The Top 5 Utah Slimming Vacations
Healthy Utah Magazine presents the top picks for the places that will help keep you strong & healthy
You go on vacation and then return home with seven pounds of extra baggage — and that’s excluding the souvenirs and gifts you brought back. We mean the seven pounds of desserts and drinks you gained while lounging around in the hotel room. This year, try a vacation that will keep you moving and away from the hotel. And you’ll have so much fun, you’ll hardly notice the workout!
The high side of Utah’s lifestyle
Park City is famous for its winter sports and ski resorts, but the fun doesn’t end in April. The Alpine Slide is a kid-loving (okay, any-age-loving) ride down the mountain’s beautiful face. Or zip down the mountain at 45 miles an hour with your feet dangling 110 feet above ground in the ZipRider. Be sure to take a trail or two to see the stunning aspen groves and high desert terrain, either by foot or bike. You can end your night with a stroll down Main Street, which has healthy dining choices and interesting shops, galleries and boutiques. As a local favorite, Cisero’s is making great strides to feature healthy Italian cuisine. “We have been in business for over 20 years and have great food and are family friendly,” says manager Lindy Ekker. “Besides Italian dishes, we have healthier dishes which include: five different salads, gluten-free menu and vegetarian options.”
Summer sweet spot
Shared between Idaho and Utah, it has many recreational venues for the whole family. The turquoise, yet semi-chilly waters give you plenty of boating, skiing, kayaking and jet-skiing opportunities. You can camp on the shore of the lake or rent a condo. And the Fourth of July firework show that soars over the lake is an unforgettable view. But if you want to experience Bear Lake in full, plan your trip during Garden City’s Raspberry Days Festival. Amy Brown, a waitress at Chad’s Raspberry Kitchen, a popular store near the lake says, “Our Raspberry Days are popular here, and everyone wants to come see what it’s about, especially after an energetic day around the lake.” It’s three days in early August that is jam packed with everything you could want in a festival: pageants, rodeos, parades and a 5k run. And be sure to grab some fresh raspberries for a healthy snack!
Something for all ages
Zion national park
“Zion has something for all ages, all sizes and has a million activities,” says Shelly Buckingham, director of outfitter services at Zion Adventure Company. “You can be as physical as you want and go out and see what Zion has to offer.” As Utah’s oldest and most popular national park, Zion is a vacation that can’t be missed. Known for its canyons, the Narrows and Angels Landing, canyoneers from all over the world come to this area. The hiking trails are perfect for beginners.
Utah’s adventure capital
Moab has Arches National Park, the Colorado River and the Delicate Arch — Utah’s favorite icon. Mountain-biking the Slickrock Trail is always popular, and the off-roading routes with Moab Jeep Safari are things you’ll be telling your friends about for the rest of the summer. “We are definitely an adventure destination,” says Denise Oblak, owner of Canyon Voyages Adventure Company. “We have any activity you can imagine in Moab and certainly stay on a physical side.”
One of the world’s best
One of the world’s greatest places for house-boating. It’s a popular attraction with 186 miles of sandy beaches, inviting water and enticing red-rock scenery. Jerrilee Beckett, from the Lake Powell Shop, says, “[Lake Powell is] always popular and fun because of the multiple activities available for many to stay in shape.” You will never have a dull moment on this trip as you go hiking, boating, skiing, jet-skiing or kayaking.