WEIRD TO SEE: Southern Utah Cities Featured In New Video Game!
Back in our day there was Atari, Tetris, Mario, Duck Hunt, Donkey Kong, Pong, and more. Today, there are THOUSANDS of different video games for whatever mood you're in! Well, I've just come across a new game called American Truck Simulator: Utah. In this game you literally just pretend you're driving a big rig all across the state! It's actually pretty impressive when you see how they've created these Southern Utah cities! St. George, Cedar City, The Gorge, Kanab, and more!
We start out in the Gorge, which is not technically Utah, but it's still pretty incredible, before making a stop at the Port of Entry on the South side of town.
Next, we're taking I-15 North, we pass the Brigham Road exit in Bloomington, a sign for Dixie State University, and the St. George Boulevard Exit:
Now we're cruising downtown... St. George looks very different, but also very much the same! Somehow the Courthouse got placed next to the Tabernacle off of Main Street! But thank goodness they've included our roundabouts that everybody in town LOVES!
We're jumping back on I-15, where you can see us headed Northbound past the mall! They've included an exit off I-15 which I would LOVE, and apparently the Arctic Circle off Red Cliffs Drive is now a power plant!
And surprise! Now we're in Cedar City aka Festival City, USA!
The Lighthouse is there, and the Cedar City temple can be seen in the distance! The temple has completely moved, somehow but it's still visible!
And before the nighttime hits, and we take a rest at a truck stop, we've also stopped to see Kanab tonight!
Katy Perry Music Video Shot In St. George, Utah!
Have you ver heard of the term "An oldie but a goodie"? Well that's exactly what this song and music video is. Katy Perry's 2016 hit "Rise" was the official song of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But did you know that the Rise music video was shot almost exclusively right here in Southern Utah? That's right! It's one of the most gorgeous music videos of all time, and it was shot in Snow Canyon State Park and Sand Hollow Reservoir. The video has over 213,000,000 views, and for good reason! It's gorgeous!
In the making of the video for Rise, Katy says, "Hey guys, we're out here in Utah. This is not all CGI, we're not in a backlot of a studio... It's beautiful around here, the scenery. It's very National Geographic. I'm getting very dirty." Katy admits this is one of the harder music videos she's ever done. "Why do I continually do this to myself?!"
Perry continued, "We went to Utah. We went to Los Angeles. It's been a great 3 days, it's been very physically tough and trying and hot. I should have gotten into better shape!"
Below is the Rise official music video, as well as the making of the music video, both on Katy Perry's Youtube Channel. I hope you enjoy!
Southern Utah's COOLEST Celebrity Sightings!
Yellowstone star, Kevin Costner:
Nikki Thurnau: "Met Kevin Costner on Tech Ridge last January"
Leonel Renteria: "I got to see Kevin Costner last week it was awesome" at The Dixie Convention Center.
Channing Tatum celebrated his birthday in "The middle of nowhere" at the sand dunes at Sand Hollow!
Ashton Pearson: "... He's such a nice guy!"
Rockstar, Kardashian Husband, Travis Barker:
Alicia Langrell: "Travis Barker I served on him and his kids at Denny's"
Actor, John Michael Higgins:
Maddison Diaz: "A couple years ago we saw John Michael Higgins at Nielsen's Frozen Custard"
Jackass Star, Wee Man:
Bre Michelle Lewis "We met Wee Man at the opening of Chronic Tacos. Pretty cool dude!"
Kayla Hodson: "Wee Man at Wing Nuts"
NASCAR God, Richard Petty:
Erik Young: "I met Richard Petty in Cedar City!"
NBA All-Star, Kevin Love:
Landen Reynolds: "Does Bryce Canyon count? Ran into KLove!"
Criminal Minds Star, Matthew Gray Gubler:
Annette Wager Kuddes: "Matthew Gray Gubler!"
Jennifer Wilson: "My son did at Lins in Cedar"
Leslie Kay: "I got to meet Matthew Gray Gubler!"
High School Musical Star, Corbin Bleu:
Airyka Mitchell: "I met Corbin Bleu at Wendy's in 1st grade when they were filming High School Musical 2"
Motocross star, Jeremy McGrath:
Amber Farmer: "Jeremy McGrath. He was here for an event at Sand Hollow. He parked his trailer at our house, so I asked for a pic In exchange."
Yellowstone Star, Forrie J. Smith:
NBA Star, Space Jam Star, Shawn Bradley:
Maddison Diaz: "Also a couple years ago, Shawn Bradley at Little Caesar's (This was when he lived here)"
Actor, James Cromwell:
Meranda Hendrickson: "I met James Cromwell the Dr. from American Horror Story when I worked for a cafe in Springdale. It was really awesome we got this picture because he wasn't really putting it out there who he was. I just loved that show and couldn't contain myself."
Actor, James Woods:
Leslie Kay: "I got to meet James Woods!"
Pawn Stars, Chum Lee:
Brooke Nyberg: "Chum Lee at Maverick!"
Music Stars, Vince Gill and Amy Grant:
Misty Trujillo: "I served Vince Gill and his wife Amy Grant, both days they were here in St. George performing at Tuacahn."