Summer Vacation: Utah Road Trip For The Family

By: David Reichman

Utah's pine-covered peaks, red-rock canyons and cultural diversity make the state one of the most inviting destinations for a summer road trip. Utah is where you will find amazing beauty that is composed of the dramatic co-existence of the forces of nature and the colorful land of discovery marked by the different people that settled in the state.

Utah is full of things to see and do, making it perfect for a family road trip. Start your journey in Park City for the all the great activities that will surely give you lots of bonding moments with your spouse and kids. Checking in at the Park City Mountain Resort not only gives you comfortable lodging, but also all the fun and exciting things for a summer vacation. It is more than just a resort. It is a community. You can go mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding along the hundreds of miles of trails you can conquer with your family, all with the amazing view of the Wasatch Mountains. You can also grab the chance to go stream fishing with the Jans Mountain Outfitters or play golf at Jeremy Golf and Country Club.

Park City houses the Utah Olympic Park which served as a venue for a number of events during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Visitors are treated with a guided tour of the entire Utah Olympic Park, training sessions and different rides. If you happen to be at Park City on a Saturday, be sure to check out the freestyle aerial and ski jumping shows. There is also the Olympic Museum filled with interactive exhibits your children will truly enjoy.

Just approximately thirty one miles from Park City is Utah's capital, Salt Lake City. One of the most popular attractions in the the city is the Great Salt Lake State Park. The park consists of the world's second saltiest lake, a museum, a visitor's center and a video presentation of the lake and its history. A part of the park houses different shops, food outlets and a venue for concerts. Once appointed the Mormon's church president and governor of the Utah territory, Brigham Young served as a great influence to the residents of the state. One of his homes, the Beehive House, is frequented by visitors and is open for free day tours that take you around the entire mansion. If you are taking the summer road trip with little kids, a visit at the Children's Museum of Utah is a must. They will surely love everything in the museum, like The Little Star Theater which is a playroom for dress-up role playing.

Drive twenty two miles to Fruit Heights to continue your summer road trip. The Cherry Hill Resort and Fun Park offers nothing but the best time for a family vacation. The resort is complete with a water park, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, water slides, a twenty-foot waterfall and an enormous pirate ship. You can also find vast campgrounds surrounded by hundreds of trees, batting cages, game rooms and a golf course, making it the perfect last leg for your Utah summer road trip.

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