By Kara Jackman
|Little America Hotel Pool, Salt Lake City, UT|
I love to travel! One of my favorite websites for travel is Lonely Planet. (I have mannnny, but this is where I love to start!) There is always a tidbit of information that I did not know that I learn on this site. It also points me in the direction of other great travel resources for my destination du jour.
Well, we are all headed to Salt Lake City next month, so I started to take a look at what's popping in the capital of Utah. Our friend, Jenna, told me that people with disabilities receive free access to the National Parks. I had to double check it, because I just could not believe it. It was too good to be true! Turns out Jenna was right. Lonely Planet confirmed it on this page. It also provides a comprehensive list for the Southwest and West of other places that are friendly to those with disabilities, wheelchair, and other assistive devices. How Cool!!!
|Arches National Park|
I hope these resources are helpful for those that may be driving to retreat. Arches National Park, Bruce Canyon, and parts of Zion National Park are all about 3 or more hours away from Salt Lake City. You can learn more about the Utah parks .
In order to see the best sites and enjoy the best eats, I also love to check out the hotel website for suggestions, too. As you know, we will be staying at the Little America Hotel. Their website has a Local Activities menu where they suggest places to eat, play, and shop. The best advice I ever got about travelling is to talk to the concierge. They will be able to find exactly the kind of place you may be looking for whether it be the local diner for breakfast and a new gastropub for dinner. They will also know where the closest pharmacy, grocery store, and big box stores are in case you or your kids forgot something important.
Pro tip...Always ask where the locals go, there is sure to be good food and good times wherever they go. Additionally, here are some great restaurants and shops that my favorite Boston Globe travel writers mentioned in an article about Salt Lake City. A couple restaurant suggestions are The Copper Onion and Trio Downtown. A fun place to shop looks like Unhinged Boutique. Art lovers should check out the Art Salt Lake website. (Learn more about other Salt Lake City hotspots in the link at the bottom of the article.)
Finally to uncover even more possibilities, I plan on going to my local library to either borrow a travel book for the area, or download one to my smartphone or Kindle. It's a nice idea because you will have a map of the city before you arrive. You can plan you adventures ahead of time based on your interests. I love travel books. They are THE one item I look for in used book stores for their beautiful photography and information.
Now you are ready for Salt Lake City! See you all soon!
*More suggestions abound in this Boston Globe article