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9 fun activities to fill up your Labor Day weekend

By , | Posted - Aug 28th, 2014 @ 2:24pm



Labor Day weekend means summer's last hurrah is officially here. Whether you plan to stay close to home or hit the open road for one last summer adventure, make the most of the long holiday weekend with these fun activities and ideas:

1. Camping

Labor Day weekend is a popular time for camping in Utah. The weather is just right and the scenery is stunning. Reservations go fast, but you may still be able to snag a spot at one of Utah's 43 State Parks. Check out your options and reserve online.

2. Visit Utah's National Parks

Utah also boasts five national parks. With breathtaking cliffs, captivating arches, gorgeous red rocks and more, visiting Utah's national parks is a definite must for any bucket list. Several parks are in close proximity, making them the perfect destination for a Labor Day road trip.

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3. Hiking and Backpacking

Labor Day is also the perfect time to go hiking or backpacking in Utah. From family friendly beginner trails, to advanced trails for die-hard backpackers, there are great options for people of all ages and skill levels.

4. Fishing

Fishing is a relaxing and enjoyable activity for the whole family. You can make a weekend out of it and hop on a boat at one of Utah's amazing lakes and reservoirs, but did you know that Utah also has hundreds of great fishing holes close to home? Visit FishUtah.org and put in your address to find out which location is closest to you.

5. River Tubing

If you're looking for a fun way to cool off, hop on a tube and take a ride down the Weber or Provo Rivers. River tubing is perfect for groups, and is an enjoyable scenic adventure for Labor Day.

6. Swiss Days

Crafts, delicious food, music, a parade and more, Swiss Days is being held August 29-30 at the Town Square in Midway. This event is an annual tradition you don't want to miss.

7. Park City Miner's Day and Labor Day Celebration

Park City is celebrating its mining heritage this Labor Day weekend with a 5K, music, parade, pancake breakfast and more. Don't forget the annual ‘running of the balls' event. Check out the Park City Miner's Day Celebration for a fun activity only minutes from Salt Lake City.

8. Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Championship and Festival

Solider Hollow is the destination for family fun as 64 of the world's best sheepdogs compete in the annual Soldier Hollow Sheepdog Championship.

9. Oktoberfest

Snowbird's 42nd annual Oktoberfest is taking place every weekend (including Labor Day) through October 12. Breathe in that mountain air and enjoy classic German food, music and activities for the whole family.

Whether you are planning a road trip or staying close to home, it is important to plan ahead to keep your family safe. AAA estimates nearly 35 million people will travel for Labor Day, and with more people on the roads your risk of being involved in a crash increases.

Before you hit the road, make sure that you get plenty of rest and that everyone in your car buckles up no matter how far you are traveling. Follow the speed limit and obey the traffic laws, and never text or drive distracted. If you are involved in a crash, follow these steps to make sure you protect your rights and get the help you need.

Have a safe and memorable Labor Day weekend!

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