Traveling Tips: Salt Lake City and surrounding areas

Hubs had a conference in Salt Lake City, and of course, I tagged along. 🙂

Here are some tips that I found helpful.

Try Airbandb for the best deals for places to stay. Hubs conference was at a big chain hotel with a big chain price. There wasn’t much a of discount even though he was attending the conference there. We tried airbandb again and saved $500! We had our own kitchen, washer & dryer, and still close to the places we wanted to see. I highly recommend trying airbandb.

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Ask people who know the area. One of my brother’s college friends lived in the area and I was able to ask him places I must see and eat. We took his recommendation for the first day.

We arrived Friday morning, ate brunch at Silver Fork and Lodge located on the very scenic Big Cottonwood Canyon. I ordered the pulled pork sandwich and hubs ordered the french dip. After lunch, we hiked Big Cottonwood Canyon. The weather was beautiful and so were the views.

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Read reviews on Yelp! & TripAdvisor. I searched on TripAdvisor on top 10 things to see in SLC and the surrounding areas. Also, on the best places to eat in SLC and Park City (since Park City was only 30 minutes away).

The next day, after hubs attended a few seminars,  we had lunch at Bruges Waffle & Frites. I read so many good reviews about this place; we had to try it! Hubs had their speciality, The Machine Gun, and I had the burger and fries; both were delicious.

Our next adventure led us to Antelope Island. The first thing we noticed when we arrived was the smell of the lake. It smelled like sulphur. There wasn’t much wildlife on the lake, either. We saw many bison on the island, no antelopes though. We drove around the island taking in the nice weather, hiked to enjoy the views, and put our feet in the Great Salt Lake. It was an experience we could scratch off the bucket-list.

For dinner, we checked our Squatters Beers and Pub. It was pretty happening. We had to wait, but not for too long. Hubs tried their beer selection, which the alcohol percentage was lesser than what we are used to. We shared a pizza and I had a small bowl of chili.

After dinner, we walked to the Temple and it was magnificent.


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Plan your stay. I researched the city and the surrounding areas and planned the day we would see/do what around hubs’ conference prior to getting on the plane. So little time, so many things to do!

On Sunday, we drove to Park City. We stumbled upon the Park Silly Sunday Market. It was gorgeous. We walked down Main street and saw many local vendors selling jewelry, fudge, clothing, etc. The weather was perfect for it. We usually buy an ornament from the places we visit and this was no different. We found the cutest one and the worker helped us customize it. 🙂

That night, we ate with our couple friends, who also were there for the conference, at an Italian restaurant called Tulle cuisina. The restaurant was pretty empty; it felt like we rented it out ourselves! After dinner, we cruised around in our rented Mazda 5 looking for dessert. Everything was closed! We had a night cap at our friends’ airbandb, which overlooked the SLC skyline.

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Decide if something is worth the drive. I really wanted to see the Delicate Arch at the Arches National Park, problem was it’s a 3 1/2 hour drive one way. Hubs was hesitant of the all day drive, but was easily convinced 😉

My brother suggested we skip the Delicate Arch since the hike to it was pretty brutal. He didn’t think it would be good for an out-of-shape pregnant woman to attempt! We didn’t feel like we missed out, though. The views were breath-taking. The Double Arch will always be a special place to us; that’s where we made our pregnancy announcement!

When we arrived back to SLC, we hiked to Ensign Peak and enjoyed overlooking Salt Lake City.


Make every second count. Our last day, we checked our Nostalgia coffee in downtown SLC. I had the Nutella crepe and hubs tried the breakfast crepe. We had some time before our flight so we were able to check out the Capitol building.

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We felt like we were able to soak in the city and our time together as a family of 3 😉

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

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