And no better description of the opportunities thereof is afforded county visitors, or residents, than the annual Davis County Visitors and Business Guide.
A joint effort of the Davis Chamber of Commerce, the Davis County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Carr Printing, the Guide is a logical first stop for anyone seeking to explore Davis County's 268 square miles and take advantage of all it has to offer.
The guide includes a wealth of information along with beautifully reproduced color photography, articles on Antelope Island and self-guided tours of county attractions, a county map and a commentary on Business Development in Davis County by Ken Sulser, manager of economic development for Davis County.
Following a welcoming message from Davis Chamber officials, the guide launches into an incredibly thorough events calendar.
Included in the calendar are government and privately sponsored activities, cultural events, city and regional celebrations, community theater productions, festivals, sporting events; County FairPark rodeos, horse shoe tournaments, and the County Fair itself; annual seasonal programs; and even star parties and cooking contests. If it's happening in Davis County one can probably find it there.
There's also a special section in the calendar highlighting some of the better known traditional events specially scheduled activities like the the Air Show at Hill Air Force Base, June 11-12; Bountiful Summerfest International, Aug. 11-14; and Frightmares at Lagoon, weekends in October.
For more information on these and other events those interested can log onto to www.utah4fun.com.
Local attractions are featured next. They run the gamut from Antelope Island State Park, Lagoon Amusement Park & Pioneer Village, Cherry Hill Resort and Waterpark, S&S Railroad Park & Museum, Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, Utah House, Utah Botanical Center, Davis County FairPark and Legacy Center, Layton Heritage Museum and Hill Aerospace Museum.
Regional tourist attractions are not forgotten, including those in neighboring Salt Lake and Weber Counties. There are also listings of major shopping opportunities, professional sports franchises and facilities, pools and outdoor recreation areas.
Davis County is rich in arts and culture. Galleries, performance venues, galleries and arts councils are noted with phone numbers and Web sites where more information about what's on tap included.
And speaking of outdoor recreation, a listing of established trails is posted, noting types of activities permitted, scenic opportunities and hiking difficulties. An introduction to the East Mountain Wilderness Park above Kaysville is included along with a description of the Farmington Canyon Scenic Backway.
A second calendar lists Chamber of Commerce Events. It is accompanied by a host of area statistics and a business history column. Further along, a schedule of important business, government, education, health services, visitor and media contacts is offered.
Whether one is in business or an individual consumer just looking for a particular type of service, page after page of business listings, arranged by category, are to be found in the Business Listings.
The same categorical approach is used in the publication's restaurant guide, separating eateries by cuisine, family and fine dining and fast food.
All of the state's ski resorts are noted, as are the county's golf courses. Out-of-town guests will appreciate the lodging guide listing services provided and rates, as well as locations and contact numbers. Camping facilities get the same treatment.
Finally, the guide offers "Tourist Hot Spots" for the visitor with enough time to venture beyond Davis County to statewide attractions and fun places.
Davis Chamber President Chris Dallin wrapped things up with special thanks to Carr Printing for its eye-catching efforts in producing the Guide, adding a reminder to visit and support the many businesses listed and advertising in this year's publication.
Copies of the Guide can obtained by contacting the chamber, 295-6944, or Carr Printing, 295-2321.