Hollywood Los Angeles

9 Iconic Travel Destinations in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is home to some of the most iconic and well-known locations in the world. It is also known for being the birthplace of some of the greatest works of art of all time. Stop by the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you will find tribute made to famous public figures. Walk iconic streets where you will discover top-line brands and unique entertainment. Visit the beach, take pictures, and embrace a one-of-a-kind atmosphere in the great city of Los Angeles. Especially now since you can ride the Salt Lake Express to get there!

Hollywood Sign & Griffith Observatory

Griffith Park Los Angeles

The Hollywood sign has been a staple of Los Angeles since its first appearance in 1923. You will find a popular viewing destination near the Griffith Observatory, where you can take a stunning photo with the sign. Take a hike on a nearby trail where you can get a little closer to the Hollywood sign and also be able to overlook the city of LA. Be sure to stop by the Griffith Observatory, where you will find a planetarium, public telescopes, various exhibits, and a breathtaking view of Los Angeles.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Take a walk down Hollywood Boulevard, where you will find brass stars embedded in the sidewalk. This 1.3-mile stretch of famous stars commemorates some of the most iconic actors, singers, and entertainers who have ever lived. Have a blast finding your favorites!

Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive Los Angeles

Rodeo Drive is a two-mile-long retail strip that radiates the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. With stores such as Gucci, Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, and over 100 other luxury brands, Rodeo Drive is sure to give you a glimpse into the high life.

Santa Monica Pier

Constructed in 1909, the Santa Monica Pier quickly became a popular attraction for tourists throughout the world. You will find an amusement park with a carousel ride, a solar-powered Ferris wheel, and an arcade. The pier is also home to 7 restaurants, an aquarium, and various locations to fish. While walking this historic pier, keep in mind that it was in family-favorite movies such as Forrest Gump and Iron Man. This unique pier is sure to have something fun for everyone!

Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica Beach offers the best beach experience in Los Angeles, with soft sandy beaches, great waves, and vendors offering food, drinks, and boogie board rentals. This beautiful beach has everything you could need for a perfect day on the sand.

Sunset Boulevard

Take an evening drive down the famous Sunset Boulevard, where you can experience a beautiful sunset over the pacific. After sunset, the sunset strip comes to life with music, comedy clubs, and bright lights. Have fun admiring the giant billboards that companies pay $30,000 to $100,000 or more per month for advertising.

The Getty Center

The Getty Center hosts peaceful gardens, beautiful paintings, and a delicious restaurant and café. You will also find renaissance paintings, 20th-century American photography, Baroque sculptures, historical manuscripts, and much more that will leave you in awe. The Getty Center is an attraction that you will not want to miss.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios is a must-stop location for every movie enthusiast. Take a 1-hour tour backstage where you will see actual props from iconic movies such as King Kong, Jaws, and War of

the Worlds. Stop by The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you will see Hogwarts and be able to visit recognizable locations from the movie. Grab some Butterbeer and stop by Ollivanders, where you can pick out a wand and become an official wizard. Or, immerse yourself in the land of Jurassic World by bringing yourself face to face with the Indigenous rex on Jurassic World – The Ride. Around every corner, you will find entertainment, rides, and true Hollywood magic.

Los Angeles Sporting Venues

Do not miss the opportunity to see three of the most iconic basketball, football, soccer, and hockey sports venues of all time. Around the time of your visit, be on the lookout for event tickets for sale. Cheer alongside fellow fans of your favorite teams and feel the rush of being in one of the greatest stadiums in the world!

Dodgers Stadium

Located right in the heart of Los Angeles, Dodgers Stadium has been entertaining Baseball fans for over 55 years. The stadium has hosted nine world series and currently holds the largest seating capacity in Major League Baseball, with an outstanding 56,000 seats.

Staples Center

Also located in the heart of Los Angeles is the iconic Staples Center. It serves as home to some of the greatest sports teams in the country. Including the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks. The Staples Center is famous for hosting some of the most renowned events in sports history and is nothing less than a sports fans paradise.

SoFi Stadium

This impressive stadium is home to the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers of the NFL. Planes passing overhead have the opportunity to view a 14 acre TV screen embedded into the roof. It’s controlled by the most technologically advanced live control room in the world. The stadium was built from the ground up with innovation and technological achievement in mind and is the first indoor-outdoor stadium ever constructed. Depending on when you visit, VIP tour tickets are for sale on the SoFi Stadium website. Don’t miss the opportunity to tour this one-of-a-kind stadium played by some of the greatest players in football.

Rose Bowl

Built in 1921, the Rose Bowl is one of the oldest stadiums in the country. Currently, it’s the 17th largest stadium in the world, with a seating capacity of 90,888. Having hosted five Super Bowl games and the 1994 FIFA world cup, this stadium has seen some of the greatest events of all time. Do not miss out on the opportunity to see this historic landmark in sports!

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What To Do On The Road To Elko?

Salt Lake Express now travels to Elko, Nevada! Wondering what there is to do along the way? We’ve got you covered! Let us help you plan a memorable trip that will have you going time and time again! Whether you’re traveling from Boise, Rexburg, or even Salt Lake, there’s something along the way for everyone.

Jackpot, NV

The moment you cross the border from Idaho into Nevada you’ll enter a little casino town with a population of only 1,195 people. Although small, the excitement that can be had here is not to be underestimated. Top attractions include the following:

Cactus Pete’s Resort Casino

Try your luck at one of the most popular casinos in Jackpot. Great food, drinks, and excitement can be found throughout Cactus Pete’s.

Horseshu Hotel & Casino

The Horseshu may not be the most popular destination in town, but is a perfect way to beat the crowds and still get all of the excitement that its neighbor, Cactus Pete’s Resort Casino, has to offer.

Jackpot Golf Course

Not too big into casinos? Golf your stresses away at Jackpot’s one and only golf course. This course’s challenging, yet beautiful, landscape and is a must stop for any golf enthusiast. If you’re lucky, many people have reported seeing wildlife running across the course. So be sure to keep an eye out!

Wells, NV

If you are looking for a way to relax and enjoy the outdoors then Wells is a great place for you. With breathtaking mountains, relaxing hot springs, and a beautiful lake, Wells is low-key an outdoor lover’s paradise.

Twelvemile Hot Springs

Don’t let the name of this 2-mile-in-2-mile-out hike deceive you. Grab a backpack and some water, and take a moderate hike to one of the most relaxing destinations in Wells. This popular destination can get pretty crowded so start your adventure early and claim your space at the hot springs.

Angel Lake

Get ready to visit one of the most beautiful places in Wells. With crystal clear water, abundant wildlife, a variety of small trails and amazing views from the mountain, this local gem is sure to become a personal favorite.

West Wendover, NV

Wendover is known for its luxurious casinos and high payouts. With five casinos and a total of 3,839 slot machines and 126 table games, there’s something for every casino lover. Not a huge casino fan? You can also visit the Bonneville Salt Flats that are sure to make for a memorable adventure.

Montego Bay Resort & Casino

Montego Bay is one of the most popular casinos in Wendover, and for good reason. Known for their friendly staff, clean rooms, exciting atmosphere, amazing food, and variety of games, Montego Bay is sure to make for a fun getaway.

Rainbow Casino & Hotel

Great payouts, variety of games, beautiful décor, and delicious food can all be found at Rainbow Casino & Hotel. Try your luck on one of the 890 slot machines or order some steak and lobster from the steakhouse. Take your weekend getaway to the next level by upgrading your hotel room to a mini suite, and enjoy a room equipped with a jetted hot tub for long, uninterrupted, relaxation.

Bonneville Salt Flats

Visit a unique destination frequently described as out of this world. A rest stop right off of I-80 allows you to easily access and walk on the beautiful terrain. With mountains as a backdrop, this destination is the perfect place for a stunning photo op. Stop by and make the Bonneville Salt Flats a memorable part of your trip.

Elko, NV

Elko is the largest city in the county, and continues to grow in size, population, and popularity each year. This continually changing city is known for its vast array of historical attractions, including a variety of outdoor adventures, museums and historical landmarks.

California Trail Historic Interpretive Center

This interactive museum is a fun stop for people of all ages. View and interact with life size exhibits that focus on helping you experience what it was like for the people who walked the 2,000 mile trek across the United States. Take a walk on an approximately ¾ mile hiking trail that leads to an amazing view of the Ruby mountains. Be sure to check out the California Trail Historic Interpretive Center calendar on their website to plan your visit around any special events that may be taking place.

Northeastern Nevada Museum

Take a trip to the past by stopping by the Northeastern Nevada museum. This 20,000 sqft museum covers the history and culture of early settlers of Nevada. You can expect to see exhibits featuring the art and local history of Nevada, as well as extensive wildlife habitat diagrams. The Northeastern Nevada Museum is a must stop for anyone visiting Elko!

The Star Hotel Restaurant

The Star Hotel Restaurant is a Basque restaurant known for its family style dining, rancher inspired atmosphere, and variety of comfort foods. Take a stop at a local favorite that is sure to win both the hearts, and stomachs, of you and your family.

“Go west, young man.”

Book your trip out to Elko and head west across the Utah and Nevada deserts. There’s more to do than you might think!

10 Things To Do In & Around Reno, Nevada

Get ready for 10 Things to do in and around Reno, Nevada. Thanks to the new route linking Salt Lake, UT to Reno, NV you can now experience all the fun, thrills, and excitement Reno has to offer. Looking for an exciting detour from school or work? Reno has several getaway experiences to offer.

Mt. Rose Ski Resort

If you’re itching to hit the slopes, but don’t want to make the trek to Lake Tahoe, consider heading to Mount Rose. Situated a little more than 20 miles southwest of downtown, Mount Rose is the closest ski area to Reno. And at 8,260 feet, it’s also Tahoe’s highest base resort, making for optimal ski conditions. According to recent visitors, this is a great ski area with varied terrain and friendly, knowledgeable staff.

  • Suggested Duration: Half Day to Full Day
Mt. Rose Ski Resort
Mt. Rose Ski Resort

Steamboat Hot Springs

Nevada boasts the highest concentration of natural hot springs in the United States, many located within a short drive of Reno. Remote hot springs and hot spring resorts are popular options for those seeking a more adventurous spa experience. Just a short drive outside the downtown area Steamboat Hot Springs provides a truly spa-like experience. Complete with facial treatments, massage services, as well as other traditional hot spring services.

  • Suggested Duration: 2 hours to Half Day

Casino at the Eldorado

Recent travelers still rate the Eldorado as one of the best places to gamble in Reno. It boasts 13 restaurants and bars — a point of major praise for visitors who appreciate not having to leave the casino to dine. The Eldorado Resort also features several on-site nightlife venues and hosts regular concerts.

  • Suggested Duration: 2 hours to Half Day

Lake Tahoe

If you have the opportunity to take a car out of Reno and visit Lake Tahoe, you certainly won’t regret it. This crystal-clear lake is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the country. Best known as a skiing destination in the winter but is equally exciting in the summer.

  • Suggested Duration: Full Day
Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

Constructed in 1968, the Pioneer Center is an excellent example of mid-century Populuxe architecture. This Non-profit 1,500-seat performing arts venue in the heart of downtown Reno, presents Broadway, ballet, philharmonic, and more shows to be enjoyed with you and your loved ones.

  • Suggested Duration: Show Run Time

Wilbur D. May Center

The Wilbur D. May Center is a year-round destination. It contains a museum, arboretum, and botanical garden – dedicated to preserving the legacy of Wilbur May, a Reno rancher, world traveler, and philanthropist. The museum contains a beautiful, permanent collection of rare and exotic artifacts and animals from around the world. The 20+ acre arboretum and botanical garden features beautiful plants, trees, and flowers, along with hidden groves, ponds, waterfalls, and a meditation labyrinth.

  • Suggested Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Reno Arch & City Plaza

The iconic Reno Arch is a great place to take a picture. Not far from the arch is the City Plaza which is home to two former Burning Man pieces – BELIEVE and Space Whale. With Several restaurants nearby this is a great place to walk around before or after a meal.

  • Suggested Duration: Half an hour to 1 hour

Reno’s Riverwalk

The Riverwalk is a place you can stroll free of cost any time of day. It’s a clean and pleasant reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the busier Reno area. Take your time and enjoy the downtown sights. You’ll find everything from up-and-coming establishments to a collection of galleries and restaurants. Recent visitors highly recommend this walk for those traveling with kids.

  • Suggested Duration: 2 hours to Half Day

Nevada Museum of Art

The Nevada Museum of Art is the oldest established cultural center in the state. But you wouldn’t know that by looking at it. After its 2001 renovation, this building is a fantastic example of modern architecture inspired by the landscape. The four main permanent exhibits include Altered Landscape Photography, Art of the Greater West, Contemporary Art, and the Work Ethic. Their outside exhibits boast two outdoor sculpture gardens, a suspended atrium staircase, and stunning views of the Reno skyline. This smaller museum (spanning 60,000 square feet across four levels) is perfect for exposing kids to the arts at a young age.

  • Suggested Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Animal Ark

If you’re planning a trip from the end of March to the beginning of November, consider visiting Animal Ark. Sitting on 38 acres and 25 miles north of Reno, this facility is not a zoo, but rather a safe haven for non-releasable wildlife. Visitors have the opportunity to watch the ark’s residents – which include several species of North American predators and some exotic species from other geographic areas – interact and play. Though it is a bit of a drive from Downtown Reno reviewers said it was worth the extra effort, especially if you’re traveling with young kids.

  • Suggested Duration: 2 hours to Half Day

Book your trip to Reno today and enjoy all the amenities of riding the Salt Lake Express.

Jackson Hole's famous antler arch

Jackson to Salt Lake – Explore Along the Way

We are once again expanding our route system. Even through the Covid-19 pandemic we have continued to provide excellent service. We are dedicated more than ever to provide transportation to more communities. The new route we have added connects Salt Lake City, UT to the popular mountain town of Jackson, WY. This will provide riders in Wyoming the opportunity to travel to and from Salt Lake directly instead of having to travel the longer route through Idaho Falls. The route will be operating once a day to and from Jackson to Salt Lake.

Jackson to Salt Lake near GTNP

This new route has the customary benefits you’ve come to expect from the Salt Lake Express, plus the safety precautions we are taking due to the pandemic. But don’t let these uncertain times stifle your sense of adventure. We’re excited not only for the new route from Jackson, but for all the new locations in Wyoming that it’ll serve. The new route will have stops in the following Wyoming cities: Jackson, Alpine Junction, Thayne, Afton, Kemmerer, and Evanston. The route also includes a stop in Park City, UT.

The Jackson to Salt Lake Adventure

Let’s start this adventure with the destination you’re taking this trip for, Jackson Hole, WY. Jackson has almost anything you could want from natural beauty, privacy, and tranquility to luxurious amenities, vibrant culture, and the best skiing around. Jackson is home to three ski areas: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King Mountain Resort, and Grand Targhee Resort. The Town Square features arches made of shed antlers and is surrounded by blocks of walk-able restaurants and shops. And don’t miss two famous landmarks, the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and the Silver Dollar Bar. North of Jackson are the peaks of Grand Teton National Park, as well as vast Yellowstone National Park where you can enjoy a slower pace and enjoy the wide-open mountain valleys, and rustic, elegant décor reflecting the area’s unique heritage.

Enrich your trip experience with single day stops at breathtaking locations along the way. On your trip between Jackson and Salt Lake you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy all the amenities included at the Park City Mountain Resort in Utah. Things such as skiing and riding school, mountain dining, and equipment rentals. If it’s not winter or if skiing isn’t your speed enjoy a relaxing visit to Bear River State Park near Evanston, WY. This day-use only park, home to bison and elk herds, offers over eight miles of trails and fishing. Boating is also available depending on the river level.

Hidden Gems

Along the way you also can stop in and see the first retail location for clothing store chain JCPenney’s. Just down from the “Mother Store” is the home where James Cash Penney used to live. At the Fossil Country Frontier Museum located in Kemmerer you’ll also be able to see anything from Bootlegging Stills and Wine Presses to Hadrosaurid footprint. This museum holds several annual events so wherever you go you’ll be in for a treat.

After enjoying the first leg of your trip your next stop is in Afton, WY. Here you’ll be able to visit several natural and man-made beauties, including the World’s Largest Intermittent Spring as well as the World’s Largest Elkhorn Arch.

These attractions are just a few of the sites and wonders you can experience on the road between Jackson and Salt Lake City. So don’t be afraid to explore and experience all that this new bus route has to offer. Again, we’re excited about this new route and the locations it serves. We cannot wait for you to enjoy your next adventure with us. Book your trip today at saltlakeexpress.com

Wildlife in Yellowstone: What Can You See?

Yellowstone National Park is known worldwide for the wildlife and natural wonders it contains. Photographers wait for hours to get the perfect photograph of anything they can find. If you find yourself in the northwestern United States, why not hop onto a Salt Lake Express bus to West Yellowstone and learn why?

Here is a short list of some of the wildlife you can see!

The Gray Wolf

The gray wolf, also known as the Timber Wolf, is on the endangered species list. Though they once roamed through about two thirds of the United States, they only have populations in seven states now. Gray wolves typically weigh between 60 and 145 pounds, with size varying by gender. Females are usually smaller. They are generally about 5-7 feet long from nose to tail (the tail is usually about 2 feet long) and move in packs of up to 15 members! To learn more about gray wolves, you can visit the National Wildlife Federation’s Website.

The Grizzly Bear

The Grizzly Bear is a type of brown bear. They actually come in a wide variety of colors ranging from almost white to a dark brown. One of their more distinguishing features is the hump on their shoulders, which is where muscle connects to their backbone. Females can reach up to 800lbs while males can reach up to 1700lbs. Apparently the term “Grizzly Bear” originated because during the colder months they can be seen with the tips of their fur coated in ice. This can give them a “grizzled” or gray look. Learn more here!

The Mountain Lion

The Mountain Lion has many names. Some of the common ones are Puma, Panther and Cougar. They are located all throughout the Americas, and where they live has a profound influence on their size! Near the equator, they are much smaller, and the further north you go the larger they get. Smaller cats weigh between 64 and 115 pounds and larger cats can reach 141-220 pounds depending on gender. They are solitary creatures with wide ranges, living wherever food and shelter can be found. If you are interested, you can learn more here.

Red Fox

Red Foxes typically have red fur, with white fur across their bellies and chest. They can have gray patches, however, which sometimes causes them to be mistaken for their cousin the gray fox. The best way to tell the difference is to check the tail: gray foxes have a black tipped tails and red foxes have white tipped tails. Red foxes prefer to eat rabbits and mice, but are efficient scavengers when necessary. Their hearing is so good they can hear mice and other rodents digging underground! Click here to learn more!

Coyote

Coyotes are close cousins to wolves and are some of the most common wild canines in North America. They are rated as being of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Coyotes weigh between 15 and 44 pounds, and mostly feed on bison, deer, moose, elk and other large herbivores, though they will hunt and eat smaller game when they can. They have been known to stalk and attack humans from time to time, though this has only resulted in 2 known deaths and 130 injuries in the last 30 years, mostly in California where humans are encroaching on their habitat.

River Otter

River otters are highly social, playful animals. They live in families, usually a female and her offspring, or a group of males. Otters like to eat fish, which they hunt by hiding and ambushing them. They also eat insects, birds and some frogs and lizards. Otters have have few water predators, but on land they are hunted by everything from bobcats to grizzly bears. They are not considered endangered or at risk. If you want to know more about otters, here is a good place to start.

American Buffalo

American Buffalo are commonly called Bison. They can stand up to 6 feet tall and weigh upwards of 900 pounds. They live about 20 years when not raised in captivity, that’s why we love seeing them free in Yellowstone. Bison are identifiable by the hump on their back and their shaggy brown fur, They often grow beards and and the fur on their front is longer than the fur towards their rump. The eat constantly, and often do so even while on the move. Find more information about Bison here.

Yellowstone Elk

There are between 10,000 and 20,000 Elk in Yellowstone at any given time. They are the most populous hooved animal in the park. Each elk weighs between 500 and 700 pounds. Males grow antlers which have on average 6 tines or points. They use them to establish dominance over other males during mating, or “rutting”, season. The word elk originated with European settlers. The closest thing they had seen to an elk was a Moose, and so they used their name for moose. European still use the term Elk to refer to Moose, and this causes some confusion among European visitors.

Moose

Moose are the largest members of the deer family. They stand 6 feet tall and weigh up to 1,000 pounds. Because Moose are so tall, they have a hard time bending over to eat grass. Instead, they eat twigs and leaves. The word “moose” was the Algonquin word meaning “eaters of twigs”. Interestingly, each of their hairs is hollow, which allows the them to act as insulation in the winter. Unlike females, males grow horns in the spring for use during mating season in the fall. The antlers can grow to up to 6 feet and are used to fight other bulls for territory or mates. To find out more about moose in Yellowstone, go here!

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep are compact animals, with thickly bunched musculature. They are well adapted to living in steep places such as slopes and mountainsides. Typically, bighorn sheep are white and males can be distinguished by their large curved horns, which weigh up to 30 pounds. They can weigh between 160 and 350 pounds, and stand around 40 inches (3′ 4″) high. They have been on the endangered species list, but made a recovery. There are still efforts to continue protecting them. Read here for more.

Mule Deer

Mule deer get their name from their large ears, which reminded settlers of a mule. Their other defining feature is the “mask” on their face. Mule deer range between 3 and 3.5 feet tall and 4 to 7 feet long. They usually weigh between 130 and 280 pounds. They are actually very picky eaters: they will eat only the most nutritious foods. This means they have more robust requirements for foraging and fewer places to live.

Pronghorn Antelope

Pronghorn Antelope are easily identifiable by their horns, as shown in the picture above. They are remarkably agile, and can reach speeds of nearly 60 miles per hour. Pronghorns also have excellent vision, which allows them to spot predators from further away on their long migrations. They will eat grasses shrubs and most other greenery, and they seldom drink water since they get all the water they need from the plants they eat. If you’d like to know more, go here.

White Tailed Deer

White Tailed Deer are the smallest member of the deer family. They live throughout most of the Rocky Mountains, Arizona and most of Mexico. White Tailed Deer stand almost 3 feet tall and can weigh up to 300 pounds. Males grow antlers as seen in the photograph above and when frightened they raise their tail to signal other deer that danger is near by. More information on White Tailed Deer can be found here.

Beaver

The American Beaver is the largest rodent in America. The distinguishing feature of the beaver is it’s long flat tail, which it uses to navigate more easily in the water. It also uses its tail to raise the alarm when there is danger by slapping the water. The Beaver builds dams by chewing down trees or chewing through branches to build their homes. Their teeth are always growing, so chewing on trees prevents their teeth from getting too long. Find out more here!

Chipmunks

Chipmunks are rodents that can often be seen playing, fighting for food and generally scampering around the Yellowstone area. They are small and striped, and they hoard food in preparation for winter. This makes them an important part of the ecosystem because it moves seeds around for plants and trees. They are also an important source of food for predators, such as foxes and coyotes. Information on Chipmunks can be found here.

Yellow Bellied Marmots

Yellow bellied marmots are also called Rock Chucks and are a member of the ground squirrel family. They are found across the mountainous areas of Canada and the Western United States. Marmots are typically brown in color and weigh about 11 pounds. They are very common and not considered to be under threat. They like to poke their heads out of their burrows and look at anything they are curious about that might be passing by. If you’d like to learn more this is a good place to start.

Red Squirrels

While Red Squirrels may be very common they are also very cute! The are another animal that hoards nuts and berries leading up to the winter months and are therefore important for the life cycles of trees and other plants. They also serve as prey for most ground predators and even some larger birds. They can be fearless around humans when they live in cities and towns, and their habitat crosses readily into areas with large human populations. For more information about squirrels, here is a good place to start.

Bats

Yellowstone is home to 13 varieties of bats, and all eat insects and are active at night. Unfortunately, due to a fungal infection, many of the bats populations are falling. Several species of bats have become extinct, and the other cannot recover quickly because they raise only 1 pup per female per year. If you see a bat, don’t be scared! Instead, thank them for controlling the insect population and leave it in peace so the population can rise. To learn more about bats, you can go here or here.

While this may seem like an extensive list, there are many more animals to see in Yellowstone Park! Go to Yellowstone National Park’s Website to learn more.

St. George Express Is Now Salt Lake Express

St. George Express is now Salt Lake Express

We decided to consolidate our two brands under one name. Moving forward there will no longer be the southern Utah-branded St. George Express, rather, everything will fall under our main name of Salt Lake Express.

There will be no changes in routes, schedules, or the booking system. Everything will continue to operate as it always has.

“Our riders will only experience two differences with this change,” said Jacob Price, owner of Salt Lake Express. “They will ride on a bus that says Salt Lake Express instead of St. George Express and they will experience even better customer service than before. We are more committed than ever to provide our riders with top tier service, especially during this complicated time.”

The pandemic has been tough on the the travel industry, which is why we wanted to hit the road running. As we reintroduce our brand to the southern Utah and Las Vegas communities we want to emphasize our commitment to providing the best possible customer service and most flexible routes and schedules.

We will host a grand reopening event that will take place in early October at our St. George office (805 S. Bluff St., St. George, UT 84790). Community members are encouraged to stop by and enjoy complimentary refreshments as well as guaranteed discounts on future bus fares.

As a company, Salt Lake Express operates routes all around St. George, as far south as Las Vegas, NV, and as far north as Great Falls, MT. We travel heavily along the I-15 corridor as well as I-86 and I-84 between southeast Idaho and Boise, ID. Offering routes to many getaway destinations including Jackson, WY, Sun Valley, ID, and of course St. George, UT and Las Vegas, NV.

For more information about the new name or the company contact Lisa Young at 800-356-9796 ext. 6145 or at lisa.young@saltlakeexpress.com. If you’re interested in booking a trip visit saltlakeexpress.com or call 800-356-9796.

Read the official press release HERE.

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Masks, Hand Sanitizer, Health Screenings, & More

How can we help you travel more confidently?

As we enter back into a realm of normalcy, we understand that it’s going to take some time. However, we’re here to help that process along. Our goal here at Salt Lake Express is to earn the trust of our travelers. Even if that takes a little time. In order to improve confidence among our travelers, we’re implementing the following practices on our buses.

Health Screenings

To ensure our riders’ safety on our end, we’re making sure that all of our drivers are taking necessary precautions. They will all receive a basic health screening before their shift. This will help us know if anyone is feeling ill or showing early signs of illness. If a driver is unfit, then a different driver will take their place.

We have and are considering screening our passengers. However, it is a large undertaking so at the current moment we are adhering to social distancing practices. We have scaled back the amount of passengers allowed on a single bus.

Hand Sanitizer

Along with health screenings and the current disinfecting practices employed, we are now offering hand sanitizer. To be direct, we know that it doesn’t matter how often we tell you that we clean our buses if you don’t see it happen with your own eyes. In order to help with this effort, we will provide hand sanitizer on our buses as well as cleaning wipes that you are able to wipe down your area with.

You will find the hand sanitizer near the passenger entry of each bus. This way you are able to use it before touching any surfaces on the bus.

Face Masks

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In doing our part to continue to slow the spread, we have been providing masks for all travelers for weeks now. When used in accordance with CDC guidelines, face masks can be effective at helping slow the spread of the virus.

While our drivers and riders employ these safety standards combined with common sense, we believe our buses are a safe transportation option during this time. With the addition of these provided face masks in conjunction with the daily deep cleaning of our vehicles, we are prepared for people to start traveling again.

The CDC recommends wearing face masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Social Distancing

We are able to accommodate social distancing whenever possible. What we mean by this is that it’s really difficult to have a true 6 foot separation on buses. We are social distancing by limiting capacity on our vehicles whenever possible. This will help to make way for better social distancing while riding one of our buses.

In sum, our goal is to continue to do everything in our power to ensure safety while traveling with us. We believe that by taking these measures we can help people begin to feel comfortable when resuming regular travel again.

Salt Lake Express’ Healthy Travel Procedures

We know and understand that the coronavirus is at the front of most people’s minds. We want to let everyone know that we are taking the necessary steps to ensure our riders safety is put first. Our talented and professional team of drivers, mechanics, customer service representatives, and management are all working hard to deliver the proper information to our loyal customers.

Salt Lake Express Will Provide Masks For Riders

We believe in traveling safely, both today and tomorrow. We also believe in safe travels in every way. Well-inspected and maintained buses, competent and trained drivers, and clean cabins with the addition of provided face masks.

In doing our part to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, Salt Lake Express will be providing masks for all travelers. When used in accordance with CDC guidelines, face masks can be effective at helping slow the spread of the virus. Face masks should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of ones face and allow breathing without restriction.

While our drivers and riders employ these safety standards combined with common sense, we believe our buses are a safe transportation option during this time. With the addition of these provided face masks in conjunction with the daily deep cleaning of our vehicles, we are prepared for people to start traveling again.

A Message From Our Owner

Dear Rider,

As an integral member of the Salt Lake Express community, we value the trust you place in our team when you travel.

Considering the ongoing news about COVID-19, the coronavirus, we thought it would be a good idea to update you on the steps we are taking to ensure your health and safety in your travels.

We have recently implemented procedures to redouble our efforts to make sure the safety and well being of our passengers and our employees is uppermost in our minds.

We’ve done this with a two-step approach that we are implementing throughout our entire fleet. That approach is this:

  1. First, all of our drivers have been instructed and trained on wiping down and disinfecting all hard surfaces at the end of each leg of a trip. This is done in accordance with best industry practices.
  2. Then, at the completion of a trip, the buses are brought back to the yard where our expert cleaning team then wipes down and disinfects the entire bus before it goes out on its next trip the following day.

Our hope is that by implementing these steps it will ensure the continued safety and well-being of not only our passengers, but our employees as well.

Thank you for your continued trust in Salt Lake Express, we sincerely appreciate it. Now, as we all commit to traveling smarter and more consciously, we hope you all travel safely as well.

Thank you,
Jacob Price, Owner

Official Letter From Visit Salt Lake

Visit Salt Lake

In this time of uncertainty and concern regarding the Coronavirus, a.k.a. COVID-19, our clients and customers are asking, “Should I cancel my travel plans to Salt Lake?” According to the World Health Organization, the answer is no.

Visit Salt Lake is responding to its clients’ concerns and would like to provide our partners and members with tools to respond.

In addition to providing an informative video produced by the CDC about why travelers shouldn’t cancel plans, reiterating simple health recommendations for staying safe during the outbreak, and providing up-to-date informational links to the CDC and WHO regarding the current situation in the U.S., there are some Salt Lake facts that are important to consider:

  • SALT LAKE IS AN INLAND DESTINATION: Unlike Washington and California, where the majority of COVID-19 cases are located, Salt Lake is inland and away from the majority of international travelers arriving by air or sea from China and other countries experiencing the highest rate of infected individuals.
  • SALT LAKE CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Though a major hub for Delta Air Lines, Salt Lake City International does not currently have non-stop service to/from restricted countries.
  • We understand there are a number of major issues regarding coronavirus and group travel, including the legality and practicality of trying to invoke force majeure clauses. For those of you that utilize contracts within your business, it is important to remember that a true force majeure generally requires two elements:

(1) an unexpected/unanticipated event, AND
(2) the event is illegal or impossible to fulfill as a result.

*Currently, most group concerns are an attrition issue, not a force majeure.

Other facts to consider:

  • OUTDOOR RECREATION: Salt Lake provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation, which is a good alternative for those concerned about going to crowded tourist attractions and the associated potential risk for contracting the virus.
  • TRAVEL COSTS: With so many people staying home due to fear of the virus, hotel rates and other associated travel costs are lower.

To see the toolkit page Visit Salt Lake has created, including additional information, go here.

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Visit Salt Lake
90 South West Temple
Salt Lake, UT 84101
VisitSaltLake.com

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St George Express is helping you elevate your bus travel experience

Healthy Travel Procedures

We know and understand that the coronavirus is at the front of most people’s minds. We want to let everyone know that we are taking the necessary steps to ensure our riders safety is put first. Our talented and professional team of drivers, mechanics, customer service representatives, and management are all working hard to deliver the proper information to our loyal customers.

St. George Express Will Provide Masks For Riders

We believe in traveling safely, both today and tomorrow. We also believe in safe travels in every way. Well-inspected and maintained buses, competent and trained drivers, and clean cabins with the addition of provided face masks.

In doing our part to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, Salt Lake Express & St. George Express will be providing masks for all travelers. When used in accordance with CDC guidelines, face masks can be effective at helping slow the spread of the virus. Face masks should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of ones face and allow breathing without restriction.

While our drivers and riders employ these safety standards combined with common sense, we believe our buses are a safe transportation option during this time. With the addition of these provided face masks in conjunction with the daily deep cleaning of our vehicles, we are prepared for people to start traveling again.

A Message From Our Owner

Dear Rider,

As an integral member of the Salt Lake Express & St. George Express community, we value the trust you place in our team when you travel.

Considering the ongoing news about COVID-19, the coronavirus, we thought it would be a good idea to update you on the steps we are taking to ensure your health and safety in your travels.

We have recently implemented procedures to redouble our efforts to make sure the safety and well being of our passengers and our employees is uppermost in our minds.

We’ve done this with a two-step approach that we are implementing throughout our entire fleet. That approach is this:

  1. First, all of our drivers have been instructed and trained on wiping down and disinfecting all hard surfaces at the end of each leg of a trip. This is done in accordance with best industry practices.
  2. Then, at the completion of a trip, the buses are brought back to the yard where our expert cleaning team then wipes down and disinfects the entire bus before it goes out on its next trip the following day.

Our hope is that by implementing these steps it will ensure the continued safety and well-being of not only our passengers, but our employees as well.

Thank you for your continued trust in Salt Lake Express, we sincerely appreciate it. Now, as we all commit to traveling smarter and more consciously, we hope you all travel safely as well.

Thank you,
Jacob Price, Owner

Official Letter From Visit Salt Lake

Visit Salt Lake

In this time of uncertainty and concern regarding the Coronavirus, a.k.a. COVID-19, our clients and customers are asking, “Should I cancel my travel plans to Salt Lake?” According to the World Health Organization, the answer is no.

Visit Salt Lake is responding to its clients’ concerns and would like to provide our partners and members with tools to respond.

In addition to providing an informative video produced by the CDC about why travelers shouldn’t cancel plans, reiterating simple health recommendations for staying safe during the outbreak, and providing up-to-date informational links to the CDC and WHO regarding the current situation in the U.S., there are some Salt Lake facts that are important to consider:

  • SALT LAKE IS AN INLAND DESTINATION: Unlike Washington and California, where the majority of COVID-19 cases are located, Salt Lake is inland and away from the majority of international travelers arriving by air or sea from China and other countries experiencing the highest rate of infected individuals.
  • SALT LAKE CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Though a major hub for Delta Air Lines, Salt Lake City International does not currently have non-stop service to/from restricted countries.
  • We understand there are a number of major issues regarding coronavirus and group travel, including the legality and practicality of trying to invoke force majeure clauses. For those of you that utilize contracts within your business, it is important to remember that a true force majeure generally requires two elements:

(1) an unexpected/unanticipated event, AND
(2) the event is illegal or impossible to fulfill as a result.

*Currently, most group concerns are an attrition issue, not a force majeure.

Other facts to consider:

  • OUTDOOR RECREATION: Salt Lake provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation, which is a good alternative for those concerned about going to crowded tourist attractions and the associated potential risk for contracting the virus.
  • TRAVEL COSTS: With so many people staying home due to fear of the virus, hotel rates and other associated travel costs are lower.

To see the toolkit page Visit Salt Lake has created, including additional information, go here.

……………………………………………….

Visit Salt Lake
90 South West Temple
Salt Lake, UT 84101
VisitSaltLake.com

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World Health Organization Q&A

St. George Express Zion National Park 15

4 Things To Plan Before Your Trip To St. George

St. George Express and Salt Lake Express make visiting St. George convenient and memorable. However, trips are not fun unless you know what is in store. There are four things you need to consider before planning your trip to St. George. These things include museums/history, activities, parks, and food.

The Museums & History of St. George

St. George has loads of history and museums to display the amazing artifacts from history. Just outside of St.George is The Jacob Hamlin house. Inside there are preserved artifacts from the 1800s. These artifacts depict what life was like from Jacob Hamlin who played a huge role in serving the American Indians and settling St. George. Another key player in the history of St. George is Brigham Young.

St. George

In St. George you can find the Brigham Young Winter home. Tours of the home show what life was like for him and his growing family in the 1870s as well as his participation in the community.

Another gem found in the heart of St.George is the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum which is packed with pictures and artifacts from the pioneers. They offer tours and have a fun scavenger hunt to participate in.

Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum is another fun place to visit. There you can find wildlife from every continent. You are free to walk around on your own or pick up an electronic wand and be taught by individual narration about the creatures that roam and have roamed our continents.

The Activities

If you are looking for an outside adventure, St. George does not disappoint. The winters in St.George are pretty mild but if you go to certain resorts the mountains are full of skiers and snowboarders.

The summers on the other hand are hot. But there is nothing better than spending a hot summer afternoon near the water. St. George is home to three perfect water locations. Whether you choose to go fishing, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding or boating you will enjoy yourself at Sand Hollow State Park, Gunlock State Park, and Quail Creek State Park.

If you like shooting come practice your aim at “The shooting experience”. Horseback riding or ATVing is a unique way to view some of the canyons and trails in St. George. All of these activities are loads of fun but nothing beats hiking through the canyons of the state and national parks.

The Parks

St.George is known for its red rocks and national and state parks. You can visit one park or go see a few. Each park has unique wildlife, vegetation and rock formations.

Chuckwalla Trail

At the head of the Chuckwalla Trail you can find people rock climbing or repelling down the rocks. As you head down the path you can see several caves in the rocks, as well as a variety of trees, flowers and wildlife.

At the end of the trail there is a mini arch. That looks over a beautiful view of the red rock land below.

Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon is a State Park that offers 12 unique trails just off of one road. Throughout the park there are several parking places, picnic areas and bathrooms. In the middle of the park, surrounded by red rock are one of a kind camping sites. It is also home to a diversity of plants and wildlife that are only found in this state park.

You can check out the Snow Canyon State Park Trail Map here.

In the middle of all this red rock however, is some white rock mountains. Due to its color one of the first trails at the top of Snow Canyon is called White rocks trail. It is a 4 mile trail that passes through red, white and black rock. A Quarter mile into the hike there is a fork in the path. If you take a right at this point you will come to the White rocks Amphitheater. This trail is a total of 1 mile that leads your to an amphitheater of natural sandstone and back.

Further down the road is the Lava Flow trail. This trail 2.5 miles of uneven surfaces due to the jumbled lava rock. There are also two lava tubes that are big enough to climb into.

Petrified Dunes is another fun hike. It is 1.2 miles long. There are some steep, uneven surfaces but a pretty moderate hike. This hike walks along Navajo sandstone outcrops and sand dunes that are petrified and frozen in time.

Snow Canyon is family friendly park. The shorter length hikes make it possible to enjoy more than one hike and see a variety of different views.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is open everyday of the year, however some facilities and services may be closed during certain parts of the year. A free shuttle is in operation March through late November. The shuttle starts at the Visitors Center and goes to the end of the park. There are 8-9 stops depending on the time of year and weather. Due to the weather and rock slides some trails may be closed as well. It is smart to have an idea of what trails you want to hike before you arrive to make the most of your time.

Here is the Zion National Park Shuttle and Trail Map.

Angels Landing

One of the most famous hikes in Zion is called Angels Landing. Although the view from this hike is breath taking, this hike is not for everyone. This hike is 5.4 miles with and elevation change of 1488 ft which means long drop offs. Since 2004, 10 people have died falling from the cliffs on this route. The path is often snowy and icy. It is not for young children of people with fear of heights.

The Upper Emerald Pools

The Upper Emerald Pools is another popular hike. It is a mile long hike across a sandy and rocky path. The hike ends at the Upper Emerald Pools at the base of a cliff. In the winter the pool is covered in snow and ice but is still beautiful. In the summer when the snow has melted the pool is an emerald green color with vegetation surrounding the pool.

The Temple of Sinawava

Temple of Sinawava is the last stop that the shuttles go to. It has a beautiful view along with bathrooms and water. This stop takes you to the trail head of Riverside Walk and The Narrows. The Riverside Walk is just what its name says. It is 2.2 miles of paved trail along side the river. It is wheelchair accessible and very easy but can get pretty cold in between the canyons. At the end of this trail is the start of The Narrows trail. This hike is one of a kind but pretty strenuous. It is an additional 7.2 miles and most of that is through water. However, there are boots and dry suits available at the visitor center for this hike.

The Food

Food is always an important part of a vacation. No matter what you are in the mood for, they have it in St.George. Some of the local favorites are as follows. The Painted Pony is a well loved fine dining restaurant that serves American Contemporary food. The Hawaiian Poke Bowl is another option. It has 5 stars on trip adviser and its seafood, Polynesian food and Hawaiian food does not disappoint. Red Fort Cuisine of India is another favorite. It is a traditional Indian food restaurant. Another cheaper, yet popular option is Irmita’s Casita which is a Mexican restaurant. They offer all types of options from authentic to Tex-Mex.

Whether you want to relax and enjoy the scenery with some good food or experience an action filled adventure, St. George is the place to visit. So when you plan your trip to St. George, remember that the Salt Lake Express and the St. George Express are here to help.