St George, in the very southwestern corner of Utah, distinguishes itself from other Utah towns in a few ways. It has temperate weather and it’s the biggest city outside of the Wasatch Range and Salt Lake City. It’s welcoming and laid back, with a vibrant arts scene including the Tuacahn Amphitheatre which hosts outdoor world-class performances.
Yes, Zion National Park is quite nearby. It’s 33 miles to the Kolob entrance or 43 miles to the Springdale entrance. But St George is defined by its own stunning red rock formations — absolutely don’t miss Snow Canyon State Park with tons of hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. (I also always love riding e-bikes around town.)
St George’s history dates back to the mid-1800s when Mormon pioneers settled the area; visitors can explore the Brigham Young Winter Home and the St. George Temple. Stroll through the Historic District to discover local shops, restaurants, and art galleries. — Kim Grant