C. Jane Kendrick: What can a tourist do in Provo?

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  • Max Syracuse, NY
    July 9, 2011 8:15 a.m.

    I agree with some of the other posters (rockon and carman). This article seems to have been written by someone who doesn't really know Provo very well. On the other hand, it also appears that she was trying to be humorous and tongue-in-cheek -- but it was hard to tell. Some of it was just plain dumb.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    July 6, 2011 10:48 a.m.

    To Walt:

    You have WAY too narrow of a perspective. The article was about flying into the Provo airport. Activities in close proximity make perfect sense. But glad you find it so funny. Maybe you should get out more.

  • Walt Nicholes Orem, UT
    July 6, 2011 8:51 a.m.

    I had to laugh. Most of the things that people list to do in Provo were not in Provo at all. My list:

    1) Hike the "Y"

    2) Tour BYU museums. If you get the right guide on a slow day there are amazing things to see in bot the sciences and the arts. (Get to the anechoic chamber in the ESB if you can - amazing!)

    3) Go around and look at sever nationally-listed old buildings.

    4) 7 Peaks.

    5) Utah Lake. (Seriously, from boating to feeding the ducks.)

    6) Memorial Park (Small but good.)

    7) Bridal Veil Falls (Still in Provo, I think.)

    8) Squaw Peak Trail - the WHOLE THING! (Not really in Provo, per se, but shows provo from amazing angles.)

    9) If you're LDS, the old section of the Provo Cemetery - lots of pioneers.

    10) Provo Fort.

    11) Provo Temple. (They really need a visitor's center.)

    12) North Park museum.

    13) My old Edgemont home on 2950 North (at least I always like going past it. :)

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    July 5, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    Shucks, the cut me off for remembering the old days when I went to BYU.

    Rabbit races in Rock Canyon and sumarine races at Utah Lake.

  • Helen Anderson Provo, UT
    July 5, 2011 6:51 p.m.

    Here's a map of things to do in Provo: http://tinyurl.com/3avdzw6

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    July 5, 2011 5:34 p.m.

    More great things to do in Provo:

    1) Visit BYU's Museum of Art
    2) Catch a play at BYU or the Hale Theater
    3) Go to a great college sports game. BYU has top 20 teams regularly in multiple sports.
    4) Attend a concert at BYU or UVU.
    5). Shoot clay pigeons in Lehi or up Provo Canyon at two of the best venues in the state.
    6). Go fishing at Tibble Fork.
    7). Bike from the Timpanooki campground, across the front of Timp, and down the canyon into Pleasant Grove. The high altitude air, pines and elk along the way are fantastic.
    8). Take a drive to Cascade Springs.
    9). Have a picnic up Provo's South Fork canyon. Bring a frisbee. There is a great park.
    10). Take a ride on the Heber Creeper.

    Again, I am out of space. Once you discover Utah County, you'll want to get out of the more crowded counties to the north.

  • UtahMaus Orem, UT
    July 5, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    "Be sure to warn tourists that they are likely to be arrested if they are seen around or near the BYU campus. The tourist shorts and shirts commonly worn by outsiders are against the Honor Code."

    Ha, Ha, Ha, Snort, Ha, Ha....
    ...wait, you did mean to be funny, right?

    Yea, you might get some funny looks - my husband, with his beard, does - but it isn't a crime. You aren't held to the Honor Code unless you signed it.

    (And actually, now that he is clearly too old to be a student, he doesn't really get the looks anymore.)

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    July 5, 2011 4:01 p.m.

    One more comment -- love the topic -- in our businesses we've had more than 10,000 people come to this area for a week at a time. Without exception they love:
    1. The non-humidity (but they do reach for the skin lotion)
    2. The incredible mountain scenery from the valley -- "they're right on top of you!"
    3. The clean air (most of the time and better since we lost Geneva)
    4. The BYU campus. They can't believe the cleanliness and the friendly students and people.
    5. The Canyons (we took one small group on the amazing drive between Provo Canyon over to Hobble Creek.
    6. Speaking of Hobble Creek, my Korean guests think Hobble Creek course in the fall was a gift from heaven.
    7. The city/county building where we've held receptions.
    8. Sundance.
    9. The abundance of sunny skies.
    10. The peace in walking around downtown Provo when we put them at the Marriott.
    and on and on.

    It's a great place to live, to invite guests to, and keep expanding ones horizons.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    July 5, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    By the way... I love small airports. I'll take the mosquito problem over the large airports any day. And cow fields, gravel parking... love it. As you said, it is so simple, and so much less hassle. May Provo Airport never grow too large or too refined, which is what every city leader tries to do. Keep it Quaint.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    July 5, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    Provo and Utah County have more to do per square miles of area than most places in the world. Carman is exactly correct. Let me add a few more to your good list. I'm not a travel novice or sheltered. I've lived in England, Germany, France, Russia, Australia and China. Been to 50 other countries in South and Central America, Europe, Asia and Africa. All 50 states and Canadian provinces. Although I've seen the wonders of the world and I'm still enamored with this place I've chosen to live.

    1. Extensive tour of BYU with a view from the Sky Room and a stop at the Creamery. The library blows most visitors away. The mechanical engineering lab is rather interesting too on a small scale.
    2. Geology tour of Utah Valley and Provo Canyon. You don't need a book, just a pointer to see the amazing geological formations and pre-Cambrian limestone results.
    3. Drive the Nebo Loop with a picnic at Payson Lakes.
    4. Tour the new LDS recreation of Jerusalem past Eureka.
    5. Drive up to Squaw Peak then head to the back side of Squaw Peak for a spectacular overlook behind Rock Canyon.

    Out of space.

  • reader1234 South Jordan, UT
    July 5, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    Try a NCMO... only happens in Provo.

  • The Jimmer Salt Lake City, UT
    July 5, 2011 3:28 p.m.

    Is this article serious or tongue-in-cheek? I can't tell if the author is trying to talk up Provo or saying there's really nothing to do there.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    July 5, 2011 2:35 p.m.

    p.s. Ironmomo and carabaoU both have serious issues and biases against Utah County and probably have never been there. In fact, they probably haven't even traveled outside of SL or Weber counties. So don't mind them...

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    July 5, 2011 2:31 p.m.

    This was not written by someone who knows Utah County as you missed some of the best parts! If fact, you'll need at least a week to do it right, and that's just in the summer. Winter brings a whole new set of possibilities.

    1) Hike to Timpanogos Cave in the morning and picnic up American Fork Canyon.
    2) Fly fish the Provo River.
    3) Drive the Alpine Loop (better yet, mountain bike one of hundreds of trails)
    4) Hike to Stewart Falls. Better yet, hike to the peak of Mount Timpanogos and watch the sun rise.
    5) Mountain bike at Lambert Park
    6) Hike the back side of Mt. Timpanogos
    7) Get dinner (lot's of possibilities including the Bangkok Grill, Tucanos, Bombay House, PF Changs, The Foundry Grill, The Tree Room, or even In-And-Out Burger)
    8) Take in a play at Sundance's Summer Theater (combine it with dinner at the resort. See #7 above.)
    9) Visit the gardens at Thanksgiving Point
    10) Visit the Crandall Historic Printing Museum
    11) Bike up Provo Canyon. Stop and Bridal Veil Falls. Finish with lunch at Riverwoods.

    I am out of space but you get the idea.

  • Miner's Mom Salt Lake City, UT
    July 5, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    I've just started a tour company in SLC. Having been in the industry for over 15 yrs. I'd be happy to share my ideas with you or we could colaborate. How can I contact you?

  • carabaoU Moab, UT
    July 5, 2011 2:00 p.m.

    Be sure to warn tourists that they are likely to be arrested if they are seen around or near the BYU campus. The tourist shorts and shirts commonly worn by outsiders are against the Honor Code.

  • Ironmomo Ogden, Utah
    July 5, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    Nothing...except get back on the plane.