Travel Salt Lake City – How to Survive Downtown without a Car!
This is not sponsored content, but our experiences while traveling Salt Lake City. I hope you find some useful travel tips and great places to visit!
Travel Salt Lake City and surviving without a car is easy in downtown SLC! Dan and I recently visited Salt Lake City for a Food Conference. (I think I’d mentioned the conference a couple weeks ago). Everything Food Conference (aka EFC by us foodies!) is a yearly conference that shares anything and everything about food blogging. It’s a great opportunity to learn a TON about blogging and meet your colleagues.
This year, my hubby decided to go with me! We stayed downtown and rented a condo thru HomeAway. A recently remodeled condo, just steps away from the heart of downtown Salt Lake City with a breathtaking view of Temple Square.
Have you used HomeAway in your travels? We have and enjoyed the BEST experiences. Here’s what I would recommend.
- Find several accommodations that meet your needs – i.e. location, number of rooms, etc.
- Message the owner(s) to inquire about the residence.
- Share a bit about what you’re doing with the owner. Are you attending a nearby conference? Going to a sporting event? Hiking? Skiing? Is it a fit?
- Read all of the reviews! Choose the accommodations that are best for YOU! Accommodations thru these types of website can often be less expensive, but you have to be willing to do your homework!
Ok, back to Salt Lake City! If you’re staying downtown – there’s no need to rent a car! Most hotels offer free shuttle service from the airport right to your door.
If you’re staying in a condo (like we did) there’s also a FREE shuttle service from the Salt Lake City Airport to Temple Square. There is great public transpiration to easily get around downtown or even to the airport. We opted for Uber to get back and forth on travel days.
Downtown is very walkable (that’s a word… right? 😊) It is a great city for foot transportation. City Creek Outdoor Mall offers every type of restaurant imaginable from casual to upscale dining with tons of shopping! Want it? Need it? Check there first!
Everything Food Conference was at the Eccles Center only a half mile away from the condo. It’s a beautiful concert hall and is a great venue.
The NBA playoffs were happening while we were in Salt Lake City and because we are Warrior Fans, it seemed like going to a game would be tons of fun and it was! The Vivint Smart Home Arena, home of the Utah Jazz is less than a mile from Temple Square.
Because we were out of town fans we were kinda concerned about walking but it wasn’t an issue. It’s a great venue and you know me…. of course, we had to have some great game-day grub!
Speaking of good eats, we also enjoyed a fabulous meal at Brio Tuscan Grill – my hubby had steak and I enjoyed this amazing pasta!
Homemade pasta in a rich decadent sauce studded with lobster and shrimp. I was in pasta heaven right here! If we had more time, I would have done my best to talk my way into the kitchen to speak with the chef – this pasta was definitely something to write home about and I’m recommending this restaurant! But….since I don’t have that recipe to share – I’m going to suggest you try this recipe for light Creamy Lemon Pasta – easy and delicious, it’s a wonderful meal!
It may seem easier to rent a car, but touring Salt Lake City on foot offered us amazing views. We were able to see things we wouldn’t have seen if we were in a vehicle.
Like Fresno, Salt Lake City has a huge homeless population. Do your homework, ask questions and travel smart. We did not have any issues.
We spent two entire days walking the city. Spring is a great time to Travel Salt Lake City – the city was absolutely alive with beautiful spring flowers. It was hard to pick a favorite, so I’m going to leave you with a couple!
Travel Salt Lake City – how to survive downtown without a car!
- Plan ahead
- Do your research
- Bring comfortable walking shoes
- Appropriate clothing for the weather
- A water bottle and camera are must-haves!