From Convention to Vacation: Extending Your Stay in Southern Utah

If you are considering attending a meeting or convention in Southern Utah, let us congratulate you before you even make your choice! The Kanab Center is not only a hotspot for conferences, meetings, performances, corporate retreats and team building events, but also a breathtakingly beautiful region that deserves to be explored further. Once your event commitments are met, why not seize the opportunity to extend your stay a little longer and immerse yourself in the natural wonders and cultural riches that this area has to offer? In this blog, we’ll show you why staying a little longer in Kanab is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Explore the Mighty National Parks:

Kanab is centrally located to some of the Greatest Earth on Show, and is driving distance to some of the United States’ most iconic national parks, including Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands and the Grand Canyon. Each park is a geological masterpiece, boasting an otherworldly landscape of red rock formations, towering cliffs, and natural arches. Take your time to hike, bike, or simply marvel at the awe-inspiring vistas. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or a casual adventurer, these parks offer something for everyone.

Red Rock Road Trips:

Kanab is a paradise for road trippers. Plan a scenic drive along the famous Scenic Byway 12, often referred to as “A Journey Through Time Scenic Byway.” Highway 89 also takes you through diverse landscapes, quaint towns, lush forests and rugged canyons, showcasing the region’s geological history. You can also explore State Parks like Coral Pink Sand Dunes, along with the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which offers endless opportunities for exploration and discovery.

Cultural and Historical Gems:

Kanab, renowned for its captivating natural splendor, also stands as a destination of profound cultural history. Numerous museums, art galleries, theaters, and festivals in the region serve as vibrant expressions of its distinctive cultural tapestry. 

Kanab distinguishes itself by holding the title of “Little Hollywood,” a testament to its remarkable history in the realms of film, television, commercial and music video production. The town takes pride in commemorating its cinematic past and present through various cultural events and the Little Hollywood Museum.  

Festivals Galore:

Kanab’s festivals have something special to offer for everyone: Balloons N Tunes, Western Legends RoundUp, RMPRA Rodeos, Fourth of July Festivities, Jacob Hamblin Days, Amazing Earthfest, Red Rocktoberfest, Holiday Kickoff and our own Polar Express.  Mix in the numerous adventure competitions such as the Trailfest, Rim to Rim, and Grand to Grand Ultra to name just a few, and you quickly learn that Kanab knows how to have a great time.  

Stargazing Under Desert Skies:

Kanab is renowned for being a dark sky destination, making it ideal for stargazing. After the convention, spend your evenings gazing at the cosmos in some of the world’s darkest night skies. Consider joining a guided stargazing tour to fully appreciate the brilliance of the Milky Way and countless stars that light up the desert night.

Local Cuisine:

Kanab’s culinary scene is as diverse as its landscapes. Savor delicious meals made from locally sourced ingredients, and don’t forget to try some of the Southwestern fare and specialties. Whether you’re dining in a charming local restaurant or taking food to go enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors, the flavors of Kanab will be sure to tantalize your taste buds.

Your convention in Southern Utah is not just an event; it’s the beginning of an unforgettable adventure. So, why rush home when you can extend your stay and explore the enchanting beauty and rich culture of this region? Whether you’re seeking outdoor thrills, cultural insights, or simply a moment of tranquility, Southern Utah and Kanab have it all. Make the most of your visit and transform your convention trip into an extraordinary journey of discovery and wonder. Stay a little longer, and let the magic of Abra-Kanabra leave an indelible mark on your heart.