“What Are Men to Rocks and Mountains?”: Explore the Rocky Mountain Region
Have you ever heard the phrase “fly over state”? It’s something that people say when they don’t know what they are missing, and some people apply this term to the Intermountain West. You may not know it, but the West has its own regionalisms and offers different types of activities for its residents to enjoy.
Because of these regional differences, when people from outside the West move here for the first time, it can be a bit disconcerting for them. However, new residents can find their footing once they explore the area. This blog will discuss some of the most popular places you can visit in your new Rocky Mountain home. Take the time to explore some of the areas closest so you can get comfortable in-and start to love-your new community.
Indulge in the Local Cuisine
Whenever someone talks about delving into another culture, the topic of food inevitably arises. A region’s culture means many things such as language, art, attitudes, and values. But one of the most common and apparent manifestations of a region’s culture is its food.
You can find nearly any type of food you crave here. From curry and paella to yassa and tamales, global cuisines find their home in local eateries throughout the area.
However, when you first arrive, try some of the unfamiliar foods that you find. Some are more exotic than others, but you may find that you like them once you give them a chance.
Utah’s famous fry sauce may sound a little odd at first blush. Sometimes called burger sauce, this condiment is a regional favorite. In 1948, the restaurant chain Arctic Circle blended one part ketchup and two parts mayonnaise together and started a cult following.
Meat, Meat, and More Meat
You’ll have plenty of veggie options here, but the Rocky Mountain food culture centers around meat. And not just any meat. While you may encounter delicious steaks throughout the country, have you ever tried deer (venison) or a pheasant? What about an elk or bear steak? Here, you can take advantage of the big game meats you would rarely see in other areas of the country.
Food with a Modern Flair
If fry sauce and big game don’t fill you with anticipation, you may need something with a big more flair. You can explore the Rockies’ modern cuisine when you visit The Food and Wine Classic in Aspen. Food and Wine magazine started the Classic over 30 years ago. Chefs and foodies alike flock to this event to eat delicious food, learn new cooking techniques, and watch demonstrations.
Get Some Fresh Air
When you first move to your new home, you have to unpack your belongings, familiarize yourself with the commute to work, and complete other important tasks. However, give yourself a break when you finish so you can enjoy the area more fully.
Set your personal land-speed record when you drive your case on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Or ski down any one of the region’s hundreds of slopes. Enjoy the sophistication of Vail’s ski lodge or cozy up by a fire near Wyoming’s Grand Teton mountain range.
If you hike, ski, swim, sail, or enjoy any other form of recreation, the Rocky Mountain region has a place for you. Speak with your local parks and recreation department or research online for information about options near you.
Festivals and Events
Cities, charities, religious groups, and other organizations plan festivals and events you can attend. Here, you can get a taste of local restaurant styles and get involved in the community.
- Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival: If you want literary culture and beautiful scenery, look no further than this festival. Here, thespians put on the Bard’s plays with Lake Tahoe as the backdrop. Gather around the stage to enjoy the fresh air and a classic story.
- Sundance Film Festival: Get a head start on the movies everyone has to wait another year to see. Celebrities, filmmakers, and cinephiles travel to Sundance and Park City every year to see the films and the winter fashion statements.
- Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit: Feel the excitement as you watch ranch cowboys hold on for dear life on a bucking horse, riders fly past as they spur their horses on during timed events, and racers move with precision as they circle the barrels.
- Viva Las Vegas: Looking for something more daring? Travel to Vegas for music, shows, fashion, gambling, and competitions. This event comprises three days you’ll never forget.
The Rocky Mountain region has a varied history that spans centuries. Speak with your local tourism board to find a landmark close to you. Just some you might encounter include:
- The Hoover Dam
- Pompey’s Pillar
- City of Rocks
- LDS (Mormon)Temple Square
- Brent’s Old Fort
With a little research, you can learn more about your new home’s local history. Once you do, explore it. Whether you start with the food, go for a hike, and then make your way over to a historical site, you’ll find yourself becoming more invested in the region.Share this: