Weekend Getaway - Provo Utah Travel Guide

Are you traveling to Provo Utah in the near future? If so, you will want to know the best places to eat, what you can do while there, and where to stay. I've got all that information for you today so planning your trip to Provo will be easy!

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Provo is best known for Brigham Young University, home of the Cougars. While it is a college town, there is so much more to it as well! You can visit beautiful scenery nearby, enjoy the fun downtown area in the evenings, shop to your hearts content, and take a trip around the world when you visit the many restaurants available.

I'm excited to share places to stay in Provo, local eateries you won't want to miss, and nearby activities. Take a look at what Provo Utah has to offer for a fun weekend away from your daily cares.

Weekend Getaway in Provo Utah

Sometimes it's nice to get away for a weekend; you can relax, take a visit to a new place (or one you enjoy visiting again and again), chat over meals that you don't have to prepare or clean up after, experience new things, and leave your day-to-day worries behind.

A few months ago my husband and I decided at the last minute that we wanted to get away for a day. We decided to visit Provo Utah for our day away. We live quite close to Provo, but don't generally take the time to wander around the city very often. We thought it would be nice to have a relaxing weekend and explore the city.

Where to Eat in Provo Utah

dining options in Provo Utah Oregano Italian Kitchen

Provo has plenty of dining options. If you go to the downtown area, there are quite a few local restaurants to choose from. If you want the comfort of a meal from a restaurant you know, there are chain restaurants you will enjoy also. You can stop in for a quick bite at some great fast dining options too. There is a little bit for everyone!

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  • Wild Ginger - Chinese Food and Sushi. The best House Fried Rice and Sweet and Sour Pork in Utah County. Have loved every menu item we have tried, very generous portions
  • Oregano Italian Kitchen - See photo above for tasty Italian dishes. Their creamy alfredo sauce is amazing!
  • Brick Oven Pizza - You want the tastiest pizza around? Go to Brick Oven! Eating in or to go are delicious! Can't decide which pizza you want? Not a problem, you can order the sampler and they bring around slices of different pizza pies to choose from.
  • Los Hermanos - Fantastic Mexican food! Their chips and guacamole are so good. Try their fajitas for perfectly spiced meats and veggies.
  • Rodizio Grill - In the mood for large portions of Brazilian food? Head to Rodizio for their flavorful meats, scrumptious sides, and the best grilled pineapple you have ever tried!

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Quick Eats

  • Cupbob Korean BBQ - Noodles, rice, and meat topped with your choice of sauce options. This place is amazing! Both at their store or if you have the chance to visit their food truck.
  • 180 Tacos - So may delicious flavors in these tacos! Grab a quick lunch - I suggest the Baja Fish or Old Skool.
  • JCW's - Want to fill up on quick American food before heading to a game at BYU? JCW's has tasty food and big servings. Whether you are in the mood for burgers, sandwiches, salads, or the tastiest onion rings around.
  • Pita Pit - Pitas stuffed with your favorite sandwich makings - vegetarian options, fresh sliced meats, and even breakfast pitas!

Desserts in Provo utah French Bakery

  • Bianca's La Petite French Bakery - Croissants, pastries, desserts, and macarons are just right for a sweet treat.
  • Waffle Love - So many choices of out of this world waffles. Plenty of toppings to choose from for their sweet waffles and their savory ones too. Our end of school year celebration finds us at Waffle Love every year. 
  • Shirley's Bakery - Sweet rolls (orange is my favorite) and eclairs that will make your mouth water. They also serve sandwiches and have the most amazing egg bread (only available on Friday!).
  • Rockwell Ice Cream - Old fashioned ice cream that will leave your tummy happy. Mint Chocolate is delicious!

Where to Stay in Provo Utah

Provo has a large university and quite a few conferences throughout the year, so there are plenty of places from which to choose for your stay. There are a few hotels to choose from, or you can go the homey route and stay at a bed and breakfast.

  • SpringHill Suites Marriot
  • Courtyard by Marriot
  • Hampton Inn
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriot
  • Sleep Inn
  • Baymont Inn & Suites

Hines Mansion Bed and Breakfast where to stay in provo utah
Hines Mansion is a pioneer home that has been converted into a lovely bed and breakfast. The house has an interesting history and the proprietor will gladly tell you fascinating tales over a delicious breakfast. Hear about it being a family home, a secret meeting place for Butch Cassidy, a craft boutique, and a restaurant. What a wonderful history it has!

This bed and breakfast has the charm of an old pioneer home with the convenience of updated and cozy rooms. Each room has a private bath, jetted tubs, comfortable beds, and many have sitting areas. There are fresh cookies in the kitchen also that you can enjoy for a little snack.

Whispering Willow Room at the Hines Mansion B&B in Provo
Whispering Willow Room at Hines Mansion Bed & Breakfast

Pretty Stained Glass at Hines Mansion Bed and Breakfast
Original stained glass window at Hines Mansion Bed and Breakfast

kitchen and cozy dining area at hines mansion bed and breakfast

homemade breakfast Bed and Breakfast Provo Utah
Delicious breakfast of yogurt, homemade granola, sliced fruit, buckwheat pancakes, sausage, and blueberries

I love that they help support local businesses too. They provide soap locally made by Sego Lily Soap, the Flap Jack Drizzle syrup is made here in Utah, and they have a stand in the foyer that sells locally made artisan products, hats, books, the tasty syrup, and wonderful smelling soaps.

Things To Do in Provo Utah

There are plenty of things to do in Provo, so you don't have to worry about being bored during your trip. You will be able to enjoy nature, the arts, fun activities, and explore the city.

Bridal Veil Falls Provo Utah Ali Biorn Photography
photo courtesy of Ali Biorn Photography
Nature Activities
If you are a nature lover there are plenty of parks in the city, recreation on nearby lakes, hikes in the canyon, and beautiful places to visit.

  • Hike at Bridal Veil Falls Park
  • Drive up Provo Canyon to Sundance Resort - skiing in winter, biking and hiking in summer
  • Fish or go boating on Utah Lake
  • Drive up Squaw Peak for a beautiful overlook of the city
  • Visit the BYU Arboreatum
  • Visit one of the 53 city parks

LDS Provo City Center Temple Summer Sunset
Arts and Nightlife
Enjoy the local arts and nightlife in Provo. Museums, art, music, and laughs galore.

  • Free museums on BYU campus 
  • Covey Center for the Arts - music performances, plays, dance performances
  • Provo City Library - Attic art gallery and small art showcase
  • Downtown Art Stroll
  • Velour live music
  • Live comedy shows - ImprovBroadway, ComedySportz, Dry Bar Comedy
  • Visit the shops downtown or people gaze
  • Walk around the beautiful Provo City Center Temple

Produce at Provo Farmer's Market Summer Saturday Mornings
Fun Activities
Spend your time shopping, getting active, enjoy the local sites and history, and more.
  • Peaks Ice Arena - Ice skate at an Olympic arena
  • Provo Beach Resort - Fun for all ages! Bowling, laser tag, croquet golf, indoor surfing and more!
  • Pioneer Village - see what life was like for the early settlers of Provo.
  • Provo Freedom Festival (week of 4th of July) - Food, rides, parades, hot air balloons, local booths
  • Provo Farmers Market - fresh produce, locally made items, and tasty food trucks on Saturday mornings through the summer
  • Food Truck Roundup Thursday at the Startup building

I hope that you found this travel post useful for an upcoming trip you will be making to Provo. There is plenty to see and do while visiting. I'd love to hear about different places you have enjoyed eating or your favorite activities while in Provo.

Don't forget to visit my Travel tab for more posts about other places in Utah to visit, our beautiful National Parks, and California. As the year progresses, you can also find Utah specific information for other weekend getaways on this post.

Make planning your trip to Provo Easy with this travel guide

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