Celebrate the Fourth of July at America’s Freedom Festival Stadium of Fire and you’ll be in on one of the biggest celebrations of our country’s founding. With the largest July 4th concert in the country and the largest stadium fireworks show in America, Freedom Festival is not to be missed. Headlining this year is Kelly Clarkson.
Utah Lake is minutes from downtown Provo with 96,000 acres of water for wakeboarding, water skiing, jet skiing, or sailing, plus rafting, kayaking, and canoeing in the Provo River which ends and spills into Utah Lake. Fly-fishing and small game hunting abound in the summer or for a more exotic exploring hike to the natural limestone caverns at Timpanogos Cave National Monument, a short 45-minute drive from downtown Provo.
For more fly fishing and hiking, try Mirror Lake, located in Utah’s highest mountain range, the Uinta Mountains. So named from the picture-perfect reflection of the surrounding mountains and trees, the lake is a fishing paradise for rainbow, trout, and brook trout.
Get on your bike and start training now with your goal of the 29th Utah Lake Century Ride. Choose your distance of 111, 65, or 35 miles. All rides start at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, just 25 minutes outside of Provo.
Perhaps the most famous Utah citizen is Robert Redford who has found the state warm and welcoming for years. This is where he developed his Sundance Film Festival. Rugged, sporty, and outdoorsy, Redford personifies the beautiful state’s opportunities to get into nature.
Summer at Sundance means you can try hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. You don’t have to be a guest at the Sundance Resort to participate in many of their activities.
Enjoy scenic lift rides that offer a panoramic view of the mountain as you glide to the top of Ray’s Summit. After enjoying the impressive views during the lift ride on your way to the summit, take the opportunity to explore the mountain landscape. Venture off on some of the designated hiking trails or just sit and enjoy the mountain’s tranquil beauty. The lift will be waiting to transport you to the base where you can enjoy lunch in the Foundry Grill or a light snack in the Sundance Deli.
If you’ve worked up a ferocious appetite and want something sophisticated (and maybe a glimpse of Redford), try the Sundance Tree Room, which features art from Redford’s personal collection. Indulge in Spiced Berry Rub Buffalo Loin or Clark Willis Lamb Rack by romantic candlelight.
Provo makes the perfect vacation spot for combining your desire to keep fit, enjoy spectacular scenery, brush up on your history and discover new eateries.
For more information about Provo, Utah, visit www.utahvalley.com