Sightseeing in Utah


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  • Utah's Hogle Zoo
    Traditionally, if you wanted to find out the length of a giraffe's tongue, you'd have to hide in a tree with a ready hand and a yardstick. Utah's Hogle Zoo has streamlined the process, however: one of its animal encounters allows guests to feed the long-necked creatures alongside a keeper, who will happily tell you that their purple tongues stretch for 20 inches. The giraffes are just one of more than 800 animals inside the zoo grounds. Spanning 42 acres of verdant hillside property, the exhibits strive to showcase fauna in arenas that mimic their natural habitats. The polar bear inside Rocky Shores—the zoo's largest exhibit to date—lumbers through a landscape inspired by North America's western coast, with a pool that affords guests underwater views of the bear’s attempts to secure its swim cap. Snow leopards, Siberian lynxes, and amur tigers prowl the Himalayan-inspired scenery of the Asian Highlands. At Elephant Encounter's African Lodge, visitors can touch an elephant skull or a rhino horn before glimpsing the pachyderms in the flesh. Summer shows send eagles and hawks swooping overhead in the Wildlife Theatre. From loping wolves and toothy crocodiles to the sagely gorillas of the Great Apes house, the beasts all benefit from the staff's enrichment efforts, which encourage learning as well as instinctual behaviors. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Utah's Hogle Zoo demonstrates a commitment to wildlife conservation that extends beyond its gates. Many of its special events contribute funds to preservation programs. For example, the Orange Utahn Art show raises donations for endangered primates, selling original works by both local artists and the zoo's orangutans, who compose colorful paintings. Guests can even get a closer look at imperiled species by saddling up on top of one—the Conservation Carousel arrays 42 hand-carved sculptures of at-risk animals, such as the red panda, the giant panda, and the false panda, which is just a black poodle that rolled in some paint.
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    2600 Sunnyside Ave.
    Salt Lake City, UT US
  • CLAS Ropes Course
    Benjamin Allen believes outdoor pursuits can positively influence those in need. This belief has led him all over the continent, building a ropes course for an orphanage in Mexico and setting up two courses for troubled youth at Provo Canyon School, a bit closer to home. Wanting to share his knowledge of nature with the public, he set up a course, CLAS Ropes Course, near Utah Lake nearly 20 years ago. Benjamin and his crew have since erected more than 50 ropes courses around the country, continuing to inspect ropes and train others how to run them. CLAS Ropes Course continues to grow each year, creating obstacles such as a giant swing that releases passengers 40 feet in the air, a 400-foot zipline that whizzes through forest canopy, and a "leap of faith," where adventure seekers jump from a treetop platform to a trapeze. A log balance beam hung 30 feet above the ground and a 24-foot-tall rock-climbing tower test agility and endurance, and a fleet of 20 canoes lets paddlers navigate a mile and a half of river. Many of these structures play host to team-building activities focused on developing a group's creativity and tolerance for hearing one another sing. Staff members tailor their instruction to families, dating groups, or athletic teams. They often apply their approach to athletes, such as a professional golfer who traveled all the way from Texas hoping to conquer her fear of not qualifying for tournaments. She defeated the log balance beam, departed victorious, and qualified during her next tryout two weeks later.
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    3606 West Center Street
    Provo, UT US
  • Cavorite Aviation
    All instructors at Cavorite Aviation have a minimum of four years teaching experience, and draw from this know-how to provide their students with fun and flexible lessons. Learning takes place both on the ground and in the air, behind the controls of an Alrus CH2T Trainer, a top quality aircraft that provides students with a safe learning environment.
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    South Valley Regional Airport
    West Jordan, UT US
  • Whole Body Cleansing
    After years of illness that eluded doctors and prescription medicine, Whole Body Cleansing founder Mia Magistro turned to natural, holistic therapies to heal her body. Now, Magistro strives to help her clients to kick-start their own natural healing process through colonics and liver cleanses. Ailing organs may benefit from gentle cleanses that sluice out built-up toxins and swallowed secret documents. Whole Body Cleansing also offers care for arthritis as well as conditions ranging from diabetes to fatigue and insomnia. To set minds and bodies at ease, they ensconce patients in private treatment rooms replete with hardwood floors and pale-blue walls.
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    1099 South Orem Blvd.
    Orem, UT US
  • Visit Salt Lake
    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.
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    Highway 210 Little Cottonwood Canyon
    Sandy, UT US
  • Union Grill
    Serving a range of tasty food and drink, Union Grill in Ogden will have you thinking about seconds (or thirds). Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Union Grill, though, so plan to indulge a bit. Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — Union Grill offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond. Parents, bring your kids along to Union Grill, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience. Union Grill is well-known for being able to seat large parties. Casual dining at its best, Union Grill customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt. For the tastes of Union Grill from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services. For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go. At Union Grill, you can park your car in seconds with the nearby street and lot parking options. Travel by bike to Union Grill and store your bike at a nearby rack. An average meal at Union Grill will set you back about $30. At Union Grill, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
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    2501 Wall Avenue
    Ogden, UT US
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