If you're headed to St. George, Utah, be prepared for a full schedule and plenty to do.
Before we get into all of the exciting things you can do outdoors in Utah (and there are lots), maybe you're coming to the area for a little luxury and relaxation.
Head to one of the spectacular hotels in St. George, Utah. You will never have to leave it if you don't want to. There will be spas, pools, gyms and HBO to ensure that you get the rest and pampering you need.
If you are planning to go out and explore, make sure you take advantage of hotel amenities first, like a hot breakfast or concierge help in finding a restaurant nearby. The concierge can also arrange a golf package for you, if golf is one of the ways you relax.
2. Hike and Bike!
St. George boasts on average 300 sunny days a year and its mild climate supports all kinds of year-round outdoor adventures. There are numerous opportunities for hiking and walking, including Red Hills Desert Garden and Pioneer Park. Probably the main reason people flock to this area, though, is Zion National Park which is less than an hour from St. George. Zion was Utah's first national park. The scenery there is so unusual, you may feel like you're in another world. Hike on a trail, take a scenic drive through the park on a shuttle bus, go on a helicopter ride or see the sunset from the Watchman, a famous peak in the park. If you don't want to leave at the end of the day, you can also camp. Whatever you choose, do not forget your camera.
Pioneer Park offers hiking and the beautiful red rocks the region is famous for. This is also where you can find the "crack", a very narrow canyon that people have fun squeezing through.
Red Hills Desert Garden covers five acres and includes over 5,000 species of desert plant. There is also a stream stocked with fish and dinosaur prints preserved in stone.
Throughout the giant standing red rocks is the Virgin River Walkway, over seven paved level miles good for biking, rollerblading, jogging and walking.
If you've brought your children along with you, there will be plenty to keep them entertained.
Most kids (and also a lot of adults) love dinosaurs. Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm should be on your agenda. This natural history museum was built directly over the site of dinosaur tracks preserved in stone. There are many fossils as well as life size dinosaur replicas.
St. George Children's Museum has many hands-on activities and even has its own dragon. Check the schedule on their website since they host many fun events.
For lots of wet outdoor fun, head to Thunder Junction. It's an all abilities water park, so no one is ever left out. It also features dinosaurs in the themed garden and train rides that go by an erupting volcano!
St. George was settled in 1861. Its historic downtown has many surviving buildings and sites important to the Mormon religion, such as the St. George Tabernacle.
A lovely downtown area called Ancestor Square, is home to many quaint boutique shops, art galleries and eateries. Each restaurant or shop is housed in an historic building.
Walking tours can be joined at the Chamber of Commerce building that will lead you around the downtown historic section.
If you're looking for entertainment, there are some great opportunities in St. George.
The city is home to the Tuachan Amphitheatre, which hosts outdoor concerts and plays. If you're lucky, your trip will coincide with one of their Broadway-quality productions or a concert by one of your favorite artists.
Downtown St. George also boasts Megaplex Theatres for movies and the St. George Musical Theater for plays.
Now that you know the options, you can choose your exact type of vacation in St. George, Utah.
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