The Heart of the Happy Valley: Provo Utah

The Heart of the Happy Valley: Provo Utah

The Beehive State, Utah, is known for Mormons but also famous for its amazing beauty and historical sites. Most of its beauty lies in its largest city, Provo, which is also the county Seat of Utah County. Provo is one of the most favorite destination for tourists in Utah and more than 1 million visitors come to Provo every year. Famous for its rich lifestyle, great cuisine, art, historic culture, rooftop concerts, film festivals, outdoor summer cinemas, mountains and trails, two canyons, hiking & rock climbing site, Provo leaves nothing out of the things a tourist wants from a place. Provo is located 43 miles south of Salt Lake city and provides some great business opportunities for entrepreneurs too because of its low corporate taxes, two universities and Brighom yong. The history of Provo takes us back to 1776, when two non American Indians men entered Utah Valley but failed to get a permanent settlement here. It became a permanent settlement in 1849 when Mormon Pioneers established Brigham young Academy here in Provo. The economy boomed after the establishment of Provo Woolen Mills and today, Provo is one of the strongest economy around.


Because of high altitude, Provo has a humid continental climate with no dry season. The summers are quite hot and the temperature varies from 20 F to 91 F around the year. July is the hottest month of the year with maximum temperature of 91 F and December is the coolest month with minimum temperature of  20 F. Rainfall is experienced around August mostly and Precipitation is at its highest at this time. The best time to visit Provo is during spring when the weather remains favorable most of the times.

How to get here?

how to get here

The nearest international airport to Provo is Salt Lake City International Airport and it also has its Provo Airport Terminal located at Mike Jense Parkway. Salt Lake City International Airport is just 49 km away from Provo and is mostly used by the visitors to come here as it is served by most major airlines. You can reach Provo from airport by airport shuttles, bus, cab, taxi or rental car.

Accommodation and Food

You will find a number of lodging options in Provo, from hotels and motels to bed & breakfasts and hostels, in every price range. There are more than 34 places available in Provo with more than 2800 rooms for every taste. One of the best is Provo Courtyard by Marriott, located at North Freedom Boulevard, features 100 guest rooms, three meeting rooms, work desk, mini refrigerator, renovated bathroom, whirlpool spa, fitness center, guest laundry, restaurant and The Market. Other good options include Springhill Suites by Marriott, TownePlace Suites, Residence Inn by Marriott, Sundance Mountain Resort, Provo Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Baymont Inn and Suites, Hampton Inn Lehi, Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Best Western Timpanogos Inn, Quality Inn, La Quinta Inn and Days Inn at Springville.


All types of eating spots can be found in downtown Provo with a wide assortment of ethnic cuisine. You will love hot dogs and sausages at J Dawgs, Brazillian food at Tucanos Brazilian Grill, Indian food at Bombay House, American and French cuisine at La Jolla Groves, one of the tastiest pizzas at Nicolitalia Pizzeria, Seafood at India palace, Chinese food at Saigon Cafe, Asian food at The Banana Leaf Restaurant, unique sandwiches at Kneaders Bakery & Cafe, dessert & icecream at BYU Creamery, Mexican food at Mountain West Burrito, barbecue at Cubby’s Chicago Beef, Japanese food at Happy Sumo Sushi Bar and Thai food at Spicy Thai.

The Attractions

Brigham Young University


Brigham Young University is a non profit private university owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. It was founded in 1875 and today it is the largest religious university in the country with more than 30000 students. There are 11 colleges on its campus and offers graduation in liberal arts, engineering, management, law and agriculture. The campus of the university covers an area of more than 550 acres and includes 296 buildings with some museums. You will surely like the Museum of Art and The museum of People and Cultures showing exhibits related to archaeology and ethnology. You can take a guided tour of the university anytime you want.

Provo City Library


Provo City Library is a public library located at the N University Avenue in Provo and mentioned in the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1892 and was named as the Provo City Library in 2001. The library features more than 300,000 books, magazine and other media only available to the cardholders and holds a number of programs and events like Teen Book Fest, Family Literacy Symposium etc. The library started its operations in 1908 and received almost 1500 books as donation and a money grant from Andrew Carnegie to start.

Provo Utah Temple


Provo Utah Temple is located at Temple Hill Dr and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. It was opened in 1972 and today it is one of the most famous landmarks of Provo city. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has 140 operating temples around the world and all feature some great work of architecture. You will be amazed after seeing the unique exterior of the temple and some sculptures placed inside the temple. The temple remains open everyday and admission is free.

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