Close to my Hometown
Collected by Erin C. Johnson
Although I live in a small suburb of Salt Lake City, I love its proximity to various activities. Within 30 minutes to 5 hours I can go hiking, skiing, camping, rock climbing, dancing, out to a nice dinner, boating, etc.
677 S 200 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA
This place is awesome. If you are looking for free pool and wi-fi during the day, go there. If your looking for bar food and beer it's great for that too. And you can do all that and watch movies in their private cinema, which shows movies old and...
Snowbird, Holladay Cottonwood, UT 84092, USA
Experience Utah’s famous powder in its natural, untamed state. The Snowcat Skiing for Nature program at Snowbird is a guided opportunity for expert skiers to explore avalanche terrain in the Mary Ellen, lower Mineral Basin and Miller Hill areas...
301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, USA
This place has fantastic exhibitions about first peoples, the unique geography of the Great Salt Lake, and even dinosaurs. Perfect for history geeks and dinosaur lovers (I'm both). They also have sweet family activities, like sleepovers and movie...
Oljato-Monument Valley, UT 84536, USA
Nuzzled up against the Arizona border about 100 miles west of Four Corners are some 30 square miles of the most iconic scenery in the American West. Monument Valley is one of those places that you’ll recognize as soon as you see...
150 W 100 N, Midway, UT 84049, USA
Ever wanted to be an ice fairy? Here's your chance to be a queen! Walk through your very own ice castle. Open every winter, for 10 dollars and under you can be entertained by fire dancers, get a picture with a princess and explore a winter...
Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84121, USA
Wake up to the smells of campfire and a pine forest. There are a lot of hiking trails in the area, wildlife, gorgeous mountain views, and family fun. Not into "roughing it"? Facilities include flushing toilets and fresh water. Car camping at its...
472 5300 W, Hurricane, UT 84737, USA
Just 30 miles from the southern gate of Zion National Park, Quail Creek State Park surrounds a 600-acre reservoir that boasts some of the warmest waters in Utah. Its consistently mild climate draws year-round tourists and day-trippers eager...
4323 Little Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Sandy, UT 84092, USA
Looking for some great hikes? Look no further! Utah's Little Cottonwood Canyon isn't just well-known for its ski resorts. Hiking is a favorite local past time. Bring plenty of water and watch out for rattlesnakes. If you're lucky you might just...
Snowbird, Holladay Cottonwood, UT 84092, USA
Little Cottonwood Canyon is known for fabulous skiing, but it is also a great place to take the kids for an afternoon stroll. Strenuous hiking opportunities are available, but many local families enjoy pulling over on the side of the road and...
American Fork Canyon, Utah 84004, USA
A local favorite past time is to drive up the canyon on the weekend to see the fall leaves. I highly recommend American Fork Canyon for the variety of fall foliage, accessibility by vehicle, and proximity to small town Utah. Fall in Utah is a...
Uinta National Forest, Utah, USA
Want to disappear? Enjoy backpacking and fishing away from the crowds? Then visit the Uinta National Forest. In the fall, you might run into a few hunters and their horses. You may also experience crazy thunderstorms combined with snow. It's all...
614 N 18150 W, Cedar Valley, UT 84013, USA
Follow I-15 to the tiny city of Santaquin, then head West on Hwy 141 to see what Utah looked like when the first pioneers came out west. There are a few small towns along the way, with a lot of friendly faces. You might even get in touch with the...
3800 Millcreek Canyon Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84124, USA
There are plenty of swimming holes in and around Salt Lake City – some natural, like the Great Salt Lake, and some artificial, like the Seven Peaks Waterpark. Antelope Island, in the middle of the lake and accessible by a drivable seven-mile...
210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, USA
While the Salt Lake City Public Library system includes eight locations around the valley, downtown hosts what is clearly the flagship building: a six-story, 240,000-square-feet structure housing more than 500,000 books and...
50 N Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150, USA
Salt Lake City is less than one hour’s drive from the ski resorts around Park City. It is highly worthwhile to squeeze in a visit to the Mormons' Temple Square and the Church of the Latter Day Saints. Enthusiastic volunteers guide tours through...
301 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA
Many of SLC’s festivals and civic events cater to families. The Living Traditions Festival (May 16-18), is a celebration of traditional ethnic and folk arts presented by the SLC Arts Council, while the Utah Arts Festival is a 4-day event held the...
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
There’s only one event that commands more attention than a good dump of powder, and that’s Robert Redford’s annual Sundance Film Festival. Sundance attracts nearly 50,000 attendees each year, and premieres feature, documentary, and independent...