This is the Mormon State, so they do tend to have very conservative laws, regarding alcohol and smoking. This shouldn't put you off, as there is lots to do here. Just respect the no alcohol and no smoking laws in most places and you will have an exciting hassle free time.
Most people pass by the...
Most people pass by the national parks in Utah on their way to or from California on a cross-country trip or enroute to Salt Lake City or Denver. It is easy to see that Zion National Park is worth a stop...and that Utah is worth taking a closer look.iF YOU LIKED THIS ONE CHECK OUT MY BRYCE CANYON UTAH PAGE.;-)
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.
sit, back, relax and soak in...
sit, back, relax and soak in the scenery. Below, Lil, Lauren, Keri and I are doing just that at the top of Angel's Landing. Angel's landing is one of my favorite hikes. Its a strenuous journey to the top, and you'll rely on chains at the top to assist you to the summit. Once you reach the top, you'll realize all efforts to get there will be worth the view.
No smoking in public! It's...
No smoking in public! It's against the law and I must say as a non-smoker it was a truely wonderful experience. Nice to eat in a smoke-free restaurant. I didn't really notice the clean air I was breathing until I got back onto my home turf and found it very difficult to ignore the distinct smell of cigarette smoke all around me.
24th of July
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.Related to:
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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.
Plenty of Festivals
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.Related to:
The LDS (Mormon) church is the...
The LDS (Mormon) church is the dominant cultural force in Utah. This makes things like getting a mixed drink a little more tricky than it could be. There are those of us living in Utah who are not LDS too, so don't assume that you are talking to a Mormon just because you are in Utah. I get that a lot, and I am not Mormon. Also, don't assume we are all polygamists either. There are a few polygamists around, but they mostly keep to themselves and the majority of the population does not suscribe to polygamy. Utahns are a friendly lot. Trail etitquitte here suggests a greeting or a smile to others with whom you are sharing the trail.
Utah has a very dense Mormon...
Utah has a very dense Mormon population. While this serves as a major turn-off for some people, many others flock to Utah each year because of its wholesome atmosphere and emphasis on family values. There are literally hundreds of things to do here... don't let a cultural perception deter you.
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.Related to:
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Driving instead of hiking
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!!!
UTAH the state of the Mormons...
UTAH the state of the Mormons and of Monument Valley is at the Mountain Time such 1 hour more than the neighbor ARIZONA.
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road side messages
Along the road west in the empty desert salt you'll find messages. Mostly love lorn hearts and names. There is plenty of room, add your own.
Stayed for 3 nights. The room was very clean and spacious. Housekeepers were always prompt and did a...more
This is the only campground in Arches National Park. There are 52 site to choose from. Current...more
It's more like a motel that a hotel but it's nice and it's the best place to stay in vicinity of the...more
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