Just an hour south of Salt Lake City is Utah Valley, home to Provo. To the west of Provo lies Utah Lake, and to the east of the city stand a towering range of mountains called the Wasatch Front. Mount Timpanogos dominates the northern part of the city at 11,957 feet (3,644 meters); these rugged mountains east of Provo create one of the most picturesque backdrops in Utah.
The history of Provo is an interesting page in the history of the Beehive State. Visitors who come to Provo will find several historic sites. These historic sites are cultural resources worthy of preservation as landmarks of the community. Utah Valley was the traditional home of the Ute Native Americans. This people were known also as the Yuta, or the Uta. These Native Americans called Utah Valley home because Utah Lake was full of fish that kept the tribe fed and they were protected from enemies that lived to the Northeast by the Wasatch Front.
Today, Provo is Utah’s second largest city, with a bustling downtown area with its variety of shops and activities and is home to Brigham Young University. It is a city steeped in history, with world-class museums, galleries, performing arts, and family attractions. And, Provo is the ideal starting point to visit the great American Southwest! With the Wasatch to the north, the Unita Wilderness to the east and Utah’s five magnificent National Parks in the south (and the Grand Canyon just beyond), Provo provides endless opportunities for world-class outdoor opportunities. The Utah Valley Convention Center is ideally located in the city center and adjacent to the Provo Marriott and Hyatt Place, offering excellent accommodations. Within minutes, you will be within a thriving district where families and business professionals alike can enjoy the colorful scenery, historic buildings, vintage boutiques and over 50 restaurants. Alternatively, one can break on the roof top garden, offering breathtaking views of the Wasatch Mountains without leaving the venue.
Hotel and Conference Center
Come stroll along the beautiful tree lined streets of Downtown Provo on a lazy afternoon of shopping. From Art Galleries, to clothing stores, to bookstores and antique shops, Downtown Provo has a little something for everyone. Explore the eclectic restaurant culture of downtown Provo and grab a show at Velour, or theRooftop concert series over the summers!
Provo’s historic downtown is influenced by the local Brigham Young and Utah
Valley Universities. The city center has a thriving district where families and business professionals can enjoy their free time. With over 50 independently-owned restaurants featuring local and international cuisine, plus unexpected unique activities and experiences.
Take the Historic Provo Buildings Walking Tour, where historic buildings lock arms around modern structures, a blend of a sublimely walkable, hyperlocal main drag shows a vibrant and fast-growing economy. The wide thoroughfare of the formidable University Avenue intersects with the tree-lined Center Street; were it not for the line of parked contemporary cars you’d think you had stepped back in time gazing on ornamental cornices and decorative facades from another age in architectural design. An unexpected number of those storefronts lure us off the sidewalk with the promise of satiating our sweet tooth, from the Kro-Nut, artisan chocolate, handmade ice cream, piña coladas, custom soda shops, and more.
• 50+ Restaurants
• Vintage Boutiques
• Historic Buildings
• Live Entertainment, Comedy Shows, Virtual Experiences Karaoke, Axe Throwing, and more
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY
Provo is home to Brigham Young University, a private research university in Provo, Utah sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. BYU is well known for its mature and culturally experienced, multi-lingual student body, its world-class teaching and its majestic mountain location. The 557-acre campus nestled at the base of the Wasatch mountains includes 265 buildings featuring a wide variety of architecture styles. The campus includes several museums (see museum section below for details), beautiful landscapes and a variety of educational activities for campus visitors. A visit to the BYU campus can be made with a short ride on the UVX commuter bus with stops near the conference center and at BYU.
BYU CAMPUS TOURS
Tours of the BYU campus are provided to campus visitors by the office of University Relations (https://ur.byu.edu/campus-tours). Visitors to the University will be taken by tour cart throughout campus by an experienced guide who will present the University's rich heritage and unique educational philosophy.
BYU Arts is the producing and presenting organization for the Brigham Young University College of Fine Arts and Communications. The Division of Arts Production provides marketing and production services for the more than 500 annual performances and events sponsored by the Department of Dance, Department of Theatre Arts, Department of The School of Music, and BRAVO! Professional Performing Arts Series. Performances are staged in the Harris Fine Arts Center, Marriott Center, and Richards Building. The division also supports the university’s performing groups in other venues on campus as well as on tour throughout Utah, the United States, and the world.
The Bertrand F. Harrison Arboretum is named in honor of the legendary professor who taught botany for 43 years until his retirement in 1974. As the site plaque states, “Professor Harrison and his students transformed these few acres into an area for study, for relaxation, and for reflection.” The original trees were planted to approximate the United States geographically, including the giant sequoia, common to the Sierra Nevada of California, and the water-loving bald cypress, typically found in the Gulf region. The amphitheater was donated by the class of 1980 and 1981.
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
Utah Valley is ripe with historical museums, nature-centered museums, art museums, and interactive playful museums--there's something for everyone.
BYU MUSEUM OF ART
One of the largest and best-attended art museums in the Mountain West, the BYU Museum of Art, offers a dynamic exhibition schedule that includes displays of its permanent collection, world-class traveling shows, and thought-provoking exhibitions organized by museum curators. One of the museum’s most important roles is its contribution to the academic mission of Brigham Young University. From the research and study of the artworks in the permanent collection, to the teaching and learning that occurs in classrooms and galleries, the museum plays an important role in the academic pursuits of many students at BYU. The museum also seeks to connect to broad community audiences through exhibitions and educational programming.
BYU MONTE L. BEAN LIFE SCIENCE MUSEUM
The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum is a dynamic repository and trustee for a remarkable group of biological collections. These collections are used to celebrate the role of Jesus Christ as Creator, while enhancing student learning and mentoring and promoting faculty teaching and research. They also serve as a unique venue for inviting the public and scientific community to explore and contemplate intricate biological relationships and processes.
BYU'S MUSEUM OF PEOPLES AND CULTURES
BYU's Museum of Peoples and Cultures researches, preserves, and exhibits artifacts from cultures past and present, housing over 1 million anthropological items from all around the world. The museum began as a repository for the Department of Anthropology, whose expeditions were actively generating collections as early as the 1960s.
SPRINGVILLE MUSEUM OF ART
The Springville Museum of Art is Utah’s first museum for the visual fine arts. Dedicated as a “Sanctuary of Beauty and a Temple of Contemplation” by David O. McKay, the Museum houses over 2,500 works. Utah art, twentieth-century Soviet Realist art and American art, comprise the Museum's permanent collection.
THE MUSEUM OF ANCIENT LIFE
Located at Thanksgiving Point, the Museum of Ancient Life offers a hands-on trip through an amazingly realistic prehistoric world. Kids can dig up their own fossils, construct a giant dinosaur, or build their own private sand valley (complete with real eroding rivers). For a prehistoric adventure you'll never forget, come and enjoy a day here at the Museum of Ancient Life.
The Museum of Ancient Life exhibits fossil specimens representing every geological period from the Precambrian to modern times. Featuring more than 120 skeletons, 63 interactive exhibits, and hundreds of smaller fossil remains, it ranks as one of the world's largest permanent exhibitions of ancient life.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF UTAH
The state museum of natural history, located in Salt Lake City, provides an introduction to the science on display in Utah's remarkable landscape! With engaging exhibits and more than 5,000 artifacts on display, the Museum features Utah's paleontology discoveries, fascinating gems and minerals found world-wide, preserved artifacts from Utah's prehistoric peoples, and stories told by the five Native nations that lie within the state's boundaries. Journey to the top of a three-story indoor Canyon. Wander through Utah's dinosaurs and animal life. Interact with earthquakes, erosion, and our digital globe to discover how the earth's surface and the Great Salt Lake have changed over time. Hear stories of Utah's native peoples, past and present. Enjoy breath-taking views from our observatory deck. Hike the Bonneville Shoreline trail. Experience natural history as only Utah can reveal it. Conclude your visit by shopping at the Museum Store for unique jewelry, toys, and gift items.
Hiking in Utah Valley is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the mountains and natural beauty here. There are trails for all people, ranging from easy "walks in the park" to challenging climbs up mountain tops.
Utah Valley's golf courses include the nationally-ranked Thanksgiving Point golf course designed by Johnny Miller; it is the largest golf course in the state and was ranked among the top ten new courses in the country by Golf Digest. Hobble Creek golf course in Springville has been rated by Golf Digest magazine at 4.5 stars and is "one of the best values in North America," according to the magazine. Talons Cove Golf Club, located in Saratoga Springs, was the site of the 2005 & 2006 Utah Open.
- Cedar Hills Golf Club, https://cedarhillsgolfutah.com/
- Timpanogos Golf Course, https://www.timpanogosgolf.com/
- Fox Hollow Golf Club, https://www.foxhollowutah.com/
- Gladston Golf Course, https://gladstan.com/
- Hobble Creek Golf Course, https://www.springville.org/golf/
- The Links at Sleepy Ridge, https://www.sleepyridgegolf.com/
- Thanksgiving Point Golf Club, https://thanksgivingpoint.org/experience/golf-club/
- The Oaks at Spanish Fork, https://www.theoaksatsf.com/
- The Ranches Golf Club, https://theranchesgolfclub.com/