A certain, spooky aura hangs around Haunted Kay's Cross, mostly because the Kaysville landmark is shrouded in mystery. Nobody knows its true origins, and nobody knows what brought about its destruction more than two decades ago. Still, what remains of the cross?and the seemingly haunted land that surrounds it?draws hoards of brave investigators every year, especially around Halloween. The cross once loomed at an intimidating 20-feet tall, 13-feet wide; now, it sits at the center of a chilling legend and numerous stories about its past.
Most people wait until their car develops an ecosystem in its wheel well before deciding it's time to clean it. Travel Clean won't judge you for your procrastination. Instead, the friendly staff will guide you into the car-wash tunnel. All you'll have to do is relax while Travel Clean's massive army of Three Laws––compliant car-care robots––wade into the mess and give your car a pristine cleaning while eerily chanting, "Wash, wax, restore." You won't have to get out of the car, ruin your suede shoes, or make small talk with the weird waiting-room clown. While you do whatever one does in the privacy of a car wash, your car will get a refreshing undercarriage cleaning, a Wheel Brite treatment to clean the dirt and break dust from your wheels, and a patented silicon wax to go with your renewed sparkle.
As featured on the Travel Channel, Castle of Chaos conjures screams and scares for all those who enter its nightmarish realm. Spooks await visitors within the mansion, asylum, and dungeon at the Friday the 13th-themed Taylorsville location while the Riverdale facility coaxes guests into its creepy 3-D carnival and a haunted house modeled after the seven deadly sins. Riverdale participants can also settle into a coffin for a simulated journey from mortuary to graveyard or explore a menacing midway's games, live entertainment, and concessions. Continually rearranged rooms at both houses ensure that feng shui is maintained and repeat scare-seekers will frequently embark on new trips of terror.
In addition to harvesting 300 acres of vegetables, the family behind Black Island Farms strives to succeed in the "agri-tainment" business. To this end, they host field trips and autumnal visits, proving that rural living is far from monotonous. Their courtyard houses more than 20 attractions for families—there's a mountain of straw, a bounce house, and even pig races. Four tractors rumble as they tow hay wagons around the estate and cross into the pumpkin patch. There, passengers disembark and pick out a complimentary pumpkin, choosing by touch or by noting which one moves when they shout "Here, boy!"
Carrots, onions, cabbage, and squash all grow on the farm, but corn often takes the spotlight. That's because in the fall, 26 acres of cornfield transform into multiple mazes called Cornfield MAiZE. The mazes have twists and turns that are appropriate for a wide range of age groups, and when Halloween rolls around, a haunted variant also appears as part of Nightmare Acres.
It can be tough to visit dinosaurs and outer space in the same day without a time machine and a rocket ship. But Visit Salt Lake's Connect Pass provides a loophole. It grants access to 13 Utah attractions, encouraging families to explore Salt Lake City and beyond. Those using the Connect Pass can see savings of up to 80% on combined admission costs.
At Clark Planetarium, for example, visitors go far beyond the Great Salt Lake and Earth itself, becoming dwarfed by the cosmos inside the Dome Theatre. The Leonardo Museum brings them back to civilization by merging science and creativity with exhibits such as Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out and a Pixel Playland where kids can manipulate electronic artwork.
Other venues emphasize the beauty and fun found in the natural landscapes of our home planet. Red Butte Garden's 100 acres of local flowers, plants, and trees includes scenic hiking trails, whereas the Utah Olympic Parks lets you choose one of three outdoor adventure courses. And, for those intrigued by animals, Utah's Hogle Zoo presents wildlife that ranges from big cats to sea lions who nuzzle their keepers, similar to the dinosaurs at The Museum of Ancient Life.
The paranormal investigators at Grimm Ghost Tours get up close and personal with Salt Lake City?s most infamous specters during their bone-chilling ghost tours. On these tours?which helped them win the A-List Award for Best City Tour?they guide guests toward local haunts while sharing the city?s grisly past in true tales of murder, mystery, and violence. Groups may leave the city limits behind during the Outer Reaches tour, shuffling off to the unimaginably dark corners that were once Ted Bundy?s hunting grounds. Guides also tell the tainted history of other spooky local sites, sending chills down the spines of guests who explore old Fort Douglas, the Hancock mansion, and the haunted scotch bottles of the Premiere Gentile Gentlemen?s Club. All of Grimm?s paranormal jaunts combine aspects of a bus and walking tour, quickly shuttling those with a morbid curiosity from one site to the next.
For participants looking for a more intense paranormal experience, Grimm Ghost Tours offers ghost hunts at a haunted site, during which they teach guests the techniques and mortal perils of the ghost-hunting business. Once the sun sets, the brave guests join their tour guides as they use specialized equipment to scour their destination for clues and signs of life after death.