Introduction to Cedar City, Utah
The town of Cedar City makes a good home base for a visit to the many striking national parks in Southern Utah. Getting here is about a 2 ½-hour drive from Las Vegas, which makes a good entry point by air.
●Crystal Inn 1575 West 200 North, 2 mi. from downtown, (888) 787-6661, (435) 586-8888. 100 rooms; 2 stories. Heated pool; hot tub; sauna; exercise room. Full buffet breakfast; restaurant (L-high tea-D daily). Free WiFi. This inn is considered the best in town, with large, comfortable rooms and cool cotton-swathed beds. A shuttle van is available into downtown.
●Frontier Homestead State Park Museum 635 N. Main St., 435-586-9290. M-Sat 9am-5pm. Displays include rare horse-drawn vehicles used from 1850 to 1920 and a collection of pioneer artifacts. An iron industry exhibit features the only known remaining artifact from the original foundry--the town bell.
Utah Shakespearean Festival On the Southern Utah University campus, (800) PLAYTIX, (435) 586-7878. June-Oct. Children must be age 6+. This regional theatre has a 5-month season of plays and musicals. Settings include both an open-air theater patterned after Shakespeare’s Globe and a modern facility for contemporary plays. In the 2012 season, I saw “Mary Stuart,” and the quality of the performances was top-notch. It was well deserving of the standing ovation received. A free pre-performance Greenshow features music, song, and dance on the grass outside. Atmospherically dressed hawkers sell Renaissance Faire-style foods, including favorites with locals--dessert tarts and “puck” candy (a large, round, puck-like “turtle” made of milk chocolate with a caramel-pecan center).
More things to do in Utah.
More ideas for travel adventures in California and the U.S. and around the world.
image c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers