Just because America is suffering from a very depressing financial crisis does not mean families across the country do not deserve to take a nice vacation. If you are living in the Southwest, why not take a drive to one of America’s fastest-rising cities?
Located in Utah’s Dixie region is its largest city, St. George. Formerly a sleepy agricultural town, it has since adapted an atmosphere reminiscent of California’s Palm Springs, thanks to its benign climate and peacefulness that have attracted many retirees. The city is also closer to Las Vegas, Nevada, compared to Salt Lake City, so you can retreat to a quieter and more relaxing town after a night of partying.
St. George, Utah, has been consistently stated by the U. S. Census Bureau as one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. People have become attracted to the city’s majestic surroundings, from the red bluffs on the northern part of St. George to lava rock-covered peaks in the city’s center. The edges of Mojave Desert can be seen on the south, while Zion National Park is visible on the east, and the beauty of Pine Valley Mountains loom over the city’s north and northwest. No wonder noted travel website TripAdvisor.com has included St. George as one of the Top Ten U. S. Destinations for 2009.
Beneath these magnificent natural formations, St. George contains some interesting historic buildings, golf courses, and shopping venues. One of the main tourist attractions is the St. George Utah Temple, a beautiful white sanctuary for members of the Church of Jesus Christ for Latter Day Saints. This temple is a dominating landmark in the city, but only members of LDS Church are allowed to enter. However, non-members can enter the visitors’ center.
You can also take a trip downtown, which also happens to be the city’s Historic District, located around the intersection of St. George Boulevard and Main Street. It is lined with preserved historic structures like some shops, small museums, and inns.
Meanwhile, kids can have a blast visiting the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm, where preserved dinosaur tracks are located. You and your children can observe the dinosaur tracks and fossil replicas, which can change your understanding of the early Jurassic world of dinosaurs. St. George is also known for its abundance of fine dining restaurants offering various cuisines.
If you rather want to spend less, take a scenic drive across its various natural formations and you can have yourself a completely free yet very fulfilling experience.