Hiring a motorhome in Salt Lake City
Where to go with your Salt Lake City motorhome
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Salt Lake City has wide streets and an easy to understand grid system, with most major streets laid out exactly north-south or east-west. Street addresses are coordinates in intervals of 100 every street. Addresses are specific numbers, such as 840 South 1300 East and are said "Eight-forty South, 13th East." This makes finding an address easy, even from out the window of an RV.
To the north-west of the city is the Great Salt Lake where the Jordan River flows from west of downtown. The miles of marshlands, mudflats and estuaries, covered only by a few inches of water, make for great duck shooting terrain.
While many RV campgrounds are available near the national parks in Utah, you only have a handful of options in Salt Lake City proper. Drive a little further afield and stay in the beautiful State Parks. Roads and trails are well taken care of and the parks make for fantastic sightseeing.
If you want to stay close to the city, Salt Lake KOA is a major camping ground that still feels small and cosy. A free shuttle bus from the park runs to the centre of SLC, which saves parking the RV downtown. The VIP residential community is a large RV park located near the major freeways. While it’s handy for access, noise can be an issue.
If you’re planning to stay during winter, keep out of the valley. Try accommodation in the ski resorts – not only will the views be stunning, but you’ll avoid the bad-quality air caused by inversion. A layer of cold air traps pollutants and warm air formed by vehicles and this can affect those with asthma.
Plan for an outdoor adventure when travelling to Salt Lake City. The area is a hub for nature activities in summer – hiking, fishing, rock-climbing, mountain biking – and the mountains provide incredible views, as well as challenging walks and canyon trails. The true beauty of Salt Lake City is how close you get to extreme wilderness, while still being in the comfort and convenience of a major city.
A day trip to Great Salt Lake is of course mandatory. It’s all in the name. Shallow and salty – it’s not so enjoyable to swim in, but the scenery is vast and impressive. Being located so far inland, Salt Lake City is said to have some of the best and driest powder in the world, and within 25 minutes of downtown you can hit the slopes. Big Cottonwood Canyon has two resorts – Brighton and Solitude. Alta and Snowbird are both on Little Cottonwood Canyon, and non-skiers are treated to a scenic tram to the top of Hidden Peak. Park City Resort, The Canyons and Deer Valley are all within 40 minutes, too. Discover curling at the Olympic Oval. Only $14, you can learn to play this unique sport every Friday night. The Oval also has RV parking.
For a rather conservative area, Salt Lake City has a food scene to rival much larger metropolitans. Where fast food joints and chain restaurants once led, smaller, more intimate eateries are springing up. Pago is a favourite, set in a rustic room that seats only 50. Forage is inspired by the local produce of the region and has gastronomical delights such as vanilla-scented diver scallops paired with smoked beluga lentils. The Annex by Epic Brewing has their entire range of 36 beers to pair with artisanal dishes. The Pie Pizzeria has recently been voted Utah’s favourite pizza joint – cheesy, fast, hot, it’s all you need in a pizza pie.
Now that the liquor laws have been repealed, you can raise your glasses more freely in Salt Lake City, although some places may still ask you to have food with your brew. For cocktails, try Finca – a Spanish tapas bar – or The Red Door – a kitsch cocktail bar with an extensive list. Beerhive is the place to go for a pint. It has an exhaustive beer list you’ll struggle to get through.
Settled by Mormons in 1847, Salt Lake City is well-known as the centre of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although only fewer than half of the city is a member of the church, the city is rather conservative, religious and traditional.
Temple Square is the most visited location in Utah. As the headquarters of the Latter Day Saints’ Church and location of the Salt Lake Temple, the stunning architecture and complimentary tour is not to be missed. Within the square are a host of other facilities – museums, libraries, gardens and restaurants.
Sugar House is one of Salt Lake City’s oldest neighbourhoods. Part residential and part commercial, Sugar House is now the home of fashionable stores. The streets are wide and tree lined, and houses are most sought-after.
Liberty Park is a great place to take the family for an afternoon. Fountains to play in, paddle boats on the lake, swimming pools, bike paths and even a tiny amusement park make it an ideal choice to tire out the kids.
Autumn/Fall is the best time to visit Salt Lake City. Temperatures are comfortable and it’s usually dry. Summer is long, dry and hot, but being cooped up in a camper after a day on the mountains in 41 degree heat makes for a rather tiresome camping trip. Winter is a poor time to travel in Salt Lake City unless you’re hitting the slopes. Snow falls often and temperatures are usually below freezing.
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