A fun arcade with a cool dose of history, the Pinball Hall of Fame features pinball games from the 50s, pop-culture-themed pinball machines (X-Files, Nightmare on Elm Street, LOTR, Ghostbusters, etc.), and a trove of other arcade games. We easily spent several hours here, and you can spend however much you want, as all the games vary in price from 25 cents up. A neat escape from the typical Las Vegas tourist attractions!
I visited in 2016 and 2018, both times I went to the Grand Canyon, and supremely enjoyed it both times! The gift shop is expansive and inexpensive, and $5 is not a lot to pay for an interesting tour of a pseudo-abandoned, nostalgic roadside attraction. In my opinion, the run-down appearance only adds to the charm, and there are never so many people that you have to wait for photo ops. Both times I visited, I spent at least an hour here, wandering around the house sets, playing with the cutouts, sliding down the dinosaur slide... It's just good fun. The friends I took there had a great time as well.
Just like everyone is saying, the views at Horseshoe Bend are incredible and not to be missed. Sunrise and sunset are optimal times to visit as the light makes the view even more spectacular. Just be prepared for the steep little hike prefacing the site, as we definitely were not. And I would wear hiking shoes or boots, as the steep incline and decline are composed of loose sand / rocks. Also, be prepared for a lot of people. This is an extremely popular place, and you'll likely have to wait to take a picture in the exact spot you want. Despite these things, if you have the chance, go!!
Stayed here in March of 2018, the campground is very expansive, although the sites are pretty close to one another. It's worth it, though, for the view of Lake Powell and the surrounding area. It is so, so beautiful, especially at sunrise and sunset. We even saw a roadrunner darting down the paved campground road! The Lake Powell marina has plenty of water sports available, from kayaking to stand-up paddle boarding, and guided tours of the area as well. It's a great base for exploring nearby Page, including Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. We are returning to this campground later this year!
Definitely a must-stop if you're visiting Capitol Reef! They sell tons of locally made goods perfect for gifts, and delicious pies; we tried the wild berry. It's in a very scenic location with plentiful picnic tables, horses in a paddock behind the house, and marmots running around!
Even though we saw Arches and Bryce Canyon on our Utah road trip in 2018, Capitol Reef was my favorite! I had heard it was the least visited national park in Utah, and indeed we almost had the park to ourselves when we were there. We loved the scenic drive, the short hikes, and the Fruita community! The landscape was breathtaking, and as we were leaving, we stopped to watch a storm roll in. It was absolutely mesmerizing. I can't wait to return to this park!
We tent camped here for one night in May 2018 and had the best time! Very large campground with great amenities including a pool, very clean restrooms, and a gift shop where I bought the most beautiful sterling silver and turquoise ring. Everyone who works there is so helpful. The tent sites are at the front of the campground near the entrance, so it can be noisy if you sleep in. This is a great place to stay while exploring Capitol Reef National Park and we are planning on returning later this year!
Atmospheric café in the most beautiful little mountain town. We loved Silverton, and we loved this place too, even though we just stopped in for some chili and french fries. The tin roof and dark interior made it seem like we had stepped back in time, and all the artifacts on the walls were cool. When we stopped here in 2018, the apartment above the café was advertised as "for rent" and my partner and I still talk about it wistfully.
Stayed here in May 2018 and had the best experience. The campsites were spacious and ours had lake views. The ponderosas kept the morning sun from getting hot too quickly, and the hike leaving the campground was comfortable. We were far enough from our neighbors that it felt very secluded and cozy. We will definitely be staying at this beautiful campground again!
Ate here in May 2018 after a number of foodie blogs suggested this spot. The food was great and very reasonably priced for being in the touristy area of town. I'm not surprised they've stayed open for decades, we will definitely be going back!