Three Upcoming Fall Festivals near Vernal, Utah

Utah is an amazing place to live year-round, but the autumn brings us some of the most exciting events statewide. Vernal is uniquely located close to major centers of action, like Salt Lake City and Moab, but also plays host to its own unique events. Here are three can’t miss fall festivals near Vernal this year.

Utah State Fair in September

 The Utah State Fair will be held in Salt Lake City from September 8 to 18. There is no shortage of things to do at the fair, including the rodeo, circus, excellent food, music, and more. You can order your tickets to specific concert events online here.

Pumpkin Chunkin’ Festival in October

What better way to get in the Halloween spirit than this classic event down in Moab, Utah? The annual pumpkin chunkin’ event will be held on October 26 at the Old Airport Runway. The event will include pie eating (as well as lots of other eating from a number of food vendors), wiener dog races, costume contests, kids’ activities, game booths, arts and crafts, and more.

Vernal Community Holly Days Festival in November

 This annual event is free and family-friendly. This year marks the 15th annual festival. Come for the holiday spirit, including gingerbread house contests, a parade of lights, and more. The event will be held on November 23.

For more ways to celebrate the season, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to share our favorite pastimes.

Cool Off This Summer at These 5 Utah Water Parks

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We are in the thick of summer heat here in the Beehive State. Cool off by visiting one of these five Utah water parks with family and friends.

  1. Seven Peaks: Located in Salt Lake City, Seven Peaks is a favorite for visitors of all ages. The amazing water park currently holds 14 slides and also has fun areas like Dinosaur Bay and the Amazon River.
  2. Cherry Hill: Kaysville’s Cherry Hill includes the Pirate Cove attraction that kids love. Parents can relax in the lazy river while thrill seekers will enjoy the Cardiac Canyon River Run.
  3. Cowabunga Bay: Head to Cowabunga Bay in Draper for colorful waterslides and fun in the sun. Kids will have a blast in the maze of water attractions while parents can ease into the zero-degree entry pool, take it easy on the lazy river or go crazy on the 11 waterslides.
  4. Layton Surf-n-Swim: Open year-round, this wave pool in Layton is a top attraction — and it’s incredibly affordable at just $4.50.
  5. Lagoon-a-Beach: Farmington’s Lagoon-a-Beach water park is the perfect place to chill off after a hot day of rides at the Lagoon amusement park. This water park includes hydro tubes, waterslides, waterfalls and a lazy river.

For more ideas on fun ways to stay cool this summer, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll gladly recommend our favorite sites to explore.

Here’s How to Really Stay Organized on Your Road Trip

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Road trips with the whole family are often the best part of summer—especially when you take along the capable and spacious Ford Explorer. However, having so many people and their belongings in a confined space lends itself to messes and clutter. Here’s how to stay organized on your road trip.

  • Pack smart: To avoid having to dig through all your luggage at a rest stop, pack the things you know you won’t need until you arrive at your destination at the bottom of the luggage heap. Pack each occupant a small bag with the essentials they will need during the car ride.
  • Collect garbage efficiently: Place a garbage bag in each row of seating to keep trash contained during the drive. Dispose of trash each time the driver stops to fill up the tank or for meals. Spending a little time each stop on cleaning will prevent messes from growing.
  • Bring cleaning materials: Accidents happen, especially when traveling with little ones. Bring cleaning supplies to prevent stains and clean up sticky fingers. Stick to “clean snacks” (those that aren’t sticky and don’t crumble), and pack waters in a cooler up front. Waters are not only refreshing but useful for cleaning up messes in the cabin.

For even more suggestions on how to minimize the mess during a road trip, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll also be glad to schedule a pre-road trip maintenance appointment for your Explorer or other Ford model, to ensure that your trip is a safe and smooth one.

Here’s How You Can Save Money on Your Road Trip

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Spring is the perfect time for a family vacation, but let’s face: Traveling isn’t cheap. Never fear—there are plenty of ways that we Clark Griswolds of the world can be frugal and still take our family on great adventures. Here are three ways you can save money on your road trip.

  • Don’t speed: Sure, speeding will get you to your destination faster, but half the fun of road trips is the time you spend bonding while driving. Staying closer to the highway speed limit will ensure you optimize your fuel economy and will also make it a lot harder for a cop to justify giving you an expensive speeding ticket.
  • Pack snacks and food: Gas stations, diners, and vending machines can add up when it comes time to feed your family. Pack a cooler with sandwiches, fruits, and veggies. Don’t forget protein-packed snacks to keep you from getting hungry. You can even bring bottled water and coffee from home to help you save even more on dining expenses.
  • Be smart about lodging: You don’t have to stay in five-star hotels every night. Consider camping with the family or look at an affordable Airbnb as an alternative. If you have friends or family along your route that you haven’t seen in a while, consider staying with them—just be sure to take them out to dinner as a thank you.If you need more suggestions for how to save some cash on your next weekend escape or family vacation, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to share our insights.

 

Check Out the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum

Check Out the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum

If you are new to the Uintah Basin or are just here for a visit, be sure to add the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum to your list. The museum is located at 496 E Main Street in Vernal, Utah. The park costs $7 a day for adults and $3.50 for seniors and children ages six to 12; children five and under get in free.

The Uinta Fossil Journey exhibit is one the whole family will love. You will start by searching for a stone, then move on to finding fossils, discovering dinosaurs, journeying to the Jurassic, traveling through time, exploring the Eocene, and studying rocks. There are also changing exhibits to explore, and don’t forget to check out the Edaphosaurus exhibit to learn more about dinosaurs.

In the spring (March through Memorial Day), the museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Starting Memorial Day Weekend, the museum shifts to summer hours (9am until 7pm) until September 3rd. September 3rd marks fall hours, again from 9am to 5pm. Winter hours (October to March) are from 9am to 5pm. Mondays through Saturday; the museum is closed on Sundays in the winter.

For more suggestions on which exhibits to see at the museum or on other sites to explore in the area, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to share our favorite local haunts.