Summer break is around the corner and you most likely want to get out of town for a few days. For those of you attending college in Utah, there are lots of fun, exciting, absolutely beautiful, and affordable places to explore within a short 30-minute to few hour drive. Affording your trip is possible, but it all depends on how well you manage your money.
Here are some affordable and remarkable places to explore during your summer break.
Zion National Park
This park, known as Utah’s First National Park, is covered with massive sandstone structures naturally colored in cream, pink, and red.
Top things to do: Tours, Hiking, Horseback riding and more. The National Parks website offers comprehensive information to help you plan your trip accordingly, featuring current weather conditions, hazards, maps, calendar of events, and more. Start planning your trip to Zion National Park here.
For students attending Utah State University, Caves in Logan and Bear Lake are just a hop, skip, and a jump away. You can experience several breathtaking canyons within a short driving distance of the Logan area.
The best part about these types of outdoor activities is that they are absolutely free and have no entrance cost. Most caves are open to visitors to explore at their own risk. People interested are encouraged to explore with others who are experienced and trained to explore caves safely. Minnetonka Cave and Paris Ice Cave are managed by the US Forest Service, tours are available—open June through Labor Day.
Bear Lake is known as the Caribbean of the Rockies because of its deep turquoise water. If you decide to rent boats, kayaks, or other rental items, you might qualify for a student discount. So remember to double check before you go! While visiting, don’t forget to try their famous raspberry shakes—they’re just too good pass up.
Things to do: Hiking, boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, swimming, sailing, fishing, and camping
Are you fascinated by historical artifacts, stories, and events? Utah has a wide variety of museums and historical locations that will enrich your knowledge of natural history and ancient life. From dinosaurs to ancient petroglyphs, you can find all sorts of valuable and adventurous museums throughout the state.
If you live close to Provo, there are four free museums at Brigham Young University — Museum of Peoples and Culture, The Paleontology Museum, The Museum of Art, The Bean Life Science Museum. The most popular museum, the Museum of Peoples and Culture, holds over a million historical artifacts from South America, Mesoamerica, Central America, The American Southwest, The Great Basin, and Polynesia.
Scenic Drives & Byways
Utah has some of the finest landscapes in the U.S. with profound geology, wildlife, and ancient heritage. Be ready to be impressed by Utah’s magnificent scenic byways.
If you’re a student in Utah, there are a number of scenic byways—such as The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles National Scenic Byway, Patchwork Parkway National Scenic Byway, Big Cottonwood Canyon, and many more.
Scenic drives are fun with friends, cheap, and full of potential for great memories. Plus, there are lots of photogenic places for sending snapchats and posting beautiful photos to your Instagram and Facebook albums.
Reward yourself and take some time to adventure (or maybe just relax) this summer. You’ve earned it!