For the last month, I’ve been busily preparing for my vacation in NorCal with Mrs. Island Miler. But, of course, at the last minute, I get a curveball thrown at me at work and find myself traveling to Utah. So, here’s a quick and dirty trip report for my Utah 2018 trip.
Honestly, outside of Southern Utah, it isn’t a state that I wanted to visit. I mean, I love Zion National Park and would love to go to the others like Arches, but what is there to do in the Northern part of the state?
Why Utah + Travel Details
But, of course, traveling to Utah wasn’t my decision. I needed to fill in for someone at work at a conference in Salt Lake City. And because of this, none of my travel decisions were up to me. As a result, I got to give Delta Air Lines a try for the first time. By the way, does anyone know why they spell their name like that? That also meant giving Delta Sky Club a try too, as I have access via my American Express Platinum Card.
As far as hotels go, I lucked out. The conference was at the Salt Lake City Marriott at City Creek, so that’s where I ended up staying too. It’s a property I have very mixed feelings about, which I’ll explain during my review.
What I Did
Though I was in Utah for work, I made it a point to do some things I’d want to do in my downtime. The problem was, what the heck is there to do in northern Utah? I mean, heck, the picture that shows up on my Silver Car app is a Mormon Temple. But, I remembered, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed in Promontory, Utah, so that became a site I had to see while here.
I also ended up driving through Provo Canyon thanks to the recommendations I received from a few friends in the area. And, I also managed to get out to Bonneville to see the salt flats, because what gearhead wouldn’t do that, right?
As far as food goes, there isn’t a huge variety of stuff in the Salt Lake City area. But, you know what? The dining scene is a lot more vibrant than I thought it would be. So I’ll have a few restaurant reviews sprinkled in there too.
Utah 2018, Final Thoughts
At the end of the day, Utah ended up being someplace I didn’t want to visit to someplace I wouldn’t mind returning to. I was pleasantly surprised by my entire visit to the area and am leaving with more left to explore. And, of course, I got to try a new-for-me airline and lounge, so that’s a plus too, right?
Oh, and, please don’t mind the photos in this trip report. I was traveling with a colleague and, for various reasons, couldn’t always use my camera. So, just a warning, the photos aren’t going to be all that great. And I didn’t get to take as many photos as I would’ve liked either.