Cactus & Tropicals has an incredible assortment of heirloom succulents, as well as exotic and traditional plants for home and garden. Camping World has all the RV supplies, accessories, and parts to keep you going on your Big 5 (Utah’s five national parks) adventure. Get lost in the Swedish wonderland of home goods at IKEA or find an assortment of shops at Bangerter Crossing, where you'll find the local and wonderful grocer Harmon's.
Draper offers a smorgasbord of options to keep the little ones entertained. The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is home to 4,000 animals representing 450 species. The public aquarium consists of three main exhibits: Discover Utah, Ocean Explorer, and Journey to South America. Boondocks is the place for bodacious activities of all colors, while Cowabunga Bay Water Park is where the kids can get wet and wild. And Strangling Brothers Utah Haunted Circus is one of the scariest spook allies around...because clowns. During the summer, check out community theatre and music at the Draper Amphitheater.
The real treat in Draper is the more than 90 miles of cycling, hiking, and equestrian trails. Some of the most iconic destinations include Corner Canyon and Bell Canyon; the latter boasts several beautiful and photo-worthy waterfalls. At the Point of the Mountain, you can experience hang gliding or paragliding at one of the most well-known and best sites in the world.
There’s a cluster of hotels right off of I-15 for your convenience. For higher-end accommodations, check out SpringHill Suites Salt Lake City Draper or Fairfield Inn Salt Lake City Draper. For a night’s sleep that won’t break the bank, your options include Comfort Inn and Ramada Limited Draper.
Rumor has it that the crag known as Red Rock was established by a dentist—there are route names like "Dry Socket" and "Bad Case of Gingivitis." The Red Rock wall has a number of moderate, top-ropable routes found by an easy approach, which makes it an excellent place to take beginners or to get in a couple of nice, mellow climbs at the end of a spring ski day.
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