When you travel as a family, it can be hard to find a destination that has something that everyone likes. If you have this issue, or are just looking for a cool new place to add to your travel list, then check out Heber Valley. It’s just 50 minutes from Salt Lake City and 15 minutes from Park City, so you can combine a city escape with an outdoor getaway if you can’t choose one over the other. The fact is, you can find family fun on a budget just a short drive from a major airport.
Where to Stay
If you’re really on a budget and want to get closer to nature, you can pitch a tent or park your RV at campgrounds around the Valley. If you like a little more luxury, there are several great affordable hotels and resorts. I’d recommend checking out Homestead Resort, Holiday Inn Express, Midway Nightly Cottages or the Swiss Alps Inn for comfortable rooms at an affordable rate.
Swiss Alps Inn is a cute little motel with a Swiss look and feel, recreational activities for the family (like basketball courts) and they even allow your furry children. They are AAA-approved, which means you also get a discount on the already low rates. Heber Valley is actually called the Switzerland of Utah because of the scenery and the large population of Swiss.
What to Do
Heber Valley in Utah has activities all year-round, including hiking and biking, skiing and fishing and is great for all budgets. Here are just a few ways to spend your time there:
Even if you don’t like outdoor activities, because I know that may not be a draw for some, you can soak up the culture of the area and do cool things indoors. Prohibition never took hold in the Valley, so you’re free to enjoy a glass of wine or beer at your leisure.
- Try some delicious cheeses at the Heber Valley Creamery.
- Learn about the pioneer times in the Valley through artifacts and exhibits at the Daughters of Utah Pioneer Museum.
- Take the Heber Valley Railroad to see the landscape in style along the 16 miles between Heber Valley and Provo Canyon.
- See locals perform at the Timpanogos Valley Theater. They put on two different productions and a children’s show each year.
- Get pampered at the Spa at Zermatt or Rejuvenate Day Spa.
If getting back to nature is important to you, pack your good walking/hiking shoes and sunscreen and check out some of these fun things:
● Bundle up in the winter and hit the slopes for skiing or Soldier Hollow Tubing where you take a lift up and then tube down 1200-foot sliding lanes.
● Fly through the trees on ziplines with Zipline Utah or Adventure Zipline.
● The Sons of Utah Pioneers built Heber Fort of red sandstone and you can still see the original four corners here.
● Pack your suit and visit the 90-degree geothermal pool inside Homestead Crater.
● If you’re visiting during winter, pile on the layers, grab your camera and check out Ice Castle in Midway. It’s a castle made of ice!
● Want to see some of Utah’s wildlife? Head to Rock Cliff Recreation Area and you’re likely to see many and also relax in the quiet, so pack a picnic and kick back.
● Pack your clubs or rent some at one of the five golf courses in the Valley.
If you have kids, there are lots of fun things to keep them occupied in the Valley year-round. ATVs and snowmobiling is available for all ages and there are over 200 miles of trails to tire them out.
Where to Eat
I’m all about food when I travel. Heber Valley is full of delicious places to eat, no matter if you’re looking to splurge or save. To save and still eat yummy stuff, get a table at one of these awesome eateries:
● Backerie & Eis at Zermatt serves Starbucks coffee and filling breakfasts and lunch. You can also come in for house-made gelatos.
● Indulge in authentic Chinese cuisine at Canton City.
● Chow down on a burger or get breakfast all day at Chick’s Café.
● Daniels Summit Lodge Pole Grill serves up Western food at affordable prices and large portions.
● Dine along the shores of the Deer Creek Reservoir at Dock of the Bay.
● Fill your tummy with good food at Hub Café. It’s a local favorite.
● Get your Mexican fix at Tony’s Tacos.
● Order from a large menu that satisfies all tastes at Wasatch Back Grill & Deli.
Whatever your family or other travel companions like to see, do and eat, Heber Valley has something for everyone. You can plan a weekend getaway or a longer trip and have plenty to keep you busy. From museums to horseback riding, Heber Valley has it all.
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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Heber Valley.