The Utah Valley is a beautiful and inspiring place to spend time, whether you're on your own or with family and friends. From the fantastic local shopping and dining to the wonderful scientific and historical treasures. The Utah Valley Express (UVX) is a free transportation service provided by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), and with modern technology, you can plan your trips with remarkable accuracy and convenience. Here are ten things to do along the UVX bus route in Provo:
1. University PlaceBus Stop: University Place
The University place offers many amenities that cater to any and every age group. Do you like shopping for clothes and accessories? Check out American Eagle Outfitters, Bella Ella or Downeast. If the kids want to have some fun, there is always the Kids Place or the Disney store. Are you tired of walking all over the mall? Take a load off and catch a movie at the Cinemark, conveniently located inside the mall.
2. Great Food DowntownBus Stop: 300 North Center Street
No good vacation is complete without good food, and in downtown Provo, there is plenty of it. Restaurants range from Mexican to American Italian to Thai. Try El Gallo Giro for a delightful taste of Mexico or get adventurous with some Thai at the Silver Dish Cuisine. If comfort food is what you want, the Communal has everything that you need in a steak and burger restaurant.
3. Provo Towne CentreBus Stop: Towne Centre Boulevard
Another excellent shopping location is the Provo Towne Centre. This mall has great shopping and dining and can easily provide an entire day of fun. Shop apparel stores such as Aeropostale, Christopher & Banks, Rue 21 and Victoria’s Secret. Need some nourishment? Stop at one of the great dining options located in the food court. Eating at Orange Julius and Panda Express is always a good choice, but if you'd like to try a local favorite, you should try Wingers Grill.
4. Provo Recreational CenterBus Stop: Academy Square
If you brought the kids with you, enjoy a day at the Provo Recreational Center. Here you can enjoy many different things such as rock climbing, swimming in the aquatic center, and even rock climbing in the aquatic center (climb the rock wall, complete with waterfall, and drop into the pool). The Provo Rec also offers recreation for adults like dancing, pickleball, tennis, volleyball, and basketball. When visiting be sure to plan extra time—there's enough to do, you'll want to stay longer than you think.
5. Provo City LibraryBus Stop: Academy Square
Boasting over 270,000 books and pieces of literature, the Provo City Library is sure to please any book enthusiast. While there, you can participate in parent and child reading workshops, which are fun and informative for the whole family. The library also has historical significance to the community as it was built in 1892 and has served as the Provo library for all that time.
6. Brigham Young UniversityBus Stop: South Campus, Joaquin
Aside from its historical merits, there are quite a bit of things to see and do at Brigham Young University Campus. You could take a walk through the Museum of Art, the Royden G. Derrick Planetarium, or take the family to the Monte Bean Life Science Museum. There are many sights to see at the campus that will engage your mind and leave you amazed at beauty of the natural world. Children especially will enjoy the museums such as the BYU Museum of Paleontology or the Museum of Peoples and Cultures. There is quite a bit to do on campus, and it is very much worth the stop.
7. LaVell Edwards Stadium (BYU)Bus Stop: BYU Stadium
LaVell Edwards Stadium houses all home football games for the BYU Cougars. Experience firsthand the passion of Cougar Nation's athletes and fans. Depending on what time of the year you visit, you can get tickets to a variety of sporting events, which can be fun for the entire family. For indoor sports such as basketball, cross the street to catch a game over at the Marriott Center. Pricing for tickets are reasonable and can easily be purchased in advance either at the door or online.
8. Harrison Arboretum and BotanyBus Stop: BYU South Campus, Jaquin
The Harrison Arboretum and Botany park is located near the south campus and offers beautiful views of nature. This is a great place to bring the family for a picnic lunch or to view the waterfowl that call the pond home. Bring a spare piece of bread to feed the ducks! This park offers very simple trails for walking and viewing as well as benches and picnic areas. If you need to get away from the busy downtown area, then this is the perfect place to take a break.
9. UVUBus Stop: UVU
UVU offers much to see, from arts and history to sporting events. View the museums and cultural offerings of the university by attending a play at the Noorda Theater or tour the internationally recognized stained-glass window display Roots of Knowledge on campus. There are many sporting events offered at the university’s UCCU Center, such as basketball and gymnastics. Attending these events is easily done by purchasing a ticket at the door or by buying in advance, which usually saves you money. There is always something to do on campus, and everything is still within walking distance of each other.
10. Fine DiningBus Stop: Main Street University Parkway
One popular fine dining restaurant that is a local favorite is La Jolla Groves. This restaurant features both surf and turf dishes ranging from the obvious steak to striped bass and tortellini. With a great menu and a great wine offering, you are sure to have a good time dining here.
Utilizing the UVX transit system allows you free transportation to the best hotspots in town and can save you money in travel time. Here we have listed 10 attractions worthy of your attention, but you are likely to find so much more during your visit. With the friendly faces of the community and the excellent variety of things to do, be prepared to make lifelong memories.