Summer is coming and the Magic Valley is full of fun and exciting things to do and places to visit...but sometimes you want to get a little further from town. So how about a short drive to Utah? You could win tickets to Lagoon in the KOOL Klub, and while you are down there you can check out these other 5 things to do in Northern Utah.

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TRACY AVIARY - The aviary was founded in 1938 and has recently undergone renovations for a better experience for the birds and visitors. There are hundreds of birds to see and shows that highlight a few of the more exotic or exciting birds each day. Some of the highlights are the Bald Eagle, Chilean Flamingo, Great Grey Owl, Scarlet Ibis, and Trumpeter Swan. Visit the aviary website for a full list of birds and events. General admission is $7 for adults.

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HOGLE ZOO - Hogle Zoo dates back to 1931 and it covers 42 acres full of over 800 animals. A few must see highlights are Rocky Shores, featuring polar bear, sea lions, seals, grizzly bears, river otters and bald eagles. The Asian Highlands includes five endangered Asian cat species. Elephant Encounter includes African elephants and white rhinoceros. General summer admission is $12.75.

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HIKE THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS - For a little outdoor exercise and beautiful scenery make sure to head into the mountains for hiking, fishing, rock climbing, and horse back riding. The Rocky Mountains cover a large area so there are literally thousands of options. You can check out the Utah website for some suggestions. A few favorites are Deep Canyon - Coldwater Canyon Trail, Naomi Peak Trail, and part of the Great Western Trail.

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VISIT DOWNTOWN SALT LAKE CITY - I grew up in Salt Lake...but it has changed so much since I lived there! Downtown Salt Lake City is full of great places to shop, eat, play, and visit. Highlights include The Utah Symphony, LDS Temple, plus dozens of galleries and museums. Hot shopping spots include The Gateway and City Creek Center. For more options make sure you visit the Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance website.

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DINOSAURLAND  - This place is great for adults and children. Dinosaurland has a visitor center where you can search for fossils and touch over 1,500 dinosaur bones! You can also enjoy camping, hiking, biking, boating and swimming in Flaming Gorge, rafting the Green river, petroglyphs, museums and more. They have even provided a few optional itineraries to help you plan the best trip.

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