Utah Valley ties with top-notch adventure

Utah County has world-class trout fishing, a lake full of species and reservoirs nearby that take any bait. But for some, the grandeur of the Alaskan wilderness — and the vastness of the catch — makes a trip north a bucket-list item. “Alaska is an amazing place,” says Neal Dastrup, who lives in Provo Canyon. […]

7 things Ann Rowan wants you to know about Provo

Ann Rowan was in a groove in Boston, where she earned her master’s in museum education at Tufts University. She and her husband, Jamin, who was working on his English master’s and Ph.D. at Boston College, loved the city bustle and daily hustle of Boston life. So when Jamin got a job as an English […]

10 ways to combine BYU’s Las Vegas Bowl trip into a family vacation

Local football fans have a rare opportunity to see BYU and Utah battle in a bowl game when the two longtime rivals clash in the Las Vegas Bowl on December 19. It isn’t just an opportunity to watch the Cougars try to end a four-game losing streak to the Utes and send Bronco Mendenhall out with his […]