Summertime in Utah: Things to Do, Part 3

It's stunning in the winter AND in the summer. Photo credit: TripAdvisor
It’s stunning in the winter AND in the summer. Photo credit: TripAdvisor

Circling back to our home city, Salt Lake City has no shortage of great summertime activities. The capital city of Utah welcomes visitors and surrounding residents from all around the country and the world for its spectacular scenery and beautiful weather. With the nearby airport and road network, Salt Lake and VIP Limousine are ready for your summer adventures in our hometown.

For one, summer is known as concert season, and Salt Lake has no shortage of musical entertainment. The USANA Ampitheatre is hosting Kenny Chesney, Jack Johnson, the Utah Symphony, and Luke Bryan. A few miles further north is the Vivint Smart Home Arena, which is playing host to Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Drake, Shania Twain, Panic! At the Disco, Sam Smith, The Smashing Pumpkins, Maroon 5, J. Cole, Def Leppard & Journey, and J. Balvin. Along Main Street, Broadway at the Eccles is presenting Phantom of the Opera and Waitress: The Musical by Sara Bareilles.

If music is not your thing, the great outdoors continues to call. Salt Lake may be known as Ski City, but even without snow there’s plenty to do. Solitude, Brighton, Alta, and Snowbird all host, at minimum, hiking and cycling opportunities. Solitude, Alta, and Snowbird all have lift-served hiking, and each website also has a list of other activities such as lift rides and special events.

Outside of the resorts, Salt Lake has a myriad of hiking trails with spectacular views of the valley. Mount Olympus overlooks the city and is one of the taller peaks nearby. Above the University of Utah is the Living Room, and for quick jaunts there’s always Ensign Peak just above The Avenues and downtown.

If you’re in the need for food, Salt Lake also has no shortage of excellent local and national restaurants catering to a variety of tastes and group sizes. We at VIP Limousine have highlighted a few of our favorites here on the blog, including Pallet, Current Fish and Oyster, The New Yorker, Cafe Trio, and Ruth’s Chris Steak House.

Salt Lake City is not just a wintertime locale. Our beautiful home is a four-season inland paradise with lots to do and lots to offer with options for everybody. Let us take you where you want to go!

Summertime in Utah: Things to Do, Part 2

In various counties in Utah in the summertime, there’s quite a lot to do even though the snow is gone. One particular place which VIP Limousine is a fan of is Utah County, the growing area immediately south of Salt Lake County and a short drive from downtown Salt Lake City.

One of the most noticeable things about Utah County is the continuation of the Wasatch Mountain range heading south. In some places, it looks even more tall and imposing than those in Salt Lake. The most famous of these is Mount Timpanogos, a popular hiking spot with two very difficult routes to the summit. Aspen Grove and Timpooneke Trails go past waterfalls and wildflowers, ending with a stunning view of the valley below.

Timpanogos also has a cave system with tours within the Timpanogos Cave National Monument in American Fork Canyon. The hike is not extraordinarily difficult and the cave tours are fun for all ages.

On the backside of Timpanogos and tucked up inside a canyon in the Uinta National Forest is Sundance Resort, a year-round resort location with beautiful hikes and summertime chairlift rides. Sundance has great lodging and dining options on site and is continually a quiet retreat, with mountain homes, spas, and music events.

Further south and west, we get to the heart of the county and its activities. Provo is home to the annual Freedom Festival, complete with a parade, fireworks, and a concert at LaVell Edwards Stadium at BYU. Nearby is Utah Lake, a large body of water home to boating and swimming inside of Utah Lake State Park.

If you’re looking for more sedate activities, consider the offerings available at Thanksgiving Point. The vast acreage of this establishment include massive gardens and multiple museums, with special exhibits and calendar events throughout the year.

As if we needed more proof that we love our home area, Utah County has a lot to add during the summertime in Utah. We definitely believe it’s worth checking out.

Summertime in Utah: Things to Do, Part 1

For visitors and even some locals and residents in Utah, many of the best-known activities and events take place in the wintertime. These include the myriad of ski areas located a short distance from downtown Salt Lake, but there’s so much more than just skiing to find at these locations.

Our tour starts in Park City, the picturesque town just 40 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport. The farmers markets and parades along Main Street are a good place to start, in addition to the variety of public hiking and biking trails over at Trailside and amidst some of the residential areas above Kimball Junction and Jeremy Ranch.

Then there’s the resorts themselves. Deer Valley Resort offers a good number of activities where one can work a good sweat, such as hiking and chairlift rides, mountain biking, The Summer Adventure Camp, and a variety of summer concerts located at the resort base. Some of these performances come from the Utah Symphony and their summer series for the Deer Valley Music Festival.

Immediately next to Deer Valley is the vast Park City Mountain Resort, also open for summer operations. The Park City main village and Canyons village both offer different things to do during these months. The main village has summertime lift rides, mountain biking, hiking, zip lines, the alpine slide, alpine coaster, and minigolf. Just down the road at Canyons village is more lift riding, hiking, mountain biking, minigolf/putting, and zip line tours which cross deep canyons. Park City Mountain Resort also has a summer concert series at the base of the Canyons Village, taking place in a shell on the slopeside lawn.

With parking and traffic, some of these activities can be a bit challenging to access, but we at VIP Limousine are more than happy to handle the travel logistics and avoid the parking lots. Park City, Utah is a beautiful place year-round, and now is a fantastic time to enjoy its offerings.