Up until this recently, heading to Utah was just a quiet blip on our radar and casually mentioned as a possible destination when discussing family travel plans. But now? We can’t seem to escape the idea. Everyone from the moms and dads on the playground at school, to our friends across social media are talking about Cedar City, and I’m thinking it’s finally our turn for a visit.
I decided to do a little digging and find out for myself what all the fuss is about. I wasn’t too far into the process that I discovered I really liked what I was finding out about Cedar City and neighboring town Brian Head. And just like that, Utah has become a contender to our summertime adventure. Cedar City is home to a variety of destinations for visitors of all ages, with opportunities to hike, pan for gold, learn to rope cows and camp, fish, or mountain bike.
5 Reasons to Visit Cedar City in 2016
Reason One: IG Winery
Did someone say, “Wine?” Fun fact: Cedar City is home to Southern Utah’s one and only winery. IG Winery has been the recipient of several gold and silver medals at the Grand Harvest Wine competition in addition to the International Wine Competition Sommelier Challenge. Open to the public, the premier winery offers tastings on-site at The Iron Gate Inn Bed & Breakfast.
Reason Two: Exploring the Arts
Home to one of the oldest and largest Shakespearean festivals in North America, the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival produces five months of plays and musicals June through October. Also opening this summer is a new Beverly Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, which will house the newest additions to the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Southern Utah Museum of Art, operated by graduate and undergraduate students.
Known as “Utah’s best kept secret” Brian Head Ski Resort offers The Greatest Snow on Earth®, with annual average snowfall of over 360 inches, covering over 650 acres. Brian Head also incorporates Terrain Based Learning™ for beginner ski and snowboard lessons thanks to their partnership with SNOW Operating and Snow Park Technologies.
Reason Four: Frontier Homestead State Park Museum
The museum portion of the state park is home to an impressive collection of pioneer artifacts and horse-drawn vehicles. It’s the perfect day activity for curious families.
Reason Five: Star Parties
Can you say, “Right up our alley?” The Southern Utah Space Foundation is responsible for astronomy events that feature planets, stars, meteor showers and our favorite…marshmallows. This summer celebrate Summer Solstice at the Parowan Gap, the Perseid Meteor Shower at Three Peaks and Cedar Breaks National Monument Star Parties. Due to its high elevation and remote location, Cedar Breaks is known for one of the darkest night skies in the country.
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