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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Travel to Northern Utah

As summer winds down, children go back to school and cooler weather comes in take a moment for one final family vacation at a destination that holds adventure, beauty and fun for every member of the family. A trip to Northern Utah is just what the vacation gods ordered.

Not only is the area beautiful with spectacular snow-capped mountains, but it is home to a variety of activities and experiences. A vast majority of vacationers travel to Utah during peak skiing season, which is something the area is known for, but there’s a lot to do. Here’s a short list of some of the other favorite spots:

If you’re an animal lover then Antelope Island State Park is a perfect outing for you. Even if you aren’t it’s a definite must see because there’s so much to do. Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake is a 28,000-acre island that’s home to big horn sheep, pronghorn antelope, 250 species of birds, wild deer, coyotes, jackrabbits, and the popular bison who are more than 600 strong. You can take a wildlife safari, enjoy sea kayaking, relax on an island cruise or enjoy the experience on horseback.

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is a 74,000-acre location that hosts shorebirds and waterfowl on the banks of the Great Salt Lake. The property consists of open water, marsh, mudflats, wet meadows and ponds, and a center that features interactive bird displays where visitors can hear the sounds of birds, learn about the life forms in the refuge and purchase souvenirs to take the experience home with them.

Taking a horse-drawn wagon ride through the grounds of the American West Heritage Center is educational and entertaining. You’ll not only learn about blacksmithing, making apple cider and woodworking, but you’ll also see live demonstrations by volunteers dressed in period attire. Sit in a teepee, pull a handcart and participate in workshops… it’s all a wonderful taste of history.

Ogden’s George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park is a favorite of children and adults. It’s home to a collection of more than 100 prehistoric predators, marine animals and even flying reptiles. After checking out the grounds, the museum and the educational building, kids will love relaxing with a little play by sliding down the tree slide, begging for toys in the adventure shop or grabbing a snack at the cafĂ©.

For more information on what there is to see and do in Northern Utah, check out the Davis Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (or, of course, click on any of the links here) and schedule your trip today!
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