Provo Has One of the Best Downtowns in the Country

Downtown Provo, UT
Downtown Provo, UT

Recent revitalization projects enhance downtown Provo's already quaint, village-like atmosphere drawing more businesses and residents to the area. Well-preserved downtown buildings dating from the 1800s to the early 1900s rise against a backdrop of mountains creating a picturesque setting for the many events downtown. Provo is a regional activity center for the Utah Valley. 

Basics: A series of new development projects in downtown Provo kicked off in 2009 with the construction of Zions Bank Financial Center. The Utah Valley Convention Center also opened recently. In fact, the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association used some of the center's 83,578 square feet of meeting and event space for its fall conference in 2012, where it offered a course focused on the city's downtown revitalization strategy and the convention center's role in that plan.

Future downtown construction plans include a Center Temple for The Church of Latter-day Saints, a new corporate headquarters for NuSkin Enterprises, and a new interchange at Interstate 15 and Center Street.

Details: Historic downtown Provo encompasses 35 blocks and contains more than 150 retail stores, 39 restaurants and several government and private offices. In addition, many consider the Covey Center for the Arts and farmers market among the district's top assets. Turn-of-the-century street lighting and traffic signals add to the historical ambiance that visitors and residents embrace. Finding a parking space in downtown used to be a real hassle, but today there are 12 free parking areas near the intersection of Center Street and University Avenue, a popular spot. Residents enjoy a low cost of living, low crime rate and many recreational activities. The Utah Transit Authority plans to bring its commuter rail line, FrontRunner, to the downtown area.

Don't Miss: Communal and Bombay house for eats, Velour Live Music Gallery for tunes, ABG's Libation Emporium for drinks