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Utah Valley, UT Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 23
Total Sleeping Rooms 2,945
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 300
Committable Meeting Rooms* 21
Convention Center Space 83,578 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 19,620 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 16,894 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $81
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $51
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $250
*Maximum for a single hotel

Utah Valley, UT Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Guide to Utah Valley, written for meeting professionals. Accessible, affordable, and astoundingly scenic, Utah Valley is rich in arts and culture, year-round recreation, historical sites, and unique event venues, making this site of natural beauty a fantastic meeting and leisure destination. Situated in the Wasatch Mountain range of the Rocky Mountains, Utah Valley is home to such cities as Provo, Orem, and Lehi; as well as meeting centers, mountain surroundings, and adventure sites, all in a string along I-15, starting 30 minutes south of Salt Lake City. The region serves as an ideal hub for excursions to nearby canyons, national parks, and monuments; in fact, most Utah ski resorts are situated within one hour of Utah Valley. Located 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, Provo serves as the meeting center of Utah Valley; home to the new LEED Silver-certified Utah Valley Convention Center, Provo is also known for its business culture.

Both Provo Municipal Airport and Salt Lake City International Airport provide air service for the Utah Valley region. Situated four miles outside of downtown Provo, Provo Municipal Airport provides general aviation services, as well as commercial service to Los Angeles, Mesa/Phoenix, and Oakland/San Francisco aboard Allegiant Air. Situated 50 miles outside of Provo, Salt Lake City International Airport is an important hub for Delta Air Lines, from which it provides nonstop service to 90 major cities. The two-terminal, 83-gate airport ranks as the 26th-busiest airport in North America. Passengers can access taxi, limo, and shuttle service to Utah Valley in the baggage claim area of both terminals, as well as board Utah Transit Authority (UTA) bus service to Salt Lake City. UTA operates bus and FrontRunner commuter rail service to the Utah Valley region. Aside from UTA offerings, the easiest way to travel throughout Utah Valley is by car.

Nestled in historic downtown Provo and boasting spectacular views of the Wasatch Mountains, the state-of-the-art Utah Valley Convention Center opened in 2012. Offering 83,578 square feet of combined meeting, pre-function, and garden space, the center was designed with versatility in mind. The first floor of the Utah Valley Convention Center houses the offices of the Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as the Utah Valley Visitors Center, while event spaces range from the 19,620-square-foot Exhibit Hall and 16,894-square-foot Ballroom to the 6,862-square-foot Junior Ballroom and 663-square-foot Boardroom. The Utah Valley Convention Center is conveniently located 10 minutes from Provo Municipal Airport, 45 minutes from Salt Lake City International Airport, and within minutes of restaurants, golf courses, and a variety of Utah Valley attractions.

Ranging from a four-season resort to a center for discovery (complete with the world's largest dinosaur exhibit), Utah Valley's unique venues make ideal options for group retreats and gatherings. Robert Redford's Sundance Resort serves as a place of environmental conservation, artistic experimentation, and mountain recreation, as well as an event center, thanks to its many indoor and outdoor group spaces. Groups can gather in such spaces as the 4,223-square-foot Rehearsal Hall outfitted with complete walls of sliding barn-style doors, and the 3,500-square-foot Redford Conference Center, with reception areas that wrap around the building and transition to the outdoors, as well as the Elk Meadows outdoor space encircled by aspen trees. Situated in Lehi, Thanksgiving Point promotes hands-on discovery through its large number of attractions, which include 55 acres of gardens — complete with the largest artificial waterfall in the Western Hemisphere — as well as two movie theaters, a championship public golf course, Art Institute classes, and the world-class Museum of Ancient Life, home to the 60 complete dinosaur skeletal displays and a large collection of original fossils. Visitors can actually touch real fossils, dinosaur bones, and dinosaur eggs at this hands-on museum. Event spaces at Thanksgiving Point include the 10,626-square-foot Show Barn and the 20-acre Electric Park, graced with basketball and sand volleyball courts and a covered, open-air pavilion for 500 guests.

Additional Utah Valley unique venues include Orem's SCERA Center for the Arts, which showcases top local and regional talent in its variety of arts programming. Provo's Covey Center for the Arts features art exhibits, concerts, and plays, as well as offers a variety of dance and music classes and private event rentals in its performance and meeting space. Located four miles from downtown Provo, Utah Lake State Park features a group-use pavilion, as well as the largest freshwater lake in Utah, making it a perfect site for boating, fishing, swimming, picnicking, and camping.

About Utah Valley, UT / Additional Info

Currently ranked number three as the most livable city in the country, Utah Valley offers all the amenities of city living, as well as breathtaking scenery, year-round adventure, rich history, and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Utah Valley is home to Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University, which host a multi-cultural population; at Brigham Young University alone, the student body represents some 120 countries.

Many of Utah Valley's communities and attractions are at least 150 years old, and continue to preserve and honor the region's past. Originally home to Native Americans, Utah Valley was also the destination for Spanish explorers, mountain men, trappers, and pioneers emigrating to the West. The region's first permanent settlers were Mormon pioneers sent south from Salt Lake Valley by their leader, Brigham Young, in 1849. Provo was the first Utah Valley settlement, followed by other communities founded in 1850. In 1873, a line of the transcontinental railroad extended to Provo, providing rail connections throughout the Intermountain West, and residents formed irrigation districts throughout the region. Utah Valley's industry grew from agriculture, government, and education, and starting in the 1980s, the region became an entrepreneurial hot spot and high-tech center. Today, Utah Valley enjoys a solid economy, low crime rate, and a young, well-educated population.

Utah Valley is home to a number of museums and historical sites that focus on Native-American culture, pioneer lore, and geology. Timpanogos Cave National Monument welcomes visitors to tour a three-cave system filled with more than 43 varieties of cave formations, including helictites, anthodites, and frostwork of a variety of colors and textures. Lehi's John Hutchings Museum of Natural History showcases a diverse collection of American West artwork and artifacts, as well as a number of interactive touch exhibits. Brigham Young University's 560-acre campus is home to a variety of public museums and libraries, which can be explored during the free campus tour that visitors can reserve.

Utah Valley is also a shopping and fine-dining destination. Lehi is home to The Outlets at Traverse Mountain, the first and only outlet center in Utah Valley. Visitors and locals alike frequent Provo's Muse Music Cafe for casual dining and live music acts. Also located in Provo, Black Sheep Cafe serves contemporary versions of traditional Native-American cuisine, such as frybread and Navajo tacos. Communal Restaurant in historic downtown Provo utilizes local and sustainable ingredients in its modern American menu, while Chef's Table in Orem serves contemporary American fare prepared with local ingredients and classical techniques. Tree Room at Sundance Resort has won numerous awards for its fresh, seasonal mountain cuisine, while Harvest Restaurant at Thanksgiving Point presents contemporary adaptations of comfort food classics in a traditional tromp l'oeil setting.

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