Provo is a land of towering mountains, waterfalls, scenic drives and pleasant communities. Originally called Fort Utah when it was settled in 1849 by 33 Mormon families from Salt Lake City, the city was renamed Provo in 1850 for Étienne Provost, an early French-Canadian trapper who arrived in the region in 1825. Now the third-largest city in Utah, Provo often ranks near the top of national polls as one of the best places to live, work and play because of its accessibility to recreational areas. The Provo area provides easy access to the national parks and canyon country of southern Utah as well as the mountains and ski resorts in the northern part of the state.
Provo offers a rising downtown, extensive outdoor recreation, a vibrant music scene, and more, making it one of the best vacation destinations year-around. Besides the incredible skiing that Utah has to offer, enjoy other outdoor adventures like hang gliding, world class fly-fishing, and even dinosaur hunting! The museum on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo is the home of one of the largest and most valuable Jurassic collections in the world. It's also one of the few free dinosaur museums in Utah. For more family fun, the Peaks Ice Arena has two Olympic-size ice rinks and three indoor soccer courts. If the weather is warm, your kids will love the Seven Peaks Waterpark, Utah's largest waterpark with 16 waterslides, a lazy river, and a half-pipe tube ride. If you haven't gotten enough of the great outdoors, stop by CLAS Ropes Course where you can go rock climbing, rappelling, zip-lining, camping, canoeing, or cruising!
Provo is located about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, making it an easy drive if you want to get out of Provo for the day. Of course, there is also your choice of some of the best ski resorts in the country like Alta, ranked second in 2015 by Forbes magazine. Snowbird came in at number 4. Only 13 miles northeast from Provo lies the Sundance Mountain Resort. In addition to hosting the famous Sundance Film Festival, the resort offers an incredible variety of other events like summer theater productions, food and wine events, and musical festivals along with summer and winter mountain activities. You can check their calendar of events online. With events scheduled nearly every day, Sundance offers a great way to spend your day outside of the Provo area.
Whether you're in Utah for a fun adventure or to get away from it all, Provo offers a wide variety of accommodations to suit your needs and your budget. From luxury resorts to family friendly hotels and beautiful campsites, there are hotels in Provo for everyone! Located in the heart of nearby Sundance, Stewart Mountain Lodging rental properties range from upscale luxury mountain homes to cozy and intimate cottages. This luxurious getaway is the perfect place to let your soul loose, relax, play, and feel the magic of the mountains. Another Provo tourist favorite is Days Inn Provo, nestled in the valley formed by the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache mountains. This hotel is within walking distance to Brigham Young University, a short drive to Braidal Vail Falls, and conveniently located near Highway 189 for quick access to area attractions making it the perfect place to stay during your Utah vacation.
If your Utah vacation is about spending time in the great outdoors, your shouldn't be wasting your time in the car either! The City of Provo has made a sustained effort to build out bicycle paths and corridors throughout the city, and believes that it will improve neighborhoods and communities. The city currently has 12.4 miles of shared use paths, 2.3 miles of side paths, and 21.5 miles of bike lanes which include the scenic Provo River Parkway Trail and continues to increase bicycle lanes and pedestrian paths as new roads are constructed and existing roads are improved.
Find the best Provo vacation rentals on Tripping.com. With over 181 home rentals, take your pick from a wide variety of choices including studio apartments, luxury condos, and cozy cabin rentals. Prices in Provo range from $35 a night. Many rentals can also be booked directly online.Vacation home rentals found on Tripping.com offer more amenities than the average hotel room along with many of the comforts of home. Going on a business trip or need to stay connected? 139 homes in Provo offer high-speed WiFi Internet so you won’t miss a beat. Travelling with kids? Let them splash around in any of the 63 rentals with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with the family in one of the 132 homes with cable TV.For all those pet owners with dogs or cats, Provo offers 28 pet-friendly vacation rentals for your extended family. Find the perfect vacation rental that matches your budget and style on Tripping.com.Search properties from 7 vacation rental sites in Provo where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, Expedia, and Booking.com. There are 72 HomeAway rentals, 32 Expedia short term rentals and 31 Booking.com vacation rentals.