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.
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.
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. :)
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.
Here's a map of things to do in Provo: http://tinyurl.com/3avdzw6
More great things to do in Provo:1) Visit BYU's Museum of Art2) Catch a play at BYU or the Hale Theater3) 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.
"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.)
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.
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.
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.
Try a NCMO... only happens in Provo.
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.
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...
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 Park6) Hike the back side of Mt.
Timpanogos7) 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 Point10) Visit the Crandall Historic Printing Museum11) Bike up Provo Canyon. Stop and Bridal Veil Falls. Finish with lunch at
Riverwoods.I am out of space but you get the idea.
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
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.
Nothing...except get back on the plane.