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More than a conveniently located basecamp for a Zion National Park adventure, St. George offers as many things to do outdoors as Utah's 5 national parks—without the crowds. You can hike through red-rock valleys at Snow Canyon, Martian landscapes at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, and sandy expanses at Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. The city is less than 2 hours from Las Vegas and 3 hours from the Grand Canyon, which means it's easily accessible for anyone on a trip through the Southwest. Families can find a welcome reprieve from Vegas at the St. George Children's Museum, Thunder Junction All Abilities Park, and the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm.
As you walk around downtown, there are frequent reminders that this city was founded by prominent members of the LDS Church. Visits to the St. George Tabernacle and the Brigham Young Winter Home bring this pioneering history to life. If you're wandering around at night, you can't miss the pride of the city, the immense and well-lit St. George Temple.
North of the City
Utah's national parks dot the southern end of the state, leaving the area north of St. George less trampled. The Red Cliffs National Conservation Area is at the northeastern corner of the Mojave Desert and features 130 miles (210 km) of trails for you to explore.
Zion National Park
Don't forget about the crown jewel of the national park system, Zion National Park, which is just 40 scenic miles (64 km) away. Adventurous hikers can head to Angels Landing to take in bird’s-eye views of the lush Virgin River Valley as it winds through the vermillion and chocolate-colored cliffs of Zion Canyon. The Riverside Walk is paved and relatively level, which makes it perfect for small children and those who use wheelchairs.
If you want to see all of St. George in a single place, venture up to Dixie Sugarloaf. This rock formation sits prominently above the city and gives you a chance to catch an incredible sunset as the lights of the St. George Temple give the city a heavenly glow. If you are looking for a youthful vibe, head over to Dixie State College. You may even find out why so many places in the city bear the name Dixie, despite the city's distance from the South and lack of participation in the Civil War.
Kids and adults alike can thoroughly enjoy plenty of family-friendly things to do in St. George. The Thunder Junction All Abilities Park is a unique play space offering sensory-rich experiences that are sure to delight children of all abilities. At the St. George Children's Museum, the kids can join a pit crew, milk a mechanical cow, and practice their firefighting skills. And no matter your age, the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm gives you a chance to see fossils and imagine the massive creatures that roamed through this once verdant and watery land.
If you get thirsty for a cocktail, there is no place like The One & Only. With a name that harkens back to when this hotspot was the only place in St. George to get a cold one, the pub is a great place to mingle with locals. St. George is an excellent vacation destination in itself, but it also works as a relaxing stopping point on a longer Southwest vacation.
Traveling on a shoestring budget in St. George? Spend time, not money, on great experiences.
Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum - Take the entire family and enjoy a journey of discovery through history with one another.
Pioneer Park - If you want to increase the fun factor on your getaway, this is a good place to start.
Brigham Young Winter Home - You'll feel like you've gone back in time while ambling around this historic site.
St. George Tabernacle - Take a few moments for some prayer or meditation at this tranquil sacred place.
Turtleback Mountain - You'll be treated to views that'll inspire awe at this natural marvel.
Pioneer Park - Organize a picnic and enjoy a walk around the interesting plants.
Put on some sunscreen and your sunglasses and try outdoor activities like a Zion National Park VIP Tour with Lunch or a Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks Day Tour From Las Vegas.
Your break in St. George won't cost an arm and a leg with free things like these to discover: