By Shannon N.Goff 2015-06-11 12:20:15
ANC 2015 WHERE DO I GO? When visiting a new city, it can be difficult to find your way around—or even locate a good place to eat! Here are a few tips to assist you as you plan your Salt Lake City itinerary. Start by heading to the lobby of your hotel and ask the concierge for recommendations on top sites, experiences and restaurants. This person has intimate knowledge of the area and will be a valuable resource on what to see—and what to skip while managing your time in town. There are steps you can take even before you arrive! Make time for some Internet research. Check out popular discount websites like Groupon, Goldstar or LivingSocial. These sites offer great deals on museum tickets, special activities and eateries. Other coupons can be found at VisitSaltLake.com. In the meantime, Yelp.com, About.com and TripAdvisor.com are all good sources for honest reviews and ratings of popular areas and establishments when planning out your trip. Finally, tourist/visitor centers should be an obvious destination, but sometimes are an overlooked go-to whenever visiting a new city. During ANC, The Salt Palace Convention Center conveniently employs qualified visitor information specialists and volunteers who can provide you with assistance to help plan your evening activities and any post-ANC explorations. The Utah Office of Tourism is another source to help with your questions. Its office and website (www.utah.gov/visiting/travel.html) feature countless resources about the events, food and attractions in Salt Lake City. Legendary Landmarks Don’t miss these top destinations this summer when you attend SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC). Temple Square This beautiful downtown area features the Salt Lake Temple, Salt Lake Tabernacle and Salt Lake Assembly Hall. Visitors also will find amazing restaurants and exquisite gardens. Two visitors centers will direct to you free tours by friendly guides who will take you through interesting historical sites. Historic Salt Lake Tabernacle Located in Temple Square, this is the home of the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and serves as an important downtown focal point. Come to view the beautiful dome-shaped auditorium and listen to the awe-inspiring pipe organ, made up of 11,623 pipes and producing an amazing symphony of sound. Red Butte Garden & Arboretum In the city’s nearby foothills (~15 minutes from the Salt Palace Convention Center), Red Butte Garden features more than 100 acres of botanical gardens and miles of hiking trails through lush native vegetation. Hosting a slew of summer music concerts, as well as floral and sculpture art exhibits, this is a beautiful place to stop and take in some fresh air during ANC. The Gateway Mall Legacy Plaza This open-air plaza is packed with 130+ stores and restaurants to satisfy all possible shopping, dining and entertainment needs. The Olympic Legacy Plaza is also located here, which pays homage to the 2002 Winter Olympics (hosted by Salt Lake City), with the Olympic Wall of Honor and Olympic Snowflake Fountain. Clark Planetarium Located near The Gateway, Clark Planetarium gives guests the opportunity to explore the depths of space and the wonders of science through the Hansen Dome Theater, the Orbital ATK IMAX Theater and ~10,000 square feet of fun, free exhibits. Mouthwatering Meals Following are just three restaurant suggestions, with menu items priced between $11 and $30 (at press time). The Copper Onion Located in downtown Salt Lake, the Copper Onion is a medium-priced favorite, featuring traditional American cuisine. Menu items range from salads to burgers to comfort food entrees like beef stroganoff. thecopperonion.com Red Iguana Featuring authentic Mexican cuisine, Red Iguana has been featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” With two sites in the area, menus feature “something for everyone,” with moles earning particularly rave reviews. www.rediguana.com From Scratch As the name suggests, everything here is homemade, giving diners an at-home feeling. Some of the highly praised menu offerings include wood-fired pizza, braised short ribs and bread pudding. www.fromscratchslc.com Shop ’Til You Drop Surely you’ll want some souvenirs of your special summer trip! Trolley Square If you’re looking to do a little (or a lot of ) shopping for yourself or loved ones to commemorate your visit, Trolley Square is a viable option. This partially enclosed indoor/outdoor mall boasts numerous independent art boutiques, restaurants, and local and national retailers, making it well-suited for most (if not all) shopping needs. Simply Salt Lake An even more convenient place to seek out knick-knacks and tourist-related novelties is the Simply Salt Lake store, located in the Salt Palace Convention Center. This is a terrific place to stop in and peruse Utah-themed baubles, apparel and confectionary treats. Who Knew!? Check out these fun facts and trivia about Salt Lake City! • Salt Lake City is nicknamed the Crossroads of the West after the first continental railroad (and mining booms) brought significant economic growth to the area. • The Salt Lake Temple took 40 years to complete, and it is now an icon for the city, serving as its architectural centerpiece. • The average winter snowfall in the mountains near Salt Lake City is some 500 inches! • Utah mountain peaks are, on average, the tallest in the country, with the average elevation of the tallest peaks in each of Utah’s counties being 11,222 feet higher than the same average in any other state. This is why Utah has earned its reputation as a popular skiing destination, boasting more than a dozen Alpine ski resorts. • Utah has the highest literacy rate in the nation. • Olympic Cauldron Park, located near Park City, features the Olympic Cauldron used in the 2002 Winter Olympics, as well as Olympic ski jumps, plus bobsled, luge and skeleton runs. Visitors year-round can watch various training events and competitions— and even ride in a bobsled! • Many popular movies and shows have been filmed in Utah, such as Sandlot, Independence Day, 127 Hours, all three High School Musical Movies and the television show Touched By An Angel. Shannon Goff is communications coordinator for School Nutrition.
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