Photograph by Nathan Smith, Pull Photography
GPS: 41°18'N 111°57'W
If there’s a Disneyland for adrenalized adults, it’s Ogden: The mountain town has man-made thrills galore. Weber River white water park offers Class II and III rapids (slightly wilder than the Pirates of the Caribbean ride), and a 43-acre (17-hectare) water-ski park just opened downtown. The real highlight, though, is the new 148,000-square-foot (13,750-square-meter) Salomon Center, housing a 55-foot (17-meter) climbing wall, a vertical skydiving wind tunnel, and a flowboarding area that lets you surf a foam wave glazed by a three-inch (eight-centimeter) layer of fast-rushing water. Not that Ogden needs artificial excitement.
Within minutes of downtown, you can ascend Mount Ogden to 170,000 acres (68,797 hectares) of parkland. And from 46th Street, the Beus Canyon trail leads to Snowbasin Ski Resort, site of the downhill, combined, and super-G events in the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Maddox Ranch House in nearby Perry serves cornbread and raspberry butter alongside their lean bison tenderloins and original turkey steaks (www.maddoxfinefood.com).
Wake up at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in the Atomic Chalet, a bed and breakfast in the Ogden Valley (doubles from $95; www.atomicchalet.com).