First Time Visitors to Utah

by Angela
(New York)

My family and I are planning to visit Utah this summer.My sister lives in Sandy,and is still very new to the area. What are the "must sees,must do's??? We plan to visit for a week,but are contemplating an extra week,as this will be our first visit.

We call NY our home,and are wondering what we should prepare for? Climate wise?? Differences both favorable and unfavorable?? What activities are there this time of year? And what attractions are there near Sandy? We thought it would be great fun to rent a cabin near a lake for part of our visit,and possibly a home for the other??? Any suggestions and info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.


Hi Angela

I apologize for the delay answering your questions. I’m in the process … more like a retooling … of updating my website and blog.

Short answer on “must sees”. Download my free ebook. Available all over my website. I’m in the process of updating and revising it but almost everything on there is still valid.

- Climate wise during the summer. Hot and dry. Anywhere from the mid-80’s to 100 degrees but without the humidity you would be used to. If you want pleasant summer temperatures, go to the mountains. Park City, Snowbird, and any of the “ski” resorts. Prepare for summer showers in the mountains.

- Activities – once again, all over my site. But your best bet would be mountain activities – mountain biking, hiking, etc. Park City is a winter and summer … year-round … resort town. You can do just about anything you want up there and it’s only 20 minutes up I-80 from Salt Lake City.

World-class flyfishing nearby in the Provo River. Standup kayaking on Jordanelle. Rent a boat on Jordanelle. Rent jet skis at Jordanelle.

Fantastic fishing at Strawberry Reservoir. Alpine slide … down the green ski slopes … at Park City. Mountain biking at all of these places.

- Sandy is a suburb of Salt Lake City so look at my site for any Salt Lake City attractions and you’ll be in the area.

- Rent a cabin near a lake? I don’t know your budget but do online searches for cabins near Park City, Heber, Midway, Jordanelle Reservoir, Strawberry Reservoir, Oakley, the Uintas. All are within 45 minutes of Salt Lake City and Sandy and all are near water.

- Rent a home? Depending on your budget, the Salt Lake Valley on the east side or Park City/Heber/Midway.

Hope this helps.


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