If you are headed to Provo, Utah, and trying to find what to do, then you’re in luck! Here is an insider’s guide to all of the things to do in Provo, Utah!
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We both lived in Provo for several years, and it never ceases to amaze us! Sure, it’s sometimes called a college town because of BYU, but this city is GROWING. With all of the things to do in Provo, it was hard to narrow it down! Combining its natural beauty and easy access to some of the prettiest hikes, with all of the sights to see in Provo, there is always plenty to do. When it came time to put this Provo travel guide together, we had such a hard time narrowing down our favorites! Especially when it came to the food. I’ve done it though and you will love it.
This post has all of the insider information about things to do in Provo.
Top Hotels in Provo
If you are going to Provo, you probably need a place to stay! Here are a few top hotels in Provo that I would recommend.
1 // Hyatt Place Provo
The Hyatt Place Provo is a great hotel in Provo! It is in downtown Provo so you will have easy access to many of the things to do in Provo. You will also be within walking distance to explore downtown Provo and all of the fun little shops. This hotel is fairly new and has some really nice and comfortable rooms.
2 // Sundance Mountain Resort
If you are looking for a good place to stay in Provo, then you’ve got to stay at the Sundance Mountain Resort. It can book up in the winter, but if you are going to Provo in the summer, this area is extra gorgeous! It can be a bit of a splurge, but they take such good care of you when you are a guest at Sundance, that it may be worth it! And the rooms are SO COZY! I mean, look at it!
Things To Do in Provo
I’m so excited to share all of the fun things to do in Provo! I do want to make a little disclaimer first. Most of the travel guides and city guides I do in the United States have things pretty close together. Provo is a little funny because this city is pretty big geographically. Like, a lot bigger than I remember sometimes. Haha. So if some things seem pretty far away from each other, especially as you get up the Provo Canyon, that is why!
1 // Bridal Veil Falls
There is a reason why people say BeUTAHful, and if you head up the Provo Canyon to Bridal Veil Falls, you will see why! These waterfalls are so pretty and you can get right up close without even breaking a sweat! Of course, if you want to get even closer, you will have to do a little bit of climbing.
2 // Vivian Park
Up Provo Canyon and just past Bridal Veil Falls, you will find Vivian Park! This park is such a fun place to spend an afternoon. You will be able to get up close with the Provo River as it rushes down the mountain, take a stroll along the Provo River Parkway (a trail), or do some fun river activities in the summer! There is even a fun playground for kids to play at.
3 // Provo River Parkway
Speaking of the Provo River Parkway, you might be wondering what that is! It is basically a 15-mile trail that starts at Vivian Park. This trail runs all the way down the mountain, following the Provo River for a good portion of it, and then heads west and ends at Utah Lake. Although I haven’t gone on a lot of the trail as it heads to Utah Lake, I love walking, running, and biking the Provo River Parkway through the Provo Canyon. It is SO PRETTY. And so peaceful. We did try riding skateboards down the trail at night when I was in college and although THAT was fun, it was a little scary in the dark. Haha. The northern part of the Provo River Parkway closes between October and April.
4 // Sundance Resort
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If you aren’t a skier or snowboarder, you may be writing this off already, but don’t! There is so much more to the Sundance Resort than just skiing and snowboarding, which of course they have and it is amazing! Sundance does a great job at having activities year-round, whether it’s ziplining, horseback riding, or mountain biking in the summer. They will also do plays on summer nights in an outdoor amphitheater. Our favorite summer activity we have done at the Sundance Resort has been the Full Moon Lift Rides. It is so beautiful up there in the summer and to get to see it from the life on a full moon is so magical. The Halloween Lift Rides in the fall are also really fun!
5 // Alpine Loop Scenic Drive
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The Alpine Loop Scenic Drive (Scenic Byway or Loop Backway) is one of the prettiest drives you can take in Utah! The drive starts up Provo Canyon, past Sundance, and takes you through the Wasatch Mountains. This winding road gives you some amazing views of Mt. Timpanogos as well! You can even find hikes all over the place to explore the area even more. The Alpine Loop is only open in the summer and early fall. If you are looking for things to do in Provo in the fall, you’ve got to drive the Alpine Loop! It is at its peak in the fall with the beautiful colors showing off.
6 // Shops at Riverwoods
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There are so many cute shops to visit and the Provo Beach Resort is always fun. You can even get a little taste of Disneyland by getting yourself a Dole Whip!
7 // BYU Campus
We are both BYU grads and we love visiting campus. There’s so much history at the school and so much yummy ice cream at the BYU Creamery so it’s definitely worth a visit. Also, if you go at the right time of the year, you can see students sleeping all over the place which is always a treat 😉
8 // BYU Football Game
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Josh is a huge BYU fan and so football games are a must in our house. If you’re not a football fan, don’t fret! BYU has plenty of other sports that you can go watch. If you are a BYU student, you can even get yourself a ROC pass and it pays for most (if not all) of the home games for basketball, volleyball, and baseball.
9 // Historic Downtown Provo
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There are so many fun shops and delicious food places that you can never get bored. Not to mention all of the events that Provo puts on there!
10 // Velour
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Provo has seen some pretty famous musicians get their start, like Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees. Velour is where they started out! So if you are a music lover, this is a must-see place while in Provo. Velour still has concerts that you can attend as well!
11 // Y Mountain
At the top of all college freshmen’s bucket list for things to do in Provo is to hike the Y. Now it’s at the top of yours! Or the bottom because technically, it’s last on this list. Either way, not only can it be fun to go up to the Y and get some exercise, but you also get some pretty amazing views of the valley! The view is incredible. You can’t go to Provo and not go up to Y Mountain. If you’re lucky and up visiting Provo during one of the BYU celebrations, you might even see the Y all lit up at night!
That’s it! That was our list of things to do in Provo along with some awesome places to eat! Do you have any other favorites in Provo? Please leave them in the comment section!