Provo best is known for its strong connection to the Mormon faith and being the home of Brigham Young University (BYU), a private research university owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. But that's not all it has to offer!
Founded by Mormon settlers in 1849, Provo was the first Mormon colony in Utah outside of Salt Lake Valley. It was known as the "Garden City" because of its extensive fruit orchards and gardens. Provo was a major center of industry, commerce, and government in Utah Valley, with the Provo Woolen Mills, mining, and steel production playing important roles in its economy. In recent years, Provo has transitioned into a modern metropolitan area.
With BYU at its center, Provo is a thriving college town. The city is popular with families for its low crime rate and safe atmosphere, as well as its cultural events and diverse restaurants. There is a growing sense of excitement and energy in Provo, with new businesses and projects constantly emerging. This influx of young talent and innovation is helping to drive the city's economic growth and development, and contribute to a vibrant and dynamic community.
In recent years, the city has made improvements to its public transit and airport, making it easier to access and explore. Additionally, Provo has been recognized as a bike-friendly community with a growing network of bike lanes, paths, and trails. Provo is a hub for outdoor activities, with many opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, and other outdoor pursuits.
When it comes to scenic beauty, arts, great entertainment, recreation and multiple parks, few communities can match Provo's ability to attract and keep new residents. Add in the superlative cuisine, low crime, quality education from kindergarten through university level, and top notch healthcare it really is a near perfect environment. Residents of Provo and other Utah Valley communities wake up to some of the most beautiful vistas imaginable, with the towering peaks of Timpanogos shadowing the valley. Forbes magazine rates Utah Valley as one of the top places in the nation to do business due to its tremendous entrepreneurial spirit and business-friendly conditions. Provo offers museums and culture with its Covey Center for the Arts Theatre and the many facilities associated with the Brigham Young University campus and Utah Valley University campus. Team sports are a community favorite and each have their own devoted admirers. Provo truly seeks to impress!
College town Provo is the hub of Brigham Young University, however Provo is also popular for its cultural events and restaurants. The variety of restaurants range from Peruvian to Czech to Mexican, including my beloved Don Joaquin, my go-to street taco hideaway! There are tons of festivals, carnivals, concerts, and street markets that take up a portion of Center Street every couple months - including the always favorite Polynesian Festival and the Rooftop Concert Series. Provo is also the place to be for the nature-lovers out there. Backpacking, hiking, and rock climbing are popular activities, with Provo in such close proximity to a multitude of hikes and beautiful climbing outlooks. Whatever your hobbies, you will find that living in Provo enables you to try new things, connect with people of your own interests, and always have something to do on the weekends.
Provo's improvement to life can be attributed to the advancements in travel. Public transit has made strides with the introduction of the Frontrunner commuter rail into the borders of Provo. This has made travel to the Northern parts of the valley effortless. The local Provo airport has also taken steps to provide more for Provo residents, with more scheduled flights making it easier to plan your travels. Additionally, Provo has been named one of the most bike-friendly communities in the nation. With a substantial network of bike lanes, paths, trails and they continue to add more every year.