In the early 20th century, a twisted ringmaster led his shadowy circus around the country, enticing visitors with his horrifying freak show. Mysterious disappearances followed the circus wherever it went—outcast and orphan children were especially quick to vanish. The ringmaster kept his stolen freaks in animal-like conditions, until one day they rose up against him in rebellion. These new ringmasters had a thirst for blood—and revenge.
The Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus now appears each autumn, showing off its sinister collection of clowns and man-beast hybrids. The circus occupies more than 20 haunted tractor-trailers, daring brave visitors to enter and join the show.
After restful nights in their satellite-TV- and WiFi-equipped rooms, guests at Comfort Inn meander down to the hotel’s dining room to fuel up for the day ahead with a complimentary hot breakfast. Post-breakfast, they can be spotted splashing in the indoor heated pool or taking off to explore nearby attractions such as Timpanogos Cave or Alta Ski Resort. A pet-friendly establishment, Comfort Inn welcomes furry companions and sassy cartoon sidekicks to tag along for an additional fee.
A mere half mile down the road from Comfort Inn, aquanauts of all ages revel in the crystalline waters of Cowabunga Bay. The '60s-themed park keeps bathing suits hydrated thanks to its sprawling assortment of attractions, including Cowabunga Splash, a six-story water play structure replete with bridges, tunnels, and upwards of 300 interactive water features. A fleet of nine water slides helps adventurers to meet their daily adrenaline quotas, and the gentle Cowabunga River ferries inner-tube riders along its lazy waters. Chefs bustle about the onsite Cowabunga Island Grille, silencing growling tummies with pizzas and burgers, and shaded cabanas can be rented for private dining and lounging.
Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
Square 1 Fitness' around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Square's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Square's friendly, un-intimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Gamin Ride treats guests of all ages to a mobile gaming experience that features a trailer with 16 seats perched in front of high-definition screen. Multi-sensory gaming stations connect to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii consoles, while Gamin Ride's retractable awning shades an outdoor theater with two Wii-equipped 50-inch TVs. Besides video games, Gamin Ride's theater enlivens parties with activities such as sumo wrestling and laser tag.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.