Here’s an interesting tidbit of trivia: Provo, Utah, is the happiest place in the United States. With a long roster of nature activities and a big collection of ice cream and candy shops, it's easy to see why. It could also be in the water—all of that pristine winter snow pack melting down from the mountaintops to feed the area’s rivers and streams. And then there’s the expansive horizon with brilliant blue skies stretching as far as the eye can see. The ice cream and candy are good, too, though.
In addition to the mountains, valleys, and canyons that surround the town, Provo is also known as the home of Brigham Young University (BYU). That mix of wilderness, small-town charm, and academia make Provo vacation packages appealing to weekend warrior types, families looking for a quiet getaway, and sports fans visiting for the big game. No matter what you end up doing, Travelocity can help you find great deals on Provo hotels to serve as your happy place home base.
It’s really tough to mess up when you are trying to figure out where to stay in Provo. The city is relatively small, making Lake Utah, Provo Bay, and the mountain peaks to the east all easily accessible from anywhere in the area. That said, if most of your itinerary is centered around BYU, you might try to find lodging closer to the school.
With steep, dry hills as the backdrop to the east, and a vast lake on its doorstep to the west, Provo feels like a natural escape. Take a walking tour from your hotel in Provo or make tracks on one of the area's many natural spots. Check out the guided tours of the Timpanogos Cave National Monument during the summer for some subterranean wonder. Provo Canyon divides the city from nearby Orem, and here you can bike, hike, or stop for a picnic.
If you are in the mood for art or history, we recommend the Museum of Art at Brigham Young University—home to a large collection of modern and religious works. But before you visit, read up on the BYU dress code or ask the staff at any of the Provo hotels. Nearby Springville has a Museum of Art with a unique compilation of Soviet realist paintings. If they happen to have one of their fundraiser bake sales when you visit, consider making a purchase to support the museum—your taste buds will thank you.
Speaking of taste buds, there are several eateries around BYU, but historic downtown Provo has an even better selection of restaurants with individual specialties, from Native American fare to Korean street food. As Provo's population has diversified, so have its culinary options, meaning you'll find a food truck or two serving waffles for dinner and pizza for breakfast just about anywhere you look.
Travelocity can connect you to cheap hotels in Provo that are near the sights you want to explore. Use Travelocity to plan your entire Utah vacation—you can even bundle your hotel and flight together to save more cash. We’ll see you there.