Family Vacation Series: St. George

St. George is one of our favorite places to vacation!
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There is so much to see and do, and it’s only about a 4 1/2 hour drive from Salt Lake City. View a short video at the end of this post! You can alsogo to the St George Visitors Bureau sitefor much more information on the area.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Take I-15 south until you reach St. George. Use this map for complete directions according to your starting point.

On there way there, or on the way home, you might want to stop at the following places:

WHERE TO STAY:

There are many hotels in the St George area. Our favorite place to stay is in Green Valley, just on the other side of the bluff with the D on it. You can also check out the many campgrounds available in the area.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO:

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FUN TIMES TO VISIT ST GEORGE:

HISTORY OF ST GEORGE:

Early settlers started coming to St George as early as 1852, and St George was officially settled in 1861. Mormon president Brigham Young sent settlers there to grow cotton and wine grapes, and to harvest silk for the northern states during the Civil War. The St George area with its smaller surrounding towns make up what is known as “Utah’s Dixie”.  Nobody knows exactly where the name “St George” came from, but there are two people who may be credited with the name: George Albert Smith, a Mormon Apostle; and Philip St George Cooke, a friend of Brigham Young. George Albert Smith earned the name “The Potato Saint” when he urged settlers to eat raw, unpeeled potatoes to help cure them of scurvy. Philip St George Cooke donated much equipment and many wagons for the settlement of Dixie.

TIPS FROM OUR READERS:

We always love hearing tips from our readers! If you have more information to share about vacationing in St George, please comment on this post and leave your tips for others!

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