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Provo courthouse garden in the spring.

Provo, a city in the Wasatch Range region of the state of Utah in the United States of America, is known as a base for exploring the surrounding countryside and national parks. Provo is located in Utah County, which is often considered the most conservative county in the most conservative state in the country. Approximately 90% of the residents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS or Mormon), compared to about 65% of the state as a whole. It is also the location of Brigham Young University, an LDS-owned university; the public Utah Valley University is located in the adjacent city of Orem.

Provo itself has a population of about 115,000 people, but the Provo-Orem metropolitan area that encompasses Utah Valley is home to over half a million people. Other cities in the valley are very accessible, especially Orem, which sits side-by-side with Provo. Because of Orem's proximity, visitors to Provo should also look at things to do in Orem, as well as places to eat and sleep, depending on their needs.

The Utah Valley Visitor's Center, recently relocated to the new Utah Valley Convention Center (220 W Center St, Suite 100, +1-800-222-8824, M-F 8:30AM-5PM) and its website provides free maps, itineraries, and activity ideas for Provo and the rest of Utah Valley.

Understand[edit]

The LDS (Mormon) church dominates here, and many businesses (including some gas stations) are closed on Sunday. Provo is also considered one of the most right-leaning, politically "conservative" communities in the USA, although BYU and UVU students add some political variety. BYU students are not required to practise the Mormon faith, but are required to abide by the Mormon code of conduct (no premarital sex, no consumption of tea, coffee or alcohol) while enrolled at the university.

If visiting BYU campus, be aware that nearly all campus services are closed Tuesdays between 11AM and noon due to weekly campus devotionals and forums.

The main area code in Provo is 801, but because the area served by 801 is also served by a second area code (385), the area code must be dialed along with the local number.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The most common way to get to Provo is to fly into Salt Lake City (SLC), and drive or catch a shuttle from the airport. The drive follows I-15 and usually takes between 45 minutes and an hour, but can take up to an hour and a half during heavy traffic; for better traffic conditions, travelers can take I-215 through the Salt Lake Valley until it connects to I-15, then take I-15 to Provo.

Allegiant Air offers twice-weekly flights between Provo Airport (PVU), and Mesa, Arizona.

By bus[edit]

You can take the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) bus and light rail system from northern Utah and Salt Lake City into Provo, but scheduling is limited. In addition to that, public transportation in Provo is mostly on a 30-minute or hourly schedule, although some routes have 15-minute service, so plan your transit schedule carefully.

Route 550 runs between the Salt Lake City airport parking garage and Salt Lake Central Station about every half-hour. From there, you can transfer to FrontRunner to get to Provo. Below are some options. For bus rides, always check the UTA website for detours and schedule changes. With the implementation of FrontRunner, express buses from Salt Lake City have been canceled.

  • Weekdays, you may take the southbound TRAX line to the Sandy City Transit Center. From here you may Transfer to the 811 Bus Route (Utah Valley Trax Connector) that will deliver you to the Lehi Intermodal Center. From there you may board the Southbound FrontRunner train to Provo. This option will take about two hours.

Greyhound also stops in Provo (124 N 300 W). Provo is a stop on the routes from Salt Lake, Las Vegas, and Grand Junction.

By train[edit]

Provo FrontRunner Station

Amtrak serves Provo with the California Zephyr, which runs daily between Emeryville (in the San Francisco Bay Area) and Chicago. The train platform (PRO) is at 600 S 300 W and has no services.

FrontRunner is a commuter rail service that connects Provo to major cities along the Wasatch Range, including; Orem, American Fork, Lehi, Draper, South Jordan, Murray, Salt Lake City, Woods Cross, Farmington, Layton, Clearfield, Roy, Ogden and Pleasant View. The train averages 79 miles per hour and the time from Provo to Salt Lake City is 55 minutes. Many stations are intermodal and connect to other Utah Transit Authority (UTA) bus lines and Trax. The Fronrunner/UTA Intermodal station is located at 690 South Freedom Boulevard.

By car[edit]

I-15, which connects Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, runs through the western half of Provo. By car, Provo is about 45 minutes from Salt Lake City, 6 hours from Las Vegas, and 8 hours from Denver (on Highway 6/I-70). Take I-15 exit 263 for south Provo; exit 265 for downtown (east) or Utah Lake (west); exits 265 and 271 for north Provo and Riverwoods, via Orem; and exit 272 for Provo Canyon, via Orem.

There is currently heavy construction on I-15 as the freeway is being redeveloped. Slow down, watch for construction workers, and expect delays. From the north, taking State St (from exit 279) through American Fork, Pleasant Grove, Lindon, and Orem is often (but not always) a viable surface-street alternative to the freeway.

Get around[edit]

UTA operates a bus system throughout parts of Provo and Orem, but service in the rest of Utah County is sparse when compared to Salt Lake County. New cycling paths are being built throughout the city. Cars are the main method of transportation. Parking is generally easy to find except on the Brigham Young University campus (although permit parking generally opens up to the public in the evenings).

Car rentals are available at the Salt Lake City airport and in various places in Provo. Several car rental agencies are listed here.

The majority of Provo's streets follow a grid layout. Beware that the city limits between Provo and Orem are often unmarked and unclear. When following directions and finding addresses, take care that you are in the correct city. Many newer road signs indicate the city next to the street address. Also, be advised that there are two major streets named "University": University Avenue, which runs through Provo from north to south, and University Parkway (often called simply "Parkway" or the "Diagonal") which runs through both Provo and Orem.

See[edit]

Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon.
  • 1 Bridal Veil Falls (2.5 miles north on Highway 89 up Provo Canyon). 607-foot waterfall in Provo Canyon that is popular with cyclers and hikers. The waterfall is viewable from the road and a viewing station. A short bike/walking trail leads to the bottom of the falls. The middle level of the falls can be reached via a short but steep trail.
Partial view of BYU campus with Y Mountain.
  • BYU Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, 645 E 1430 N (directly north of the Carillon Bell Tower), +1 801-422-5051. M-F 10AM-. Life science museum featuring taxodermied animals in their natural habitats. Very large collection of animals from all over the world, including unusual ones such as a liger (cross between a tiger and a lion), a giant grizzly bear, and a huge elephant named Humphrey. Public shows, which usually include live animals, offered weekdays at 7:30 in the atrium. Children's classes for ages 5-12 ("Saturday Safari") offered on Saturdays in the summer. Closed until Fall of 2013 for construction and renovation. Free.
  • BYU Museum of Art, North Campus Dr (from Canyon Road, turn east onto 1230 N, which turns into North Campus Drive after the intersection; the museum parking lot will be on your right across from the Carillon Bell Tower), +1 801-422-8287. M-W,F 10AM-6PM, Th 10AM-9PM, Sa 12PM-5PM. Museum of art featuring rotating, world-class exhibits, in addition to a permanent collection. Audioguides and docent-led tours available. The Museum Cafe offers lunch onsite (11:30AM-2PM). Next door is the Harris Fine Arts Center, which features galleries of student art. Close by is also the Harold B. Lee Library, which features art and historical exhibits on the 1st and 3rd floors. Free.
  • BYU Museum of Paleontology, 1683 N Canyon Rd (across from LaVell Edwards Stadium), +1 801-422-3680. 9AM-5PM. Small but well-kept museum featuring dinosaur fossils, including a top-rated Jurassic Period exhibit. The fossils in this museum were previously kept in storage beneath the football stadium. Free.
  • BYU Museum of Peoples and Cultures, 700 N 100 E, +1 801-422-0020. Sep-Apr: MWF 9AM-5PM, TTh 9AM-7PM; May-Aug M-F 9AM-5PM. Very small but award-winning museum focusing on cultural anthropology. Regularly features exhibits about Native American cultures, but also features other cultures. Free.
  • Crandall Historical Printing Museum, 275 E Center St, +1 801-377-7777. M-F 9AM-2PM. Impressive museum featuring a replica of the Gutenburg Press, other historical presses, a model 5 Linotype, and old publications. Individual and group tours are available by appointment. $3/person.
Historic Provo Courthouse, built in 1926, in downtown Provo at 51 S University Ave.
  • Downtown, 1 W Center St. Anytime. Incredible collection of historic architecture, and an eclectic mix of restaurants and shops. Downtown Provo is also home to several major employers, including NuSkin International. The LDS Church has converted a historic burned-out Tabernacle to a LDS Temple (see separate listing below). Free.
  • Historic Provo Walking Tour. There are a number of interesting historical buildings, including the County Courthouse (151 S University Ave) and the Provo City Center Temple (50 S University Ave), a restoration of the old Provo Tabernacle which burned down in December 2010. A self-guided tour booklet our historical houses and other buildings is available at the Provo City Library (550 N University Ave; ask at the first-floor reference desk) or at the Utah Valley Visitors Center [10] (111 S University Ave). Free.
  • Museum of Mormon Mexican History, 1501 N Canyon Rd. Tu-F 2-7PM, Sa 10AM-6PM. Small extension of the Museo de Historia del Mormonismo en Mexico [dead link]. Covers history of the Mormons in Mexico, mostly through replicas of period newspapers in Spanish and English, but a few relics are included. Worth it to se the old church relics and original copies of the Book of Mormon in Spanish, but otherwise probably only interesting for those particularly interested in Mormons and Mexico. Not recommended for children. Free.
  • Provo Pioneer Museum & Pioneer Village, 500 N 500 W (within North Park next to the Veterans Memorial Pool), +1 801-852-6609. Jun-Sep: Tu-Sa 1-4PM; Sep-Oct: WFSa 1AM-4PM; Mar-Jun: WFSa1-4PM. Large collection of pioneer artifacts and history. Museum run by Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP) [2]. Recreated Pioneer Village next door run by the Sons of Utah Pioneers (Jun-Aug: M 5-8PM, T-F 4-7PM, Sa 1-4PM). Free.
  • Utah State Hospital Museum, 1300 E Center St (first building to the north as you enter the Utah State Hospital grounds), +1 801 344-4635, +1 801 344-4254. Tu,Th: 1-5PM. Small museum that chronicles the history and methods of the Utah State Hospital (a mental health hospital operating since 1885). The buildings elsewhere on the hospital campus are notable for their architecture, including a "castle" built in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration (you must receive permission to visit the castle; ask at the museum for information about how to do that). Free.
  • Wasatch Mountains. Hiking, camping, and skiing are just some of the popular activities in the beautiful Wasatch Range located just east of the city. There is also a popular scenic drive called the Alpine Loop (May-Oct, free) that circles Mount Timpanogos via Provo Canyon (US-189) and American Fork Canyon (Highway 94).
  • Provo Utah Temple (LDS), 2200 Temple Hill Dr, +1 801-375-5775. The Mormon temple, dedicated in 1969, is located on top of a hill overlooking Provo. Because of its unique shape, the temple is sometimes called a "rocket ship." The spire was painted white (it was formerly a golden color) and the statue of Moroni added in the 2000s. Only Mormons who hold a permit known as a "temple recommend" are allowed inside the temple, but the beautifully tended grounds with their seasonal flowers and fountains are open to all. Make sure to walk around the back side of the temple for more flowers and a lovely view of Utah Valley. Free.
  • Provo City Center Temple (LDS), 50 S. University Ave. The Mormon temple, dedicated in March 2016, is located in downtown Provo. The site originally housed the Provo Tabernacle, a combined meeting house and community center built in 1898, but a 2010 fire destroyed the interior and roof, with only the outer walls left standing. The LDS Church chose to preserve the outer walls, restore the original exterior, and convert the interior into the city's second temple. As with all LDS temples, only church members with "temple recommends" are allowed inside the temple, but the surrounding grounds are open to all. Free.

Do[edit]

The Eyring Science Center houses a planetarium, an anechoic chamber and a Foucault pendulum.
BYU mascot Cosmo the Cougar at America's Freedom Festival.
  • America's Freedom Festival at Provo, +1 801-818-1776. Large festival held every year around the 4th of July. Features the Stadium of Fire, Grand Parade, Balloon Fest, Freedom Days (vendor stalls and carnival rides), Colonial Days, and other activities and events.
  • 1 Seven Peaks Waterpark Provo. - located in Provo
  • BYU Arts Performances, N Campus Dr (just south of the Museum of Art, north of the Wilkinson Student Center), +1 801 422-4322. Ticket office: M-F: Sep-Apr 10AM-5PM, May-Aug 10AM-3PM; also open for one hour prior to performances. BYU hosts a ton of plays, concerts, and other performances each year. There's something going on most nights of the week. Performances are generally held at the Harris Fine Arts Center. Check the website for scheduling and tickets.
  • BYU Cougars (athletics), Ticket office: 500 E University Pkwy, +1 801 422-2981. Ticket office: M-F 9AM-5PM. BYU is a member of the West Coast Conference (WCC) for most sports. A few of its teams have affiliations outside the WCC. Most notably, the football team is "independent" (i.e., not affiliated with any conference), and the men's soccer team is actually a semi-professional team competing in the USL Premier Development League. There's always a sports team playing. Check the website for scheduling and tickets. Home basketball games are played at the Marriott Center (1497 N 450 E); home football games are played at LaVell Edwards Stadium (1700 N Canyon Rd). The BYU Legacy Hall (athletics museum and hall of fame) is housed in the Student Athlete Building (1060 N 150 E, M-Sa 7AM-9PM, 801 422-2118, free).
  • BYU Planetarium, Room 465, Eyring Science Center, BYU (fourth floor of the large building with a dome in the southeast sector of campus), +1 801-422-5396. M-Sa 7PM, 8PM. Planetarium offering shows for the public. Reservations may be made online. Map of BYU campus available online [3]. $2/person.
  • BYU International Cinema, Room 250, Spencer W. Kimball Tower, BYU (ground floor of BYU's tallest building at the center of campus), +1 801-422-3529. Sep-Apr: TuWF evenings, Sa. Shows foreign and classic films four days per week in a large auditorium. Tickets not required. See website for weekly schedule (showing times usually provided two weeks in advance). Map of BYU campus available [4]. Free.
  • ComedySportz, 36 W Center St, +1 801-377-9700. Interactive live comedy show downtown since 1999. Schedule of shows and tickets available at their website. Some shows not open for reservation. Family appropriate. $4-10/adult, $4-5/child.
  • Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W Center St, +1 801-852-7007. Ticket office: M-Th 10AM-6PM , F 10AM-2PM. Plays, concerts, events, and an art gallery downtown. Check the website for the schedule and tickets.
  • Fat Cats, 1200 N University Ave, +1 801-373-1863. M-Th 9AM-midnight, F-Sa 9AM-1AM. Bowling alley and game center, including traditional arcade games and billiards. Attached to the alley is Costa Vida, a Mexican restaurant. $3-4/adult, $3/child.
  • Golf Reserve at East Bay, 1860 S E Bay Blvd (380 E) (0.5 mi from I-15 exit 263), +1 801 373-6262. Public golf course in the wetlands of south Provo close to Utah Lake. Open Sundays. 9 holes: $12-14/adult, $8-10/junior; 18 holes: twice as much..
  • 2 Hike the 'Y' (to reach trailhead, turn left at south end of Terrace Drive, continue to right on paved road toward parking lot). A giant concrete Y towers over Provo from "Y Mountain." The zigzagging hike to the Y is relatively easy and takes most people about 45 minutes each way (although if those recently at lower elevations may wish to plan on more time). Once at the Y, you have a lovely view over Utah Valley and Utah Lake. (Another trail leads south from the Y to the peak of Y Mountain.) The hike itself is exposed with little shade, so plan accordingly when hot. The trail is particularly popular with BYU students. Facilities available at trailhead.
  • 3 Rock Canyon (trailhead parking lot at the east end of 2300 N). A rugged canyon popular with students, families, hikers, and rock climbers alike. The main trail is very easy, but leads off to other more difficult trails, such as one to the top of Squaw Peak. The mouth of the canyon also connects to Bonneville Shore Trail, which follows the base of the Wasatch Mountains.
  • Seven Peaks Waterpark, 1330 E 300 N, +1 801-373-8777. May-Aug: 11AM-8PMM-Sa. Largest waterpark in Utah with waterslides, a wave pool, and other water attractions. Charge for parking ($5/day or $3 after 4PM). Day passes $20-25; various passes available..
Utah Lake facing south.
  • Utah Lake State Park, 4400 W Center St, +1 801-375-0731. Summer 6AM-10PM; winter 8AM-5PM. Located directly west of Provo, Utah Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Utah. Popular fishing, boating, parasailing, and camping destination. The Utah Lake Marina is a lovely place at sunset and borders on a marsh with wild birds. Two long jetties reach out into the lake, giving a spectacular view of the valley. Caution: Utah Lake is shallow and very biologically active, meaning that it can sometimes be smelly and algae heavy and often washes up dead fish. Boaters should be wary of windy conditions, as wind can stir up high waves due to the shallow waters. Entrance to the state park is supposedly $9/vehicle or $2/person or bike, but the entrance booth is often closed and sightseers can usually walk in free, particularly during the off season.
  • Utah Valley Symphony. Utah Valley's symphony since 1959. Usually gives concerts on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Covey Center for the Arts. Check the website for scheduling; tickets can be purchased through the Covey Center. $9/single, $7.50/student & senior, $18.75 family, $5/rush (10 min before concert).
  • Mount Timpanogos. Located to the north of Provo, Mount Timpanogos is a very prominent and well-known landmark across the Wasatch Range. It rises to an impressive elevation of 11,752 ft (3,582 m). It is the location of one of the few permanent snowfields in Utah, and is also the location of several breathtaking, scenic, and popular hikes.
  • Fish the Provo river. A good place is at Nunn's Park right across from Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon.
  • Velour Live Music Gallery. Is one of Provo's gems. The venue is a mandatory stop for artists from Utah's (surprisingly healthy) local-music scene, and touring artists often sidestep Salt Lake City clubs to play here. A full calendar of shows is available on the venue's website.
  • Pedal Provo Ghost Tour, +1 385-312-0456, e-mail: . 9PM-11PM Friday & Saturday. This is a great way to see the city in a spookier way. It's a glimpse into Provo's slightly darker history. Think of it more as a fun bike ride to historical places and hearing good ghost stories. It makes a great date night or activity for anyone. The tours are seasonal (March through November) and only happen on Friday and Saturday night. They also rent bikes. Visit website for tour dates and to buy tickets. $10-16 $10-16.

Buy[edit]

  • Provo Towne Centre, 1200 Towne Centre Blvd, +1 801 852-2400. M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su noon-6PM (Wingers and Red Robin have extended hours. Indoor shopping mall in south Provo. Home to more than 100 retailers and a Cinemark 16 movie theater [5]. Department stores are Dillard's, JC Penney, and Sears. Smaller retailers include clothes and shoe stores, jewelers, and cosmetics. Food court hosts Panda Express, Osaka Japan, Villa Pizza, Subway, McDonald's, Pretzel Maker, Hot Dog on a Stick, Orange Julius, and Sub Zero Ice Cream. Wingers and Red Robin restaurants also located on the outside of the mall. Play areas for children are available.
  • Shops at Riverwoods, 4801 N University Ave, +1 801 802-8430. M-Sa 10AM-9PM (restaurant hours vary). Chic outdoor shopping center in north Provo. Home to a number of restaurants, including Bajio, Happy Sumo, La Jolla Groves, Malawi's Pizza, Romano's Macaroni Grill [dead link], Tucano's Brazilian Grill, Shoots, and Subway. Other stores include 3B Yoga (yoga studio with a cafe and boutique), Bath & Body Works, Called to Surf (a surfing store), Soel Boutique, and Blickenstaff's (a toy store). Next door are the Carmike Wynnsong movie theater and the Provo Beach Resort (featuring bowling, simulated golf, a ropes course, and the Flowrider, a simulated wave for surfing and boogeyboarding).
  • Downtown Provo (around Center St and University Ave). Currently in the process of being revitalized. Nevertheless, there are still a few interesting and unique shops downtown, made more attractive by their 1880-1910 architecture.
  • Quilted Bear, 1221 S University Ave, +1 801 343-3770. 26 Dec-30 Jun: M-Sa 10AM-7PM; 1 Jul-23 Dec: M-Sa 10AM-9PM. Store that features stalls for local crafters and vendors to sell their home décor items and handmade crafts. One of the unique gems of northern Utah.
  • Cherry Lane Boutique, 515 N University Ave, +1 801 373-1545. M-Sa 10AM-6PM. An eccentric gift and keepsake boutique housed in the historic BYU Women's Gymnasium, across from the Provo Library (formerly Brigham Young Academy).
  • BYU Bookstore, southwest corner of Wilkinson Student Center (WSC) (about 1100 N Campus Dr)), toll-free: +1-800-253-2578. M 8AM-6PM, Tu-F 8AM-8PM (closed Tu 10:45-11:45AM), Sa 8AM-6PM. Large campus bookstore also offering sweets, art, and BYU/Provo souvenirs. Particularly significant for its large collection of foreign language children's books (located downstairs). Also an outlet for LDS Distribution Services.
  • Deseret Industries, 1415 N State St, +1 801 373-7920. M 10AM-6PM, Tu-Sa 10AM-9PM. The ultimate thrift store. You can buy anything here: clothes, kitchenware, books, knickknacks, electronics... The place is a ginormus gold mine. The store is also a vocational rehabilitation facility and donates some items to humanitarian causes around the world.

Eat[edit]

Listed below are notable restaurants within Provo city limits, but there are many good restaurants in Orem that are easily accessible.

Budget[edit]

  • Burgers Supreme, 1796 N University Pkwy (in Brigham's Landing), +1 801 373-5713. M-Th 10:30AM-10:30PM, FSa 10:30AM-11PM. A locally owned burger restaurant that offers more than just burgers. They also have all sorts of sandwiches, salads, ice cream, and sides like "Zucchini Stix" and taquitos. $5-10.
  • Cafe Rio, 2250 N University Parkway, +1 801-375-5133. Mexican chain started in Utah and popular with students. $5-10.
  • Café Zupas, 408 W 2230 N, +1 801-377-7687. M-Th 11AM-9PM, FSa 11AM-10PM. Soup, salads, and sandwiches. $5-10.
  • Guru's, 45 E Center St, +1 801-375-4878. M-Th 8AM-9PM, Th-Sa 8AM-10PM; breakfast served M-F 8AM-11AM, Sa 8AM-1PM. Chic and creative cafe serving breakfast, sandwiches, salads, wraps, pasta, and much more. Often offers live music in the evenings. Located in downtown. $5-10.
  • J-Dawgs, 858 N 700 E, +1 801-373-3294. M-Sa 1AM-9PM. Originally a hotdog stand on the corner, J-Dawgs has expanded to its own restaurant and offers gourmet hotdogs. Known for its Polish hotdogs and "special sauce." Very popular with BYU students. $5.
  • [dead link]Kneader's, 295 W 1230 N, +1 801-812-2200. M-Sa 7AM-10PM; breakfast served 7AM-11AM. Bakery offering sandwiches and treats. Known for its all-you-can eat cinnamon French toast and sourdough pancakes. $5-10.
  • Nicolitalia Pizzeria, 2295 N University Parkway, +1 801-356-7900. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. One of the many pizzerias in Provo. Owned by a guy from Arlington, MA (you can ask him to call out your order in his Boston accent). $5-10.
  • Sam Hawk, +1 801-377-7766. Excellent Korean restaurant owned by a local family. $10.
  • SLABpizza, 669 E 800 N, +1 801-377-3883. M-Sa 11AM to 11PM. Really big slices of really great pizza. Just south of BYU campus. Popular with BYU students and locals alike. $5-10.
  • Station 22, 22 W Center St, +1 801-607-1803. A chic, modern American cafe. $10.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Bombay House, 463 N University Ave, +1 801-373-6677. M-Sa 4PM-10PM. Authentic Indian restaurant in downtown Provo, started by a BYU student from India. Well known for its naan and lassis. $10-20.
  • Brick Oven, 111 E 800 N, +1 801-374-8800. M-Th 10:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 10:30AM-11PM. Brick Oven has been a staple of BYU students and Utah County residents for decades. Known for their pizza and homemade rootbeer. Located near BYU campus. $5-15.
  • Gloria's Little Italy, +1 801-805-4913. M-Th 4PM-9PM, F 4PM-10PM, Sa 3PM-10PM. Family-run Italian restaurant in downtown. $10-20.
  • La Dolce Vita, 61 N 100 E, +1 801-373-8482. M-F 11AM-10PM, Sa noon-10PM. Family-owned Italian restaurant operating in Provo since 1984. Featuring Napoli (Naples) cuisine. $10-20.
  • [dead link]Los Hermanos, 71 E Center St, +1 801-375-5732. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. Well-known local Mexican restaurant in downtown. $10-20.
  • Tucanos Brazilian Grill, 4801 N University Avenue #790 (located in the Shops at Riverwoods), +1 801-224-4774. Brazilian grill famous for its quantity and quality of meats, both mundane and unusual. Skewers are brought directly to the table where sizzling portions are sliced onto diners' plates. $15-$20.
  • [dead link]Shoots, 4801 N University Avenue #820, +1 801-225-0445. Chinese restaurant located in the Shops at Riverwoods. $10-15.
  • Thai Ruby, 744 E 820 N, +1 801-375-6840. M-Sa 12PM-3PM, 4PM-8:30PM. Thai restaurant located just south of BYU campus. $10-15.

Treats[edit]

As a college town, Provo has a large number of places to get family and "date night" treats. In addition to the standard chains (Coldstone, Baskin Robbins, Dairy Queen, Jamba Juice), here are some local favorites.

  • BYU Creamery, 1209 N 900 E, +1 801-422-2663. M-Th 11AM-11PM, FSa 11AM-midnight. BYU's famous ice cream. The main location has a burger grill (11AM-9PM). The creamery has an outlet in the CougerEat cafeteria in the Wilkinson Student Center on BYU campus called Sugar & Spice. Other notable outlets include the Wyview Creamery (1990 W 400 N, M-Sa 7AM-midnight) and the CSC (just south of the BYU Conference Center and slightly northeast of the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, M-F 8AM-7PM, Sa 9AM-7PM). Many vending machines on campus also sell cups of BYU Creamery cookies & cream ice cream.
  • Cocoa Bean Cupcake Cafe, 1774 N University Pkwy, +1 801-356-9493. M-Th 8AM-11PM, FSa 8AM-midnight. As the name implies, gourmet cupcakes. Schedule of cupcake flavors available on the website.
  • Macey's, 1400 N State St, +1 801-356-3216. M-Sa all day. Although Macey's is a grocery store, they serve huge soft-serve cones for a very cheap price. When you walk in, head back to the right towards the bakery/deli and order your ice cream at the counter.
  • Malt Shoppe, 1290 N University Ave, +1 801-373-5295. M-Th 11AM-midnight, F-Sa 11AM-1AM. Ice cream and malt shakes. A retro classic, but a little on the grubby side.
  • Spoon It Up, 700 E 820 N (part of South End Market), +1 801 373-0028. 11AM-midnight. Self-serve frozen yogurt just south of BYU campus and part of South End Market.
  • Sub Zero, 1774 N University Pkwy (in Brigham's Landing), +1 801 375-0104. M-Th until 10PM, Sa until 11PM. Ice cream made with cryogenics right in front of your eyes. Very cool to watch and pretty tasty to eat, too. Sub Zero also has an outlet inside the Provo Towne Centre food court (1200 Towne Centre Blvd, 801 494-0988, open until 9PM).
  • Sweet Tooth Fairy, 1227 S University Ave, +1 801 375-3484. Gourmet bake shop featuring cookies, cakes, brownies, cupcakes, and more.
  • Yummie's Frozen Custard, 1200 Towne Centre Blvd (inside Provo Towne Centre food court), +1 801 852-2401. M-Sa until 9PM.

Drink[edit]

  • ABG's, 190 W Center St, +1 801-373-1200. Bar, mainly serving beer. Live bands and pub grub. $5 cover.
  • Coffee Pod, 426 W 1230 N (on Bulldog Bldvd), +1 801 341-0022. M-F 6:30AM-11AM, Sa 7:30AM-11PM, Su 8AM-8PM. The only coffee house near BYU campus. You can also get hot chocolate and Italian sodas, or pick up breakfast or a light lunch. Free wifi is available. Less than $5.
  • Juice 'n Java, 280 W 100 N, +1 801 375-5409. M-Sa 6:30AM-9PM, Su 8AM-8PM. Fresh juice and espresso bar. You can also get hot chocolate, Italian sodas, and tea.

Sleep[edit]

Hotels[edit]

  • Aspenwood Manor, 293 W 100 S, +1 801 805-4794. Extended stay furnished apartments. Free wireless, flatscreen TV and DVD player, fully equipped kitchens, laundry, and housekeeping. From $70/night, $53/week, $35/month.
  • Courtyard Marriott, 1600 N Freedom (200 West) Blvd, toll-free: +1-800-321-2211. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Located within walking distance of Brigham Young University. Wireless, laundry, fitness center, pool. Denny's and Magleby's restaurants in the same complex. From $100/night.
  • La Quinta Inn, 1460 S University Ave, +1 801 374-9750. Check-in: 1PM, check-out: 12PM. Located in south Provo near the Provo Towne Centre. Laundry, outdoor pool, fitness center. Pets welcome. From $89/night.
  • Hines Mansion Bed & Breakfast, 383 W 100 S, toll-free: +1-800-428-5636. Check-in: 4-6PM, check-out: 11AM. Provo's only B&B, with themed rooms. Gourmet breakfast and treats in the kitchen included. Wireless internet. Starting at $130/night..
  • Residence Inn, 252 W 2230 N, +1 801 374-1000. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM. Located along the Provo River trail. Free shuttle service. Laundry, fitness center, indoor pool. From $79/night.
  • Sleep Inn Provo, 1505 S 40 E, +1 801 377-6597. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: 12PM. Located in south Provo near the Provo Towne Centre. Free wireless. Pets allowed with fee. From $60/night.
  • SpringHill Suites Provo Marriott, 1580 N Freedom Blvd, +1 801 373-0073. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM. Located within walking distance of BYU. Wireless, fitness enter, pool. Denny's and Magleby's restaurants within the same complex. From $100.
  • 1 Sundance Resort, North Fork Provo Canyon (from US-189 in Provo Canyon take Highway 92/Alpine Scenic Highway for 2 miles), toll-free: +1-800-892-1600. Standard rooms, studios, suites, and 2-4 bedroom homes at Sundance Ski Resort up Provo Canyon. From $200/night.
  • Super 8 Provo BYU Orem, 1555 N Canyon Rd, +1 801 374-6020. Check-in: after 3PM, check-out: before 11AM. Free wireless. Fitness center, pool, laundry. Pets allowed with fee. From $70/room.

Camping[edit]

  • Deer Creek State Park Campground, Deer Creek State Park (follow US-189 to park), +1 435 654-0171. Several campgrounds along the shore of Deer Creek Reservoir in Provo Canyon. Open Jun-Oct, but off-season camping allowed. Concessions, drinking water, modern restrooms and hot showers.
  • Lakeside RV & Campground, 4000 W Center St, toll-free: +1-800-906-5267. Near Utah Lake, tucked into a curve of the Provo River. Walking distance to Utah Lake State Park Marina. Convenience store, laundry room, game room, summer pool, hot showers. Tent site $20/night; hook up $25-30.
  • Nunns Park Campgrond, 3.3 miles up Provo Canyon on US-189, +1 801 370-8640. Public campground in Provo Canyon along Provo River. Close to Bridal Veil Falls. Open April to October. No reservation required. Flush toilets and drinking water. $15/night.
  • 2 Rock Canyon Campground, Squaw Peak Rd (from US-189 in Provo Canyon onto Squaw Peak road, 9.5 miles to campground), +1 801 226-3564. Isolated public campground up Rock Canyon (between Squaw Peak and Y Mountain). Access road is only partially paved; used 4-wheel drive. No water. Vault toilets. Gate closes at 10PM. Excellent access to rock climbing and hiking.

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Routes through Provo
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