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The perfect destination for those craving outdoor adventure, the city of Provo boasts proximity to a range of beautiful natural landscapes, including most prominently the spectacular Mount Timpanogos – the second highest mountain in Utah’s Wasatach Range, standing at 3,482 metres above sea level in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Believed to be about 300 million years old, the mountain is capped in heavy snowfall in winter, but becomes more accessible in summer, when visitors can tour the Timpanogos Cave National Monument – a series of spectacular caves, where thousands of years of water and mineral deposits have created fascinating formations on the walls.
A hire car is the best way to unlock Provo and the surrounding area, enabling you to venture further afield to destinations such as Sandy (a 35-minute drive), where the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is home to a whole host of underwater life, from penguins and seahorses to stingrays. The Bell Canyon Trail is also a must-see, where you can take advantage of the incredible landscape, and stop off at a beautiful waterfall for the perfect photo opportunity.
Fly into Salt Lake City International Airport and from there it’s an easy 44-minute drive into the centre of Provo.
With the keys to your own hire car, you can venture further into Utah to destinations such as West Valley City (a 45-minute drive), home to a series of beautiful parks including the Centennial Park, where locals gather to play tennis, basketball and softball. While you are visiting, why not also catch a performance at the Hale Centre Theatre, where off-Broadway musicals are performed throughout the year.
Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Provo to suit every budget and requirement, from Thrifty and Alamo to Avis and Hertz.
The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum is a popular attraction, featuring animal dioramas and exhibits designed to educate visitors about the natural world. With more than 2 million specimens of insects, plants, reptiles, fish and birds, the museum’s free admission policy is particularly good value. The 155-metre tall Bridal Veil Falls is also an impressive sight that is worth venturing out of town to experience in person.
Beyond Provo, there is plenty more to see and do with the help of your hire car. Nephi is a 40-minute drive, where the Canyon Hills Golf Course provides the chance to tee off in spectacular scenery. Salt Lake City is also a 40-minute drive from Provo, where you can explore Hogle Zoo, home to a range of rare animals including African elephants, snow leopards and Bornean orangutans. Meanwhile, the Red Buttle Garden and Arboretum is the perfect destination in summer, when the botanical gardens play host to a series of open air concerts.
Driving in Provo, like much of America, is largely straightforward, with wide lanes and simple road layouts. Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road and you can overtake on both sides. You can also perform a U-turn at the end of most junctions – it will be marked if you are not allowed to do so. Most American cars are automatic, so remember to request a stick shift if you would prefer one.
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