By Lauren Kmec
Salt Lake City
Utah
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Salt Lake City is the capital of Utah and the most populous city in the state. Nestled at the base of the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains, Salt Lake City is a favorite destination for winter sports enthusiasts. But this beautiful Western city has so much more to offer, including captivating historic sites, fascinating museums, and rich cultural institutions.

Let EscapeWizard.com help you plan your next vacation to Salt Lake City. Fly into Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), a major hub for many U.S. airlines, which is located only 10 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City. Take advantage of the excellent rates we can find and book your flight through EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). For hotel accommodations, choose from EscapeWizard.com’s top selections below. Our number one selection would be the Holiday Inn Express for having such an excellent and helpful staff. Just follow this link to book through EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Once you are here, EscapeWizard.com recommends a trip to the Great Salt Lake, located about 17 miles west of the city. The Great Salt Lake is actually a remnant of the prehistoric Lake Bonneville, a massive body of water that once stretched into parts of Nevada and Idaho. Although the Great Salt Lake is much smaller today, it is still the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere, spanning 2100 miles. This lake is one of the most popular sites in Utah, and for good reason: visitors can swim or kayak in the salty waters, bask in the sun on one of the white-sand beaches, or explore Antelope Island, the biggest of the Great Salt Lake’s nine islands. Antelope Island offers hiking trails, a marina for sailboats, and designated camping areas.

Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and EscapeWizard.com encourages travelers to visit some of the Olympic venues. Olympic Cauldron Park is a great place to start. Adjacent to the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies took place, the park immortalizes the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic experience. Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy seeing some of the other Olympic venues, many of which are located at ski resorts within an hour’s drive of Salt Lake City.

EscapeWizard.com recommends a trip to the State House. Here visitors can take part in a guided tour which leaves every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. After this stop, Salt Lake City’s many interesting museums make learning fun for the whole family. EscapeWizard.com suggests a visit to the Utah Museum of Natural History, which boasts a vast collection of North American archaeological objects, thousands of animal and plant specimens, and a stunning geological collection. Visitors to the museum can venture into the Romney Mine, a reconstruction of a 19th-century Utah mine. Those looking to explore outer space will love Salt Lake City’s Clark Planetarium. This exceptional facility features a state-of-the art Hansen Dome Theatre, 3D IMAX Theater, and a series of cosmic light shows sure to entertain and delight. The Children’s Museum is an excellent place to take children if you are traveling as a family. And for art lovers, the Utah Musuem of Fine Arts is perfect to see a wide collection.

For a unique “living history” experience, EscapeWizard.com recommends spending an afternoon at This Is The Place Heritage Park. Step back in time at This Is The Place, a 450-acre replica of life in the Old West. Watch a blacksmith or furniture maker demonstrate his craft, ride around the park in one of three replica trains, and visit the Native American village, formerly home to five Native Utah tribes.

EscapeWizard.com also encourages visitors to visit some of Salt Lake City’s picturesque gardens. Nature lovers will feel at home at Red Butte Garden, the only arboretum in Utah. Wander through Red Butte’s 11 themed botanical gardens or bring a picnic and listen to internationally known artists as part of the outdoor concert series. Located on the banks of the Jordan River, the International Peace Gardens strive to promote peace and understanding between all peoples of the world. Twenty-six nations are represented here; each has a plot of land to create a garden containing that nation’s native plants, as well as sculptures of its peaceful leaders.

Considering all of the attractions in Salt Lake City, this amazing place is clearly so much more than just a skier’s paradise. Plan your next vacation to Salt Lake City today with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Salt Lake City
By Sarah Hay
DoubleTree Hilton Salt Lake City Airport
5151 Wiley Post Way, Salt Lake City, UT
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A short two minutes from Salt Lake International Airport and just ten minutes from downtown, the DoubleTree Hilton Salt Lake City Airport is perched on a gorgeous lake encompassing eight acres of pristine beauty, compete with a walking path. The hotel offers a free airport shuttle, and is located near a host of corporations, including AT&T, Boeing, Caterpillar, FedEx and Continental Airlines. There is a golf course just three miles away, and fine dining at local restaurants nearby. Of course, fantastic cuisine is also available on-site, with the hotel’s Grill 114 restaurant, and its companion Club 114 bar, featuring light fare and drinks until midnight, every night.

Every one of the 288 rooms and suites at the DoubleTree Hilton Salt Lake City Airport features a DoubleTree Hilton Serenity Bed™, as well as an in-room coffeemaker, daily newspaper delivery, and free high speed wireless Internet access, as well as hairdryers, ironing boards and irons. The hotel also offers bi-level penthouse suites and executive rooms, complete with executive workstations. Laundry and valet services are available, and there is a gift shop on site. Check-in is 3 p.m., and check-out is 12 p.m., and pets are welcome, for a fee. There are so many ways to relax and renew yourself at the DoubleTree Hilton, including their indoor pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. There is also an outdoor pool, running track, a pool table, volleyball and putting green, as well as a fitness facility, basketball court, and walking track.

Corporate visitors will appreciate the round-the-clock business center, offering free printing, as well as AV equipment rental, videoconferencing facilities, fax and express mail services. There are also a host of meeting rooms, complete with 13,000 square feet of meeting space. There are so many reasons to come and renew yourself in Salt Lake, why stay anywhere else but the DoubleTree Hilton Salt Lake City Airport? And to make sure you’re getting the best possible deal, let the experts at EscapeWizard.com take care of your reservations, by clicking here: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Salt Lake City
By Sarah Hay
Homewood Suites by Hilton Salt Lake City-Midvale/Sandy
844 East North Union Avenue, Midvale, UT
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Utah is a skier’s dream, and at the Homewood Suites by Hilton® Salt Lake City Midvale in Sandy, you’ll find a dream come true, with easy access to seven renowned ski resorts, including Snowbird, Solitude, Alta and Brighton, as well as downtown Salt Lake City, all found in a spacious 15-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport. Short and extended stays are welcome at the hotel’s one- and/or two-bedroom suites, featuring all the comforts of home.

From the moment you arrive at the Homewood Suites Salt Lake City Midvale, you’ll love the attention to quality and detail found in all aspects of your stay. Start your day with the hotel’s complimentary Suite Start hot breakfast, and unwind after a hard day of business or pleasure with a free Welcome Home® manager’s reception Monday through Thursday, featuring beverages and a light dinner. If you’re just too tired to shop after skiing, the hotel also offers a complimentary grocery shopping service.

You can cook up a gourmet meal in the fully equipped kitchens found in each of the Homewood suites, with full-sized refrigerators, microwaves, dual burner stoves, dishwashers and coffee-makers to help your culinary adventure. You’ll love relaxing in the suite’s separate sleeping and living areas, the two in-room TVs, dual phones with voicemail, and high-speed, free wireless Internet service. To ease your day, the hotel has a pool and whirlpool, and there’s a full-service gym on site to help keep you fit, along with a business center, to help keep your business in shape.

So, the next time you’re looking for a Utah hotel with the most offerings, look no further than the Homewood Suites by Hilton® Salt Lake City Midvale in Sandy, Utah. And if you’re looking for the best deal on this hotel, EscapeWizard.com will help make getting there easier than ever, just click here: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Salt Lake City
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Sheraton Salt Lake City
150 West 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT
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The Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel is right in downtown Salt Lake City, offering easy access to everything the city has to offer, along with gorgeous mountain views and all of the amenities you expect from a Sheraton. A complimentary shuttle is provided to transport you to and from the Salt Lake City International Airport, as well as to destinations around the hotel. The Salt Palace Convention Center is less than a mile away, and there are many major corporate offices nearby. You will also find local attractions like Abravanel Hall, Trolley Square and Hogle Zoo. There are several wonderful shopping areas and theaters nearby, as well.

This hotel has recently undergone a 14 million dollar renovation, and you will see many of the improvements in the modern, comfortable guest rooms and suites. All rooms feature the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed and have a large desk for you to get some work done. High speed internet access is available for an additional charge. The rooms also have 42” LCD flat screen televisions, along with refrigerators in certain rooms. The suites offer a separate living area, and many have stunning views of the city and mountains.

The Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel has both an outdoor and an indoor pool, sure to make your trip more relaxing and fun. There is also a massage and body salon available. The Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core Performance is sure to keep you in shape while you travel, with a full fitness center, workout videos in your room, and healthy dining options.

The 5th Street Grill is the perfect place to grab a meal, and it is open throughout the day. This casual restaurant serves Italian-inspired food. There is also a Starbucks available for your morning coffee needs, as well as an outdoor terrace to enjoy some fresh air. You can catch the game and have a drink at the Extra innings Lounge.

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Hotels in Salt Lake City
By Jessica Howell
Hilton Garden Inn Salt Lake City Downtown
250 West 600 South, Salt Lake City, UT
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Congratulations to the Hilton Garden Inn Salt Lake City Downtown hotel and dedicated staff for earning the title of Hotel of the Year!  Fast and friendly service, premium amenities and comfortable accommodations await at this highly recommended hotel.  Only six miles from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), not only is the Hilton Garden Inn Salt Lake City Downtown hotel perfectly located, but with services like a 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle, this hotel takes convenience to the next level. 

When you stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Salt Lake City Downtown hotel, you can wake up to a freshly cooked breakfast every morning at the Great American Grill.  Serving up American classics from sun-up to sun-down, the Great American Grill is the perfect dining option for every guest.  If you don’t have time for a sit-down meal, then grab a meal-on-the-go at the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry convenience mart or order room service around the clock.  Additional hotel features include a 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour business center, AV rental, custom catering, onsite laundry (additional charge), and 2,800 square feet of flexible meeting space.  Check in is at 3 p.m. and check out is at 12 noon.  

After exploring the hotel, make your way back to one of the 132 Evolution Rooms.  Guests staying in a king room will thoroughly enjoy the self-adjusting Garden Sleep System bed.  Everyone else will enjoy watching their favorite TV program or movie on a 32’ HD flat-screen TV.  If you are in town on business, the spacious work desk with ergonomic chair will prove productive, and you can always stay connected with free wireless internet access available in all rooms.

EscapeWizard.com recommends the Hilton Garden Inn Salt Lake City Downtown – Hilton’s Hotel of the Year – to anyone traveling to Salt Lake City, Utah.  Click on the following link to reserve your room today:  (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).