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Summer Vacation Ideas

Cedar City is a small town of a little of 20,000 residents who welcome a rush of tourists year round for various activities and reasons. Residents here love their accessibility to several National Parks, and the Brian Head ski area, which also provides fun entertainment during the summer months.

Festival City USA

In 2004, Cedar City became known as "Festival City USA," due to its current offering of some 17 festivals year-round. The most famous festival is the Shakespeare Festival, which presents classic and contemporaty plays with Shakespeare's plays as the cornerstone. This is a Tony-award winning theater, so you can image the draw it attracts each year. Another fun festival to participate in is Southern Utah University's Thunderbird Film Festival, which showcased student and independent films each year. During the Wildflower Festival, you can join a specialist on a guided hike and learn all about the different wildflowers in the area that pop up year after year. These are just a few festivals in this town each year. For a full list, visit the town website and start planning your trip around your favorite kind of arts.

Brian Head

This is the highest ski town in the U.S. but remains open all year with fun activities like hiking, biking, and birdwatching. The small town area has excellent cuisine and plenty of places to stay while you are visiting. Many people head to Brian Head Peak during their visit for bike rides and hikes. With an elevation of 11,307 feet, this is the highest point for the geological formation known as the Grand Staircase.

National Parks

With two major National Parks so near by, many people visit Cedar City on their way to and from the parks. While sightseeing, visitors will hike, bike, whitewater raft, golf, attend group outing and guided tours, and just soak in the very rich cultural history found in the area. Get the National Park pass for $80 and you'll be able to gain entrance to any of the parks throughout the season.


Just like Colorado, many people wait to travel here until the fall, just to see the Aspens as they change from green to yellows, organges, and reds. As they shimmer in the wind, you'll be inspired to hike, fish, and even drive around the area, just to be near them more before the season ends.