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Gasoline prices are at record highs, and as a result, travel will look a little different this summer. A CNBC article indicates that high gas prices affect the destination of almost 85% of people who plan to travel. To avoid the gas price fiasco altogether, you can stay home in Utah and enjoy a summer you won’t soon forget.
Utah may have “the greatest snow on earth,” but an abundance of fresh air, mountain views, and family-friendly activities mean our summers shine just as bright as the famous winters. Whatever outdoor activity you choose, protect your skin and eyes with sunscreen and sunglasses.
Here are five ways to have fun close to home this summer without traveling too much or breaking the bank.
Staycation is the new holidays
Luckily for Utahans, world-class destinations like Park City are within an hour’s drive of most parts of the Salt Lake Valley. Escape to the fresh air of the Wasatch Mountains for a staycation, with options ranging from luxurious five-star hotels like Stein Eriksen Lodge or Montage Deer Valley to smaller lodges and inns. Pro tip: many luxury ski resorts offer rooms at very reduced prices during the summer off-season!
Midway is a gem in the Heber Valley, just down the road from Park City. It offers unique Swiss-inspired architecture, delicious bakeries, and outdoor activities like mountain biking near Soldier Hollow. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a dip in the hot spring pool inside Homestead Crater.
If you’re located further north, idyllic Huntsville is a fun destination for a little taste of the Wild West. The Shooting Star Saloon will make you feel like a cowboy within its historic dive bar walls, says Visit Ogden. For outdoor adventures, you can take advantage of the nearby Snowbasin Resort for mountain biking, mini-golf, and aerial sightseeing in the Needles Gondola.
Finish that DIY project you’ve been putting off
Summer can’t just be play and no work! Whether it’s pouring that concrete slab to spruce up your yard or finishing off that basement bathroom, summer is a great time for home projects.
If you’re looking to improve the exterior of your home, upgrading your landscaping is a great place to start. Pouring concrete to create an outdoor entertaining space can also add major value and improve the quality of your barbecues and summer gatherings. In fact, homesandgardens.com states that a well-landscaped garden can add up to 10% to your home’s value. Pressure washing your deck, siding, and/or concrete is a great project in good weather to polish curb appeal.
On your shopping list for project supplies, be sure to include Edge Eyewear safety glasses to give you peace of mind. Especially if you work with power tools, safety glasses are a must. They prevent debris and foreign objects from damaging your eyes, which can happen with even the most basic home improvement projects.
To take a walk
Whether you’re a hardcore hiker or a casual nature walker, there’s a plethora of hikes to experience no matter where you live in Utah. Visit Utah has lists of hikes categorized by area so you can find one where you live. The AllTrails website or app makes it easy to filter hikes by difficulty and even for categories such as paved or stroller-friendly. Millcreek Canyon and Cottonwood Canyons both offer lush hiking routes with trees that provide shade from the summer heat. Go climb that mountain!
Finally learn to fly fish
Utah is full of quality trout waters that are an angler’s paradise. The distinct climate and snow-fed rivers and lakes provide incredible and diverse fishing opportunities. Luckily for beginners who want to check it off their bucket list, there’s also an abundance of guided fishing experiences and lessons.
Utah.com offers an inventory of fly fishing guides to the many rivers in the state, whether you want to fish the Provo River, Green River, or others. And although southern Utah is dry and lacking the rivers of northern Utah, there are plenty of reservoirs in southern Utah that provide fishing opportunities if you take a road trip in the one of the national parks.
If you want to increase your chances of success, the right glasses can make a huge difference. Lenses that block UV light will allow you to see through glare on the water’s surface so you can spot fish lurking below.
Go for a bike ride
If you live along the Wasatch Front, chances are you’re not far from one of Utah’s many paved trails. From the Jordan River Trail to the Legacy Parkway Trail and the Ogden Parkway, there is an almost endless network of quality, car-free tarmac to cover a few miles.
The Jordan River Trail spans a 40-mile stretch beginning at Utah Lake and following the Jordan River through Utah County and to Salt Lake. The path is beautiful for all levels of cycling – from families pulling children in bike trailers to experienced cyclists. It’s also part of what’s called the “Golden Spoke,” a network of trails that stretches more than a hundred miles between Ogden and Provo, says Utah.gov. If you are further north try the Ogden River Trail, and if you are further south try the Provo River Walk.
No matter what part of Utah you live in, there are endless options nearby to explore and enjoy summer right in your backyard. Remember to go on a safe adventure with Edge Eyewear. Visit their website for a wide variety of different safety eyewear, including outdoor and sports sunglasses.