Bryce Canyon, one of the great Utah destinations

5 Utah Destinations to Visit Before Summer Ends

In the 1966 cult classic surfing documentary Endless Summer, a couple of surfers travel both sides of the equator for one year searching for the perfect wave, enjoying an “endless summer”. Salt Lake Express does not have a travel route that expansive, so by necessity, summer must end for us. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time to check out the many great Utah destinations at your fingertips.

The Beehive State is famous for its national parks, opportunities for hiking, and breathtaking scenery. From the majesty of the Wasatch Range to the red-hued geology of southern Utah, the landscape provides plenty of diversions. If this gorgeous part of the country doesn’t provide an endless summer, it certainly encourages endless summer fun. And now in the month of August, the pressure is on to take advantage of what remains of the season.

Here are a five Utah destinations you’ll want to make sure you visit this month.


Zion National Park

Zion, one of the great Utah destinations
Photo courtesy of Wolfgang Staudt, via Flickr

Zion National Park is not only one of the most beautiful Utah destinations, it is also extremely inviting. Scores of hiking trails weave through this national park, including the popular Narrows, a hike down and in the Virgin River through the narrowest gorges of Zion Canyon.

Fascinating wild and plant life also swarm the lovely sandstone cliffs and wilderness, adding to the camping and hiking allure. Learn more about park fees, permits, and other things to do at Zion’s by visiting their official website.

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, one of the great Utah destinations
Photo courtesy of Garrett, via Flickr

Some of the best that Utah has to offer can be found in the sights, sounds, and culture of its capital. Salt Lake City keeps the summer party going even going into September. The ongoing Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Festival entertains with events through mid-September, the Real Madrid schedule begins this month, and City Creek is all the more enjoyable in warm weather.

From concerts to festivals to dining, Salt Lake attracts thousands upon thousands of visitors each year. And as our namesake, Salt Lake Express is proud to help sustain that exodus. Join us in Salt Lake City this summer before the cool weather moves in.

Bonneville Salt Flats

Bonneville Salt Flats, one of the great Utah destinations
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Home to the Bonneville Speedway and numerous land speed records, the Bonneville Salt Flats are a mere two hours west of Salt Lake City. The dense salt pan is a natural phenomenon and definitely worth checking out for its own sake. Not to mention there are several places to camp nearby — though not on the flats!

And when we say flats, we mean flat. You can practically see the curvature of the earth, and there is no vegetation to decorate the landscape. This truly otherworldy part of the state is one of the most impressive Utah destinations.

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon, one of the great Utah destinations
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Just 72 miles from Zion is yet another national park — Bryce Canyon National Park, which includes more sandstone features, huge, breathtaking amphitheaters, and a dazzling array of color. Summer is a great time to visit Bryce Canyon, but late August and September are especially timely; at this point, the summer rains have subsided and temperatures are still pleasant. In fact, while other popular outdoor areas in southern Utah experience fairly scorching heat, Bryce Canyon remains more temperate.

If you are looking to visit Utah destinations off the beaten path, Bryce is several hours from any major airport and over 100 miles from the I-15. We’re happy to take you as close as we can!

Bear Lake

Bear Lake, one of the great Utah destinations
Photo courtesy of Andrew Kalat, via Flickr

On the other end of the state, straddling the Utah-Idaho border, Bear Lake boasts just about all the summer fun you can imagine. Swimming, boating, camping, and fishing are all available from both states’ sides.

You can also enjoy summer events at Bear Lake, such as the Bear Lake County Fair and coinciding Rodeo Days.


Our summer days may be numbered, but in Utah, there are plenty of attractions to fill them up. From the diverse cultural experience of the city to the beauty and wonder of the parks, these Utah destinations are ideal during this time of year.

Book your trip to your next destination with Salt Lake Express and we will take you there or to the nearest drop-off point. This state is vast and open for adventure, so make good use of the summer and explore its endless majesty.

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Charter Bus Rentals for Group Transportation

We as human beings have a primal desire to fall into groups. We marry, raise families, work in companies, go out with friends, join teams, and go to movie theaters. And sometimes, this desire to pack together not only has social and emotional benefits but logistical as well. It is much easier to move a planeful of people from one country to another than to individually ship them. And at Salt Lake Express, we offer charter bus rentals because we know your need for group transportation.

There are many ways to individually get from point A to point B. But when it comes to moving an entire team or another group of people, options become more limited. Say you’re a baseball team with not only a whole roster of players but a large amount of equipment. Or maybe you’re a church group and you need space for all the food to feed them. Very quickly, a well-intentioned work retreat can turn into a logistical nightmare.

This is where Salt Lake Express can show you what it’s really made of. Just how can we help you transport your group, and whom do we serve? That is what we hope to address.


Charter Bus Rentals for Group Transportation - MCI D-Series

We offer charter bus rentals.

Salt Lake Express is a time-honored shuttle service serving over 100 stops throughout the intermountain west. Spanning from Montana all the way down to Nevada, our route includes numerous popular destinations like Yellowstone, Zion’s National Park, Sun Valley, and Las Vegas. With this blessing of serving such areas comes an inherent responsibility. Millions of people visit these and other spots annually, and most come from outside the region. We are committed to assisting them in their journey.

And more often than not, people make these trips as groups, not just individually. This where the issue of logistics returns. How do you comfortably move a large group of people when there is such limited space, and high demand? The answer lies in charter bus rentals.

With four different bus models in our fleet, we are well-equipped from the beginning to customize your trip to your needs. If you are traveling a longer distance, you can specify that you require a restroom on the bus. Thankfully, each of our buses comes with heating and air conditioning so no matter the weather, you can still comfortable on the bus. Each bus, regardless of the model, also comes with overhead storage and reclining, high-back seats.

Convenience and specific requests come at no extra cost — just identify what you need and we’ll take care of it.

Charter Bus Rentals for Group Transportation - Grech M2 GM40

We offer group transportation.

We and our drivers take group transportation very seriously. The overall success of your trip — and the determinant of future trips like it — largely depends on having the right travel accommodations.

Is everyone comfortable? Is the bus traveling at a safe speed? Have we been living up to the promises we made? These are the questions our drivers ask themselves. We want you to not only be safe and comfortable but to have an overwhelmingly positive charter bus experience.

No matter the group, we provide transportation at an unbeatable group price. Here are just a few of the different groups we provide charter bus rentals for.

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Athletic

We’re coming into the baseball season, which means you’ll need to get your team to state and regional championships in a couple months. But no matter the sport, regardless of the season, we are dedicated to getting you, your team, and your equipment there safely. Our charter bus drivers also sometimes even get into the team spirit and cheer the team on.

School

From field trips to competitions, Salt Lake Express also works with high schools, colleges, and universities. Take your school group on your next educational outing through one of our charter bus rentals.

Corporate

Taking the office on a corporate retreat? Hoping to dress potential future VPs? Take everyone to that placid lake all together on the same bus. Our Gretsch Freightline M2 GM40 is well-equipped for corporate group transportation. With Salt Lake Express’ motto — “Executive Service. Always” — you know on whom you can depend.

Special events

Don’t leave us to define your reason for renting a charter bus from Salt Lake Express…no matter your special event, convention, what-have-you, we are here to serve you and your needs. When receiving a quote for your charter, let us know how we can make your experience an unforgettable one.

Charter Bus Rentals for Group Transportation - Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

We offer the best prices.

Renting a charter bus for group transportation can be expensive. It makes sense; for one rate, you’re moving a large group of people and shuttle companies need to beat their margins.

We understand the logistical need for a charter, however, and we also understand that budget is the first thing on a customer’s mind. If you wish to rent a charter through Salt Lake Express, we will give you a quote and do our best to work within your budget.


In our human desire to be and travel in groups, Salt Lake Express is making it easier to do so with our charter bus rental services.

Whether you are chartering for group transportation for work, school, sports or something else, we take your trip seriously. And with four different models of bus to choose from and several amenities to include, you can start planning your customized charter trip today.

Be sure to follow Salt Lake Express on social media to receive information on promo codes and charter services.

Things to do in St. George for Cheap

St. George, Utah is one of the best cities in the world for inexpensive activities. Outdoor activities reign supreme. Because of temperatures that average over 70 degrees seven months of the year, people are always looking for new things to do. Here’s a list of 10 inexpensive ideas of things to do in St. George.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park could have a list of ten things to do just by itself. This world-famous national park is just 45 minutes from downtown St. George. Because the whole family can experience some of the best hiking, backpacking, climbing, and biking in the world, it comes at a cost – $25 per car.

Zion National Park is a world-famous park in St. George's backyard

Pioneer Park / Dixie Rock

Similarly, Pioneer Park is 52 acres of the famous red rocks of Utah. Feel free to explore the hills and cracks, or climb up Dixie Rock for a view that overlooks St. George.

Snow Canyon State Park

If you think Zion National Park is too big, and Pioneer Park is too small, Snow Canyon State Park will be just right. With all of the same features as the other two, some people prefer Snow Canyon State Park because it’s often overlooked by the common tourist. Just 20 minutes away from St. George, Snow Canyon State Park is popular among locals.

https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/snow-canyon/

Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Because of the rapid expansion of southern Utah, the government took action in 1996. Over 60,000 acres were set aside to protect plants and animals alike. The desert tortoise, Gila monster, and other snakes and reptiles are often found here. The visitor center is open from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Gila Monsters are common in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

Chuckawalla Climbing Wall

The Chuckawalla Climbing Wall is located at the beginning of the Chuckawalla trailhead. Climbers of any skill level can climb here, making it one of the most popular climbing areas in the state.

Coyote Gulch Art Village

So, you’ve had enough of the red rocks? While that’s what most of the outdoor activities in St. George entail, there are other things to do in St. George. The Coyote Gulch Art Village is a fun place to explore and experience Utah’s Kayenta Community. The art village is open to the public and free, although the actual art is very expensive.

http://www.coyotegulchartvillage.com/

St. George Tabernacle

There’s a strong Latter-day Saint (Mormon) culture in St. George, dating back more than 150 years. A white temple stands tall in the St. George landscape. Anybody is able to walk around the grounds, but only members of the church are able to actually go inside. Because of that, many people choose to visit the St. George Tabernacle instead. The tabernacle opened over 140 years ago and is now a historic St. George building. Close to the city center, the tabernacle is a nice place to stop by to experience a little bit of the history of St. George.

Parks on every corner

St. George and neighboring cities have worked hard to make sure parks are central to the outdoor life in St. George. Families can spend a warm afternoon at any one of the many parks in the city.

Parks are found everywhere - just one of many things to do in Saint George

Events

Since it’s over 70 degrees for seven months out of the year, there’s always something going on in St. George! Click on the link below to find a month-by-month list of all of the different events going on in this busy city.

https://www.visitstgeorge.com/calendar/2017/05/

Outdoor Activities

While on this list were specific places about where to hike, backpack, climb, and mountain bike, St. George (and all of southern Utah) is your playground. Get outside, head any direction, experience the diversity of the beautiful landscape of southern Utah. There’s plenty of things to do in St. George.