A break from our regularly scheduled programming – we’re going to turn our attention to destinations. It’s been a minute since we’ve done a travel highlight but being quarantined in our home, we are feeling the itch to get on a plane and go just about anywhere! We are sure that you are feeling the same, so we wanted to offer a little wanderlust.
One of the places in the United States that few people turn to for summer vacations, is Utah. It’s a well-known winter destination with skiing and the Sundance Film Festival – but often unrecognized publicly is it’s gorgeous landscape as a summer destination. It’s home to a number of national parks that offer a variety of activities for everyone and unforgettable views.
Our principal planner, Kelly Soule, discovered it’s beauty when she was working for the Sundance Film Festival. She shares her favorite places to visit and photos from her travels to inspire you to make your post-quarantine plans!
Top Recommendations in Park City:
- High West Distillery & Restaurant
- No Name Bar
- Montage Resort
- Deer Valley Ski Resort
- Olympic Ski Park
Moab: Canyonlands and Arches National Parks
One of the most special places in the United States is Moab, UT. Home to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, it's a small tourist town that serves as a hub for hikers, bikers and campers coming to explore the beautiful sites. Each park offers individual sights and you'll definitely want to ensure you plan for a full day in each. There's plenty of trails if you like to hike or bike but if you prefer to drive and take in the sights, there's options for that too!
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon offers sights you've never seen before. A truly work of magic by mother nature, the amazing red-orange-pink sandstone sculptures offer beautiful surroundings for hiking, biking and camping.
For animal lovers, one of the most impressive sights we have seen is on Antelope Island. Just 30 minutes outside of downtown Salt Lake City, the island now is home close to 700 free roaming bison. Driving through the island you can see them roaming the fields or crossing the street in front of your car. We've never been somewhere where you can get as up close and personal to a creature living it's natural habitat! It's not to miss.
Zion National Park
The first National Park in Utah, Zion National Park is another not to miss. Just a little over an hour from Bryce, Zion offers similar redstone views with that additional of their emerald pools. Majestic waterfalls and glistening pools offer refreshing spots for hikers and biker to sit back, relax and take in the views.
Over the past 5 years, Nashville has exploded as one of the top Bachelorette destinations in the country. Groups of girls have been packing up their cowboy boots and heading for the country music capital of the world. Whether a country music fan or not, there is something for everyone that will guarantee to leave a lasting impression of this colorful city.
Here are our Top 5 insights with something for everyone:
One of the most versatile places i've seen, Pinewood Social appeals to anyone. Whether you are looking for somewhere to post up with a cup of coffee and your laptop, meeting friends for happy hour, bowl with your family, or soak up the sun and overlook the river, it checks all the boxes. While off the beaten path a little bit, it's a great retreat to spend an afternoon or evening with yourself OR group of friends.
#WhatLiftsYou Wings Mural
We have been lucky enough to plan events all over the world. Even if we are traveling for professional reasons, we always try to slip in some fun and explore as much as we can.
Las Vegas is one of our favorite places in the United States. That's definitely a personal preference because we understand it's not for everyone, but if you enjoy food, entertainment, gambling, shopping, adventure, recreation - literally just about anything - you can find something for you!
We have traveled there professionally, in our 20's with 9 other girls, even with our parents for their 60th birthday, so we like to think we've seen a little bit of all the sides of the city.
Here's our Top 5 to dos to be sure to add to your itinerary that work for ANYONE planning a trip to lively destination:
For lack of a better term (they call it an "observation wheel") this is the best ferris wheel I have been on. First, you're inside, none of that dangling anxiety for anyone with a fear of heights. Second, you have full 360 views of the city. If you have just arrived, it's perfect to get a sense of direction and see where all those favorite landmarks are. Third, it's only 30 minutes! A quick touristy activity that I promise will have any impact.
This is great for all ages, but if you're in Vegas to enjoy the 21+ lifestyle, their "Happy Half Hour" is a must.
If your looking for a break for the flashing lights, blasting AC and slot machine bells, take a half day trip to the Hoover Dam. I don't really feel like I can accurately describe how impressive it is. I promise it will not disappoint. It's only 45 minutes from the Strip, so easy to rent a car to take advantage of the many tour options (including a helicopter?).
Cirque du Soleil - ANY
A Las Vegas classic. If you haven't had the opportunity to see any Cirque du Soleil shows ANYWHERE, but let alone Vegas, I highly recommend it. There are themes and music for any interest and they are pure entertainment. Not only will you be mesmerized in your seat, but if you to Love (The Beatles themed) or One (Michael Jackson themed) - you'll be singing in your seat too.
Enjoy some of our favorite tips, tricks and select event highlights!