OGDEN -- Although it's probably not the preferred choice for rowdy college students, Ogden is one of the 10 best family spring break towns in the nation.
According to Livability.com, a national website that highlights more than 500 of America's best places to live, Ogden ranks as the country's ninth-best spring break destination.
While spring break often conjures up images of loud, late-night parties and college students, the cities on Livability's list avoid the college crowd and instead offer an attractive mix of restaurants, fun attractions and outdoor recreation.
Livability's list included five categories: family vacations, adventure cities, ski trips, lake trips and beach vacations, with two cities making the cut for each category.
Annette Thompson, a board member of the Society of American Travel Writers, a group that helped prepare the list, said Ogden is less than 25 minutes away from three acclaimed ski resorts -- Snowbasin, Powder Mountain and Wolf Creek -- and staying in Ogden gives visitors plenty of food and entertainment options when the slopes are closed.
Harbor Springs, Mich., was the only other ski destination on the list.
Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell said the city is becoming an ever-more popular tourist destination spot because of its one-of-a-kind accessibility to numerous activities.
"It's not just that we have great skiing, or that we have great trails or rivers," Caldwell said. "It's that we have all of those things, and they are all within a very short distance of our downtown. Then downtown, you have things like the Salomon Center. "
Weber County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dave Hardman echoed Caldwell's sentiments and said Ogden offers a unique mix of outdoor activities that are exclusive to the area.
"There aren't many places where you can go spring skiing at Snowbasin, boating at Pineview Dam, then golfing at El Monte, all on the same day," he said. "There isn't just one reason why people come to Ogden, but we are one of the most unique places around."
Hardman also said events like the Winter Dew Tour, the Xterra USA Championship and the Ogden Marathon also draw tourists who will ultimately make multiple visits to Ogden.
"People come to check out these national events, and they fall in love," he said. "Then they want to keep coming back."