A trip to Utah for summertime entertainment is an ideal way to see the wonders of the Pacific Northwest.
This year, Utah is offering the nation’s best summertime attraction: The Pacific Northwest Waterfront Park.
But the state is also facing a shortage of hotels, and many of its attractions are closed, such as the popular SeaWorld and SeaWorld Resort.
“It’s hard to believe that you’ve come to this state with the intention of having a vacation, and that’s kind of the appeal,” said Jennifer Kline, the executive director of the Utah Association of Tourism and Events.
She said she hopes the state’s tourism industry can help solve this shortage by making its attractions available to the public, rather than waiting for reservations to be filled.
“We are trying to get as many people as possible to come to the state,” Kline said.
Kline said it is important for the state to have a variety of attractions to help accommodate visitors during this hot summer.
But Utah, like other parts of the US, has struggled to attract visitors during the recent heat wave.
The average summertime occupancy rate for hotels in Utah is less than 10 percent.
In contrast, in California, hotels have averaged about 15 percent occupancy during the summer months, according to data from the Association of American Travel Agents.
Klines hopes to see more hotels open during this summer.
“We need to keep them open as long as possible,” she said.
“And when they do, the public can get to see them.”
The state also has a limited number of camping spots, and in the winter months, many campsites are closed.
The Salt Lake City Police Department issued an advisory late last year to visitors about how to safely access campsites during the heat wave, and has offered to assist with camping at the parks.
Klin said she’s also encouraging people to stay off the streets during the winter when there is less opportunity to camp.
“Just don’t be a stranger,” she added.
The Pacific Northwest is one of the most visited parts of North America.
The region is home to some of the biggest names in music, art and culture, including Pearl Jam, Blink 182, Foo Fighters and The Killers.