Utah Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum

Utah Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum

By State, Utah
During many drives between Salt Lake City and St. George (Utah) to visit Zion National Park or Snow Canyon State Park, I've noticed a sign for the Territorial Statehouse. On my most recent drive south, I made it a point to check it out. The Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum is a nice way to break up a long drive across Utah. There's a nearby park so kids can stretch their legs, too. Here's a rundown of what you'll find at this historic site in Fillmore, Utah. If you've got a Utah State Parks Annual Pass, it's even more worth a stop - because the visit is free. History of the Territorial Statehouse in Fillmore Before Utah became a state, it was designated the Utah Territory. In 1851, Governor Brigham…
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10 Favorite Spring Break Destinations for Families

10 Favorite Spring Break Destinations for Families

Arizona, By State, California, Disney Parks, Disney World, Disneyland, Florida, Hawaii, Mexico, National Parks, New York, Utah, Washington D.C.
Spring Break is a challenge. Do you stay at home and force the kids to go play with friends, or do you head out on a family vacation? I prefer to head out on a family vacation - although it doesn't always happen that way. We enjoy a day trip to a national park or an adventure to California and the Happiest Place on Earth. Either way, we look to go someplace warm if we decide to leave the comfort of our own home. There's a little something for everyone in the list of favorite Spring Break destinations for family outlined below. What will you choose? Disneyland: The Happiest Place on Earth One of the biggest worries people have about timing their Disneyland vacation is: Will it be too busy?…
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Hill Aerospace Museum in Utah: What to Expect

Hill Aerospace Museum in Utah: What to Expect

By State, Utah
I've been taking my kids to the Hill Aerospace Museum in northern Utah for many years. The free museum offers something for people of all ages. Visitors can see a Burgess-Wright Flyer, B-24 Liberator, F-16 Thunderbird, and a stealth SR-71. Here's what you can expect on your visit to the Hill Aerospace Museum near Hill Air Force Base's west entrance. But before you go, download and print the official museum scavenger hunt! Early Flight Through World War II Aircraft After checking in at the front desk and signing the guest book, you'll head to the first large hangar. Inside, you'll encounter at Burgess-Wright Flyer. It was flown at one of the early "air shows" in Utah around 1910. Above it hangs a replica of the Wright Brother's first flight plane.…
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Beaver Mountain Ski Resort: 4 Things to Know

Beaver Mountain Ski Resort: 4 Things to Know

By State, Utah, Winter Sports
I'll be honest: I'm not the biggest fan of skiing. I have ski lift anxiety (it's a thing! haha!). But I really enjoyed a day on the slopes with my brother at Beaver Mountain up Logan Canyon. If you're looking for a place to take the family skiing, here are four things you should know about Beaver Mountain Ski Resort. Beaver Mountain is Accessible Most people probably think Beaver Mountain is too far of a drive from Salt Lake City. But I've sat in heavy traffic, messed with parking and taken a bus to some of the resorts closer to Salt Lake, and a two-hour drive to Beaver Mountain was worth it. My brother and I enjoyed great conversation on the drive up. We enjoyed the scenery of both Sardine…
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Winter in Bryce Canyon

Winter in Bryce Canyon

By State, National Parks, Utah
Winter is one of my favorite seasons to visit Bryce Canyon National Park. The crowds are smaller, the lodging is cheaper and you never know what adventure you'll find yourself in along the trails. Here are a few tips on planning your winter getaway to Bryce Canyon National Park. Places to Stay at Bryce Canyon in the Winter I've enjoyed a few stays at the Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn. It's right outside the entrance to the park. There's a restaurant and swimming pool nearby, and a convenience store for any last-minute items you need to pick up. The best part: You can often find winter deals for anywhere from $49 to $99 a night for a single room. There's also the Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel just…
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Snow Canyon State Park: What You Need to Know

Snow Canyon State Park: What You Need to Know

By State, National Parks, Utah
We love hiking and exploring Snow Canyon State Park near St. George, Utah. As a family, we've visited the park during all seasons of the year. Summer is hot. Winter is cool. Spring and fall are fabulous. Here's your guide to Snow Canyon State Park so you and your family can get the most out of your adventure in Utah. While you're in the area, you can also check out trails in Zion National Park or Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. Short Hikes in Snow Canyon State Park One of the things I love about Snow Canyon State Park: There's a hike for everyone. The park has a few short hikes that offer the young child a feeling of "I hiked the whole way!" Here's a list of…
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Zion National Park: Hiking Trails for Kids

Zion National Park: Hiking Trails for Kids

By State, National Parks, Utah
As a Utah native, I've had my share of visits to Zion National Park. I've done some solo visits, couples vacations and family trips. I've also been to the popular national park at different times of the year: spring, mid-summer, fall and even winter. Here are five trails that are perfect for kids of all ages in Zion National Park. Watchman Trail in Zion National Park Just inside the park is the visitor center and gift shop. There's a campground there as well. But even better, there's a hiking trail perfect for kids of all ages. There are two trailheads just north of the visitor center. Watchman Trail is on the right of the river, and the Pa'rus Trail is on the left. Both are great trails, but the Watchman…
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Escalante Petrified Forest State Park: What You Need to Know

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park: What You Need to Know

By State, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park is a popular stop along Scenic Byway 12 in Utah. But down the road is another hidden gem worth checking out. Escalante Petrified Forest State Park offers camping, boating, fishing and hiking. And if you're there in July, it also offers the typical afternoon thunderstorm. But that didn't stop us from making a stop in the park and creating an adventure the kids would talk about to their friends when we got back home. Here's what you can expect on your visit to Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. Getting to Escalante Petrified Forest State Park If you aren't looking to visit Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, you'll likely pass right by it as you travel along Scenic Byway 12 in Utah. There are some signs to…
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Anasazi State Park Museum: What to Expect

Anasazi State Park Museum: What to Expect

By State, Utah
Anasazi State Park Museum is a short drive from popular Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. It provides a glimpse into what life was like for the Anasazi people and is a great stop along Scenic Highway 12. And since we have an annual Utah State Parks day pass, we made it a point to stop and visit. A visit to the museum can last anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on how much time you want to spend learning about the Anasazi people. Here's what you can expect on your visit to the Anasazi State Park. Tour the Anasazi State Park Museum Check in at the information desk when you first arrive. The fee for a family is only $10, so even if you're just passing through,…
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Utah’s Best Pioneer Day Parade is in Escalante

Utah’s Best Pioneer Day Parade is in Escalante

By State, Utah
I've watched my share of Pioneer Day parades in Utah. The most popular one is the Days of '47 Parade in Salt Lake City on July 24. But in my opinion, the best Pioneer Day Parade is in a rural town just east of Bryce Canyon National Park: Escalante. If you've never experienced the Pioneer Day Parade, you're missing all the fun. Here's a list of highlights my family looks forward to seeing every year. Bike Parade Sets the Stage At 9:30 a.m., 30 minutes prior to the big parade, kids take the stage as the lead act. Bikes of all sizes - and some scooters, too - get decorated up with flags, streamers and balloons. It's something the kids look forward to doing. If you don't have a bike,…
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