St. George, Utah is a fabulous place to visit, filled with many types of adventure to experience. You may want to choose one, or try them all.
1.The Relaxing Adventure
If your goal is to relax, one of the St. George Hotels will definitely accomplish that. Many have two pools: indoors and out (also fountains and kiddy pools), spas and golf packages.
Maybe even that sounds like too much activity. If so, after you enjoy a hot breakfast, you can return to your room for some free HBO, or catch up on your reading.
When you feel like venturing out, head to Ancestor Square in downtown St. George. There are art galleries, boutiques and restaurants, all housed in historical buildings. If you want to join a guided walk while there, you can find the starting point at the Chamber of Commerce.
2. The Biking Adventure
Biking through fantastic scenery on a level paved road sounds like a dream.This dream can easily become a reality by starting out on a bike trail.
Don't worry if you didn't bring your bike along. Many area hotels have rental bicycles and helmets.
The more level trails are also great for roller blading, running or walking. Young bikers will be able to enjoy the easier trails, even if they just turned in their training wheels.
For the more adventurous, there are rougher trails requiring mountain bikes.
3. The Dinosaur Adventure
Utah is full of dinosaur footprints and other fossils. An entire natural history museum was built around footprints discovered in stone at the Johnson Farm in St. George. The museum also has dinosaur replicas, fossils, activities and, of course, a gift shop.
Footprints can also be found in many of the canyons and hiking trails. Utah has a rich paleontological history that spans from the Precambrian to the Jurassic periods. You might even find a fossil yourself.
4. The Desert Flora Adventure
Red Hills Botanical Garden is a stunning place, almost five acres in size, that holds 5,000 native plants, many in beautiful landscaped patterns. This is a perfect place for gardening enthusiasts to visit. It may inspire you to try a similar garden at home, even if it has to be indoors for your climate.
You will also find a stream stocked with fish, including some endangered species, and more dinosaur prints.
The weather in St. George is almost always perfect so you shouldn't need to worry about having your garden plan rained out.
5. The Hiking and Camping Adventure
There are literally sixty-seven hiking trails near St. George. That is a lot of choice for your next hike. Check out the photos and descriptions of each one, which can be found online, and choose the one that best suits you.
The ultimate hiking adventure is Zion National Park, which is less than an hour away from St. George. There you can have many adventures in just one location. Even if you are not into hiking or climbing, there is plenty to do at Zion.
The park is a photographer's dream. The scenery is otherworldly and you will be right in the midst of it, not viewing it from a distance. Make sure you also have someone take photos of you against these magnificent backdrops.
Of course, there are hiking trails. There are also shuttle buses that will take you on scenic loops throughout the park. If you're feeling super adventurous, you can also take a helicopter ride over the park for an incredible view of the entire area.
If you are planning on camping in the park overnight, set up your tent and then head to one of the places people gather to see spectacular sunsets. The park rangers will be able to direct you to the best locations nearest your campsite.
St. George has plenty of adventures for everyone to experience, from the ultimate in relaxation to the ultimate in extreme exercise. Whatever you choose, you can't go wrong and you will have memories to last a lifetime.
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