Provo and Orem are easily accessible from the north or south by I-15. If you're driving in from the east on I-70, take exit 156 at Green River and follow U.S. 6 northwest to I-15 north.
Amtrak (tel. 800/872-7245; www.amtrak.com) offers passenger service to Provo. The train station is located at 600 South and 300 West.
The Utah Transit Authority runs about a dozen train routes in and around the Provo area, with connections to Salt Lake City, Lehi, and Springville. For schedule information, call tel. 801/743-3882 or check the Web, www.rideuta.com. Route maps and schedules are also available at the visitor center in the county courthouse.
The Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau runs a visitor center at 111 S. University Ave., Provo, UT 84601 (tel. 800/222-8824 or 801/851-2100; www.utahvalley.org/cvb). The visitor center is open 8:30am to 5pm Monday through Friday and 9am to 3pm on Saturday.
For information on the surrounding national forest, contact the Uinta National Forest, 88 W. 100 North, P.O. Box 1428, Provo, UT 84601 (tel. 801/342-5100; www.fs.fed.us/r4/ucw).
The easiest way to get around is by car. The streets are organized in a numbered grid pattern, beginning at the intersection of Center Street and University Avenue in Provo. From here, the blocks increase by 100 in all four directions, such as 100 South, 200 West, 700 North, and so forth. University Parkway cuts diagonally northwest across the grid from Brigham Young University to connect with 1300 South (I-15 exit 269) in Orem. The center of Orem is the intersection of Center Street (I-15 exit 271) and Main Street. State Street (U.S. 89) crosses the city diagonally.
Major car-rental agencies include Avis (tel. 800/238-4898 or 801/494-1529; www.avis.com) and Enterprise (tel. 800/261-7331 or 801/375-7755; www.enterprise.com).
The main hospital in Provo is Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, 1034 N. 500 West (tel. 801/357-7850), with a 24-hour emergency room. The main post office is at 95 W. 100 South (tel. 800/275-8777; www.usps.com). The local newspaper is the Daily Herald (www.heraldextra.com). The sales tax totals 6.25%.