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November 24, 2023updated May 24, 2024

St George: The Adventure Travel Capital of Utah

St George has plenty to offer, from nearby national parks to a bustling arts and culture scene.

By Elite Traveler

Found in the southwestern corner of the state of Utah, St George is a vibrant and picturesque city that offers visitors a unique blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventures and a rich historical heritage. St George is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the US; the city is in close proximity to Zion National Park, famous for its soaring red cliffs, deep canyons and numerous hiking trails.

Take to the skies in a private helicopter tour to admire the striking landscapes from above. Snow Canyon State Park is just a short drive away from St George and has striking red rock formations, lava caves and scenic trails for hiking and biking.

As St George has a warm and sunny climate, outdoor activities abound all year long. The city has a number of excellent golf courses, including several award-winning ones. Tee off amid the red rock canyons and enjoy the desert’s beauty. Adventure seekers can indulge in activities like rock climbing, canyoneering, mountain biking, ATV tours and, for the most thrill-seeking, skydiving.

The city is also home to an exciting arts and culture scene. The Tuacahn Amphitheatre, set against the dramatic backdrop of red rock cliffs, hosts world- class theatrical productions, including Broadway musicals, concerts and dance performances. The city also hosts various festivals and events throughout the year, including the St George Art Festival, a long-standing tradition that brings together artists, artisans and craftsmen.

Tuacahn Center
Tuacahn Center for the Arts / ©Shutterstock

The St George Marathon, typically held in October, is a Boston Marathon qualifier, appealing to serious runners hoping to take on the prestigious race. Even for those not looking to qualify, the marathon is extremely popular thanks to the spellbinding scenery —the marathon course starts in the majestic Pine Valley Mountains and winds its way through the southwestern Utah landscape, passing through the picturesque Veyo Volcano and Snow Canyon State Park. Runners are treated to breathtaking views of the red rock canyons, lava fields and the surrounding desert scenery throughout the race.

For those wanting to indulge in a spot of retail therapy, St George’s charming downtown area offers an array of upscale boutiques, art galleries and specialty stores. Discover handcrafted treasures, exquisite art pieces and stylish attire.

Where to sleep

Set close to the country’s most popular national parks (including Zion National Park and Snow Canyon State Park), The Advenire can be found in the Historic Arts District. Part of the Autograph Collection, the charming boutique hotel has a 24-hour gym with state-of-the-art equipment, a bike valet, an award-winning restaurant, rooftop terrace and finely appointed suites. Opt for the Executive King Terrace Suite, a one-bedroom hideaway with a private balcony and terrace.

25 W St George Blvd, +1 435 522 5022,

Where to eat

The award-winning Cliffside Restaurant is, as the name suggests, located directly on the cliff above the boulevard, overlooking the St George valley. The upscale eatery has a large open dining room with huge windows — meaning every seat in the house enjoys a jaw-dropping view. There is also a three- tiered patio and an exclusive private dining room for up to 12 guests that quite literally hangs over the cliff.

511 S Tech Ridge Drive, +1 435 319 6005,

Where to fly

Million Air will take over the Above View FBO at St George’s Regional Airport. With ambitious plans to revamp the existing facility, Million Air will deliver a facility, level of service and amenities that will be unrivaled at this airport.

Million Air St George (SGU), St George Regional Airport 4196 S Airport Parkway, Unit 2A St George, UT 84790;, +1 435 688 8009,

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