After last year, virtually everyone is ready to catch up on vacation this summer. Travel Pulse Reports that the Transportation Security Administration predicts a busy summer for travelers, especially now that so many people have been vaccinated.
If you’d rather skip the long lines at the airport and crowded theme parks, there’s plenty of fun right here in Utah. For a scenic adventure you won’t forget, fill up and take a road trip through central Utah.
Here’s a look at what you might enjoy along the way.
Grab a bite to eat and see mammoth bones in Fairview
If you are traveling from north to south, Fairview is the first stop on your scenic adventure. According to Hobo trip, you will quickly fall in love with this small town.
“Fairview is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit. You will be amazed at some of the unique things to do and places you can explore in this hidden destination,” the website states.
Start your road trip off right with a bite to eat at the Corner Station Deli. Yelp Reviewers go crazy for delicious salads and sandwiches – and they now serve breakfast! You get a belly full of great tasting food and the satisfaction of knowing you’ve backed a small business. Win-win.
Then stop at Fairview History Museum and enjoy watching the mammoth bones on display. (The best part? It’s free.)
Pick up handcrafted items from the Ephraim Co-op
One of the best parts of a road trip is the treasures you find along the way. If you are looking for a truly unique gift for someone or a souvenir from your trip, visit the Ephraim Cooperative. Their mission is to “provide a place for local artisans and artists to share what they are doing in a cooperative environment, and to provide a place where people can find unique handmade gift items.”
You might find a t-shirt, keychain, or piece of art that catches your eye. To see what’s new, check out their Facebook page.
Discover the Pioneer Heritage Gardens in Manti
If you are visiting Manti, you cannot pass up an opportunity to visit the historic Manti Temple. Although the temple itself has limited access due to COVID-19, you can still enjoy the Pioneer heritage gardens just outside the temple. The gardens include a reflecting pond, amphitheater, statue, and pathways emphasizing the stories and values of the pioneers. It is the perfect place to stop and meditate or take a photo.
Go swimming in Gunnison Park
The small town of Gunnison is a good stopover if you are traveling with young children who want to stretch their legs in the local park.
“During the day our large park with its refreshing swimming pool and beautiful gardens, fireplace and other picnic facilities invite passing travelers to stay awhile and enjoy our warm hospitality. Swings, swings and a ball playground provide fun for participants and spectators alike. declares the city website.
Explore Palisade State Park
For superb outdoor recreation, don’t miss a visit to Palisade State Park. Play 18-hole golf, rent a pedal boat or canoe for the Palisade Reservoir, and grab a bite to eat at the Lakeside Grill. You can even set up a camp if you want.
“Great people, a beautiful lake, lots of space, lots of water toys to rent. The cost to enter the park is only $ 10 per vehicle. Lots of trees for shade. Several restrooms / baths. Everyone had a great time, “wrote one. TripAdvisor reviewer.
Stroll through the Historical Museum of Miss Mary in Salina
If you’re heading to Salina and want to protect yourself from the sun, the Miss Mary Historical Museum is a great option.
According to Hobo trip, “The Miss Mary Historical Museum is a great example of places to put on your must-see list in Salina. This local museum is the key to understanding Salina’s past and heritage and the architecture of this local landmark. is sure to grab your attention before you even walk through the entrance. The museum is your best glimpse into Utah’s pioneer past and the artifacts inside are sure to capture your imagination. “
According to the museum Facebook page, the building itself is a former Presbyterian church built in 1884. It is registered with the Utah Historical Society. So even if you go to the local history museum, you will also find yourself in a historic building!
Visit the Fishlake National Forest
If you want to continue exploring after reaching Interstate 70, cross Fishlake National Forest is a must. Known for its beautiful aspens, scenic drives, fishing, and wildlife, Fishlake is the perfect stop to cap off your road trip. Utah.com says there are several exploitable lakes, reservoirs and streams with many species of trout, trout and large mackinaw that are a challenge for anglers all year round.
Bring your rod and reel, rent an ATV and get ready for an unforgettable experience.
Fill up on adventure this summer in Utah
Before you hit the road, be sure to refuel at your local Maverik station. With locations all over Utah, Maverik is the first stop on the adventure. Fuel up, grab some snacks and drinks, and hit the road with confidence.