Attractions November 25, 2020
9 Picture-Perfect Destinations That Prove Winter In Utah Valley Is Positively Magical
Tucked away in North Central Utah under the shelter of the magnificent Wasatch Mountain Range awaits a destination fondly known as Happy Valley. For outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, foodies, and travelers, there are few places more memorable.
Utah Valley is a destination for all seasons, yet we’d argue that wintertime is the most magical. From restorative hot springs to exhilarating slopes, dazzling trails, and food that will warm your soul, there are endless destinations to be discovered. Without further ado, here are some picture-perfect destinations in Utah County that will restore your appreciation for winter.
1. Frozen Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Utah County. While most enjoy this hiking destination in warmer months, experiencing the falls frozen in place is a bucket list experience. There's something utterly enchanting about this frozen waterfall: the way the sunlight sparkles and reflects the ice, the awe-inspiring silence, and the sheer magnitude of it all.
Bridal Veil Falls
is located up
, along Highway 189.
2. Luminaria at Thanksgiving Point
Have you ever wondered what 6,500 programmable luminaries might look like under the dazzling night sky? This is the experience you can look forward to at the annual Luminaria at Thanksgiving Point, taking place from November 20th, 2020 through January 2nd, 2021. Visitors of all ages will be spellbound as they make their way through the illuminated Ashton Gardens. Curious to learn more? You can visit the website and
reserve your tickets now
3. Sundance Mountain Resort
Sundance Mountain Resort
offers something for every kind of winter adventurer. Whether your ideal resort itinerary involves a cozy log cabin up in the mountains, an exhilarating 65-mile-per-hour zip line tour, or snowshoeing trails, you'll find something to pique your interest here.
The Nordic Center
is the perfect spot for those looking for a backcountry experience with expert guides and rental equipment. There are 450 skiable acres at Sundance!
4. Fifth Water Hot Springs
Did you know you could hike to emerald hot springs for the perfect winter soak?
Fifth Water Hot Springs
near Spanish Fork are accessible via a 2.5-mile trail. This moderate trail features a steady incline before reaching the beautiful blue soaking pools. Don't forget to bring a towel! Also, be sure to refer to the
USDA Forest Service website
before planning your trip, as the hot springs area is sometimes closed to the public.
5. Silver Lake Trail
Winter hiking in Utah Valley is equal parts challenging and rewarding. If you have the right equipment and you feel prepared to embark on a snowy adventure, American Fork Canyon's Silver Lake Trail is a great option. With scenery at every turn, the trail meanders past frozen rivers and unforgettable views of Mount Timpanogos. Learn more about Silver Lake Trail and other nearby trails to ensure your
winter hiking in Utah Valley
is a great experience.
6. Mozz Pizza
Does pizza qualify as a picture-perfect destination? We think so! While exploring all that Utah Valley has to offer, you'll likely work up quite an appetite. Head on over to
and enjoy a little slice of Italy in the form of made-to-order wood-fired pizzas. Of course, pizza is just the beginning of the remarkable culinary scene that awaits in Utah Valley. Learn all about the
incredible restaurants you can enjoy
, from fine dining to barbecue and everything in between.
7. The Shops at Riverwoods
Who knew that a shopping mall could be so magical? The Shops at Riverwoods go all out for the holidays, from musical performances to light displays and all kinds of festivities. Located in Provo, this mall is home to a wonderful array of shops where you'll find the perfect souvenir or gift from your trip to Utah Valley. Learn more by visiting
The Shops at Riverwoods online
8. Pond Town Lights
Looking for a family-friendly activity that won't cost you a dime? The Pond Town Lights display belongs at the top of your list. Each year,
puts together a Nativity Display for all to enjoy. The reflection of the water only adds to the magic. So bundle up, grab some hot chocolate, and take part in this annual event, scheduled from November 27th, 2020 through January 1st, 2021.
9. The Chocolate: A Dessert Cafe
If you're in need of a little sugar rush, you can't go wrong with a trip to The Chocolate in Orem. It's here you'll find a treasure trove of baked goodies, made-from-scratch cakes, seasonal delights, and, of course, plenty of hot chocolate to go around. Learn more about
and why it belongs on your winter itinerary.
No matter if you’re seeking rest and relaxation or an adrenaline-pumping adventure, you’ll find there’s a healthy dose of magic in the air this time of year. Utah Valley truly has a little something for everyone. Learn more about activities, adventures, attractions, and day-to-day itineraries by visiting the
Explore Utah Valley website or following along on Facebook. Address: Utah County, UT, USA