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    Plenty of Festivals

    by Segolily Updated Sep 12, 2010

    There are some pretty well attended festivals throughout the state that are worth noting.

    Late January brings the Sundance Independent Film Festival mostly in Park City, though there are screenings in SLC as well. Well attended by the stars, directors and producers it is a star studded event.

    Easter is the Jeep Safari in Moab. A week worth of 4x4 driving in the desert around town.

    Summer brings plenty of small town festivities with Strawberry Days in Pleasant Grove, Swiss Days in Midway, Draper Days in Draper, Raspberry Days in Garden City, Peach Days in Brigham City etc. Most every town will have something they sponsor during the summer to provide fun and entertainment.

    Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City is a Tony award winning drama festival with a medley of Shakespeare's plays in a traditional setting.

    September brings more:
    Greek Festival the second weekend of September celebrates the Greek presence in Utah. Put on as a fund raiser for the local Greek community they serve up the best of greek food and dance.

    Oktoberfest celebrated at Snowbird a little early in September.

    This is also Utah State Fair time when the quilts and cows and pigs and jam and more from around the state take center stage.

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    24th of July

    by Segolily Updated Jul 10, 2010

    The 24th of July is a State holiday. It is the day Brigham Young entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 leading the Mormons from Nauvoo Illinois across the plains. The Day's of '47 celebration is too big for just one day. There are Rodeos, horse parades, children's parades, check out the floats parties, patriotic breakfasts etc. The third biggest parade in the US is in Salt Lake the morning of the 24th. Don't plan to travel around downtown that morning. It winds it's way to Liberty Park where in the afternoon you can enjoy an Intertribal Indian PowWow. There are also fireworks, though whether they are still at Liberty Park I'm not certain.
    Other towns around the state may have celebrations as well...Bountiful I know has Handcart days with a carnival and parade.
    So if you find yourself in Utah on the 24th of July now you'll know why the celebration.

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    Mountain Letters

    by Segolily Written Dec 7, 2009

    Due to the sparse vegetation on the mountains, it has become common practice to put the letters of the local high school or College on the side of a mountain. The two largest are the U in Salt Lake for the University of Utah and the Y in Provo for Brigham Young University. This is the picture of the H rock for Highland High School. School rivalries often target these letters, painting them the opposing schools colors or even re writing them an O or an E for example. So as you drive around the state, you can look for the letters on the mountains. You'll know there is a high school nearby.

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    showers at the state parks

    by richiecdisc Written Jul 14, 2009

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    While many National Parks lack shower facilities, all of Utah's state parks provide them. There is often an additional fee to the entrance fee for this privilege but it is nominal compared to other facilities. We found one place in Torrey, UT (outside Capitol Reef National Park) charging $5 per person. We waited it out for five days till we got to Goblin State Park, such is the life of a six-month budget trip. lol The best way to not only save some money but also to take full advantage of the beauty of these state parks is to camp there. You get to see the parks in their best early morning/late evening light and showers and entrance fees are included in the very reasonable camping rates. Oh, and the spots are about as nice as you will find anywhere too.

    Utah State Parks are not included in the American the Beautiful Pass but very much worth the extra cost if you have the time to get a little off the beaten path.

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  • Mormonisms

    by CDNgirl Updated Sep 17, 2006

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    Mormons, or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, therefore alot of Utah, are very conservative people and therefore have pretty strict laws concerning alcohol and smoking in public places, etc. etc. So just try to be polite, its just their standards and beliefs, and don't be afraid to ask, they're very friendly and willing to help anyone out.

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    Driving instead of hiking

    by PelLihi Written Jul 27, 2006

    I figured that Americans prefer driving to certain destinations more than hiking directly to the attraction. That's why you'll find a so called viewing point at almost every major sight in the States.

    If you're in a hurry, you can try this version as well, but I prefer to hike in the parks. Especially in Arches National Park you should walk to the different Arches by yourself instead of driving to the far away viewing point. Standing in front of Delicate Arch and discovering its incredible size is a one in a lifetime expierience that is more than worth the hike. Don't miss it!!!

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    Yummy Cookies

    by mcpangie Written Oct 13, 2005

    Years ago in Alaska, some of the stores carried these cookies. Now that I live in Nevada that isn't the case. But, when I stop through Utah I try to find these local favorites. They've been around awhile and have all kinds of new flavors. But, the pink-frosting-coated cake sugar cookies are my favorite.

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    Mormonism

    by goingsolo Written Jun 12, 2004

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    The majority of Utah's population is Mormon. Mormon's believe in Jesus Christ as their savior and in the Bible, but also abide by the Book of Mormon. The Mormon religion emphasizes the family unit as most important. Alcohol, cigarettes and sex outside of marriage is prohibited.

    The traditional Mormon doctrine supports polygamy, which is not considered adultery. Although this is illegal in the United States, it is believed to still be practiced in Utah.

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    Interesting facts about Utah

    by goingsolo Written Jun 12, 2004

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    Utah has the youngest population of any state, but it also has the highest birthrate of any state in the nation. It appears that Mormon families, which comprise the majority of the population, have lots of children. It is also rumored that polygamy- the practice of having several wives, is still practiced in Utah. Interestingly, Mormonism prohibits the consumption of alcohol, yet more babies are born in Utah than anywhere else in the country.

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    Alcohol laws

    by goingsolo Written Jun 6, 2004

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    Utah is a predominantly Mormon state. For this reason, the sale of alcohol is restricted. Places that sell alcoholic beverages must provide food with the purchase of alcohol. Beer that is sold is no more than 3.2% alcohol. Certain places are private clubs were alcohol is sold. A special membership is required to enter. Visitors can purchase a 2 week membership for a small fee.

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    Meet the Mormon people at Temple Square!

    by Roeffie Updated Feb 24, 2004

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    Meet the Mormon people at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. They can tell you everything about their faith and culture.

    By the way I think it's the only interesting thing about Salt Lake City itselve. It was one big Construction Site when I was there.

    Link to my:Salt Lake City Page

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    In Salt Lake at the Mormom...

    by where2next Written Aug 26, 2002

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    In Salt Lake at the Mormom Church area you may be approached by a young person politely asking if you have a religion, i.e. they are missionaries who are seeking new members to their church. I was asked several times and said 'I already do', and that was simply it. It's pretty minor though thought I'd pass this along anyways.

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    If you really want to visit...

    by ScottyK Written Aug 26, 2002

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    If you really want to visit Temple Square, but don't want to be harassed by the Mormons, consider visiting on a Sunday. They are still open, but since Mormons view Sunday as a holy day, they don’t go out. You’ll basically have the place to yourself.

    That also goes for just about anything else in Utah. If you want to go shopping in peace, go on a Sunday. Crossroads mall in Downtown Salt Lake City will be busy even on Sunday, but the outlaying suburban malls are nice and quiet. Traffic is also a lot lighter on Sundays!

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  • Not really a tip, but Utah has...

    by dzni Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Not really a tip, but Utah has an enormous Mormon population! Look in the bedside drawers at hotels... generally you'll just the Bible left by the Gideons. In a lot of hotels here, you'll also see the Book of Mormon in there. Kind of 'culturally different' if you ask me.

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    I just want to mention here...

    by reon80 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    I just want to mention here that Salt Lake City people are incredibly friendly and that the city is incredibly incredibly clean. However, people in Utah don't appear to drive very well; there were three wrecks in like three days by our condo...watch out!

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