Hotel at a Glance: Hampton Inn and Suites Ogden
Situated in downtown Ogden, Historic 25th Street boomed with the completion of the first transcontinental railroad back in 1869. Union Station welcomed visitors from all over the country looking to enjoy the shops, restaurants, and lively saloons that lined the road. Today, the area is still a popular hangout, with art galleries, coffee shops, and several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The street hosts year-round festivals such as Ogden Pioneer Days and the Harvest Moon Festival. From Hampton Inn and Suites Ogden, it’s easy to enjoy all that Historic 25th Street has to offer—the recently-renovated hotel is just one block away.
- Take a dip: In the oversized, indoor hot tub
- Hot breakfast items: Oatmeal and make-your-own waffles
- Distance to the Great Salt Lake: Roughly 12 miles or 100,000 pogo-stick jumps
- Get an adrenaline rush: At Lagoon amusement park, which has more than 45 exciting rides (two of this Getaway’s options include two daily passes)
- Why visit now: Ogden Pioneer Days, a three-week festival with outdoor concerts, rodeos, and farmers markets, kicks off on July 5. Renovations to the rooms, lobby, hallways, and more were also completed this month.
Ogden, Utah: Historic Settlement with Lots of Outdoor Adventure
In 1869, the settlement of Ogden underwent a big transformation with the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. The linking of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific lines brought thousands of visitors to the rural farming community—and with them came gambling, prostitution, and the drug trade. Al Capone once remarked that Ogden was too wild a town, even for him. You can learn more about the early days at Union Station, a historic train depot that houses the Utah State Railroad Museum.
Today, the city has left its sordid past behind in favor of rugged outdoor adventure. Visitors can explore the nearby Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest on hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. Indian Trail, a 4.3-mile pathway that takes you from 22nd Street into Ogden Canyon, is a moderate trek with plenty of good lookout points.
For even better views of the canyon, hop on the Ogden River Scenic Byway. The road wends through the national forest, providing easy access to ski resorts in the winter and Pineview Reservoir in the summer, when you can fish for tiger muskie and go wakeboarding on calm waters.
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