Utah might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of honeymoon destinations, but for BYU students, it should be.
“People usually travel long distances to see beautiful sites and experience the culture, but we never take time to enjoy the scenery and culture of Utah,” said Tim Bradshaw, a recent finance graduate from Salt Lake City.
Honeymoons are for newlyweds to relax, have fun and be together. A tropical getaway may seem like the perfect place to fulfill those desires, but Utah offers the same benefits without the hassle of taking time off school. Thanks to Utah’s multiple honeymoon spots, couples can get married, spend the weekend together and come back to school on Monday without getting behind.
Newlyweds looking for the culture of the big city can head to the state’s capital. Just under an hour from BYU, Salt Lake City is home to some of Utah’s best restaurants, shopping and entertainment.
Michigan-native and studio art major Clarissa Lewis Anderson fondly remembers her experience honeymooning in Salt Lake City. Anderson and her husband enjoyed touring the Conference Center, eating at the Nauvoo Cafe and visiting Church museums.
“I loved exploring the Church sites in the two days we were there,” Anderson said. “Our honeymoon was really special.”
For couples looking for a more quiet, romantic getaway, Park City is a great choice. Newlyweds can ride the alpine coaster, visit Olympic Park or catch a show at the Egyptian Theater. A winter wedding provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy snow activities like skiing, snowmobiling and sleigh rides. Finding a cozy cabin or a world-class hotel online could not be easier, and most have with hot tubs, which are perfect for unwinding after the stress of school and a wedding.
Park City was a relaxing and fun location for a quiet and non-stressful honeymoon,” said Amanda Hixson, a 25-year-old from Turner, Ore.
For adventurous couples, places like Zion’s National Park, Moab and Bear Lake make the perfect weekend getaways.
B.A.S.E. jumping, river rafting and skydiving are just a few of the adrenaline-pumping activities offered at these locations. Reserve a hotel room, or go all out and sleep under the stars at one of the designated campgrounds. Each destination is less than a four-hour drive from Provo, giving people the ability to do all the activities they want and get home in time for the school week.
Whether couples are looking for relaxation or excitement, there are a number of different destinations in Utah to choose from, depending on the experiences they’re looking for. Visit www.utah.com to find a great honeymoon location.