Planning For Your Road Trip With Salt Lake Express

Must-Haves for Every Road Trip Warrior

I’m something of a cross country, road trip traveler! I actually grew up in the back of a seven-passenger vehicle driving across the country for most of my life. And I know that there is a lot to remember when you’re planning a trip. After spending days and even weeks at a time driving in a car, I’ve become somewhat of a professional traveler. Which might help you out with your next trip on Salt Lake Express. The principles of cross country travel remain the same regardless of what vehicle you’re in. Here are some of the things I do to make my trips more comfortable.

Nutrition

healthy snacks on a road trip

Food and water come first in any travel situation. After long hours in close conditions, we all get understandably tired and hungry. Which is why you need to pack snacks and water beforehand. Salt Lake Express stops every few hours to fuel up, but you can’t rely on these stops alone. Most people will be in a rush for the bathroom during these stops. You don’t want to hold up the bus because you were trying to buy a gas station sandwich. I suggest you take a look at how long your trip will last and then pack enough snacks for at least two-thirds of the meals you’d usually have during that time. Also bring a medium sized refillable water bottle.

In addition, try to pack light and with easily disposable packaging so you’ll have more room in your carry-on after you eat. If you’re planning on taking a flight, make sure you eat all of your food before you leave the bus. You wouldn’t want to waste anything.

Comfort

The next tip I have for you involves maximizing your comfort throughout the trip. Make sure to wear travel clothes. These should be your most comfortable pair of clothes that are appropriate for the weather you are traveling in. Many of you will want a neck pillow to help you sleep sitting up right. I’ve never been able to sleep while traveling, but I’d suggest you bring one if you plan on getting some rest. For the men out there, take your wallet and phone out of your back pockets and store them either in your carry on or coat pocket. You’ll be sitting down for a long period of time and that wallet becomes death in your pocket after two hours! That small change will make the biggest difference in your comfort level.

Pack Light

Packing light increases your chances of being comfortable. Try to only pack one suitcase with all the essential clothes and toiletries you’ll need. You should have one pair of clothes for every day of your trip. But for a longer trip, try planning on doing laundry. For a long trip pack;

  • Four shirts, two regular and two formal
  • Three pairs of pants or bottoms, 2 casual and 1 formal
  • Two pairs of shoes (formal and non-formal)
  • Four pairs of socks
  • Underwear
  • Toiletries

All you need should be able to fit into a small to medium sized suitcase. Then bring a backpack or carry-on bag with the other essentials;

  • Food and water
  • One extra pair of clothes
  • Charger
  • Laptop
  • Headphones
  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • Pocket money
  • Phone

Fit these into your backpack as best you can. I suggest rolling the clothes into a bundle at the base of your backpack. And that is how you properly plan for your upcoming road trip. And don’t forget to frequently check saltlakeexpress.com for surprise sales and other promotional deals. You can also subscribe to our email where we regularly send out stellar discounts!

Overlooking St. George from the red mountains on the edge of town.

Reasons To Visit Utah In The Fall

Visit Utah

Fall is one of the best seasons of the year. The trees change color and people pack every month with festivals and attractions! Here at Salt Lake Express we want to keep you up to date on everything our destinations have to offer. And boy does Utah have a lot to offer during the fall! Check out Salt Lake Express to book a trip to these events! Let us show you just a few reasons to visit Utah in fall 2021.

Oktoberfest  – Snowbird

Dancers at the Shakespeare Festival

Located up at the Snowbird Mountain Resort outside of Salt Lake, the Oktoberfest celebration is one of the most anticipated things about autumn. This traveling cultural festival livens up the first month of fall! The family friendly celebration includes traditional food, games, drinks and activities. Admission is free, making this one of the best things to do in Utah on a budget.

Nature Hills Harvest Festival – Cedar City

Nature Hills annual harvest festival has arrived. It doesn’t get much better than picking a fresh pumpkin and sipping apple cider in Autumn. And Nature Hills sure takes the metaphorical pumpkin cake this time of year. Admission is at a low 5 dollars and the farm has enough activities to fill a whole day. Stop by on your next trip to Cedar City and take a hayride, pick a pumpkin, or stop by the harvest store for their original pumpkin spice hot cocoa!

Field Of Screams – St. George

Try testing your courage this fall at the field of screams! This haunted attraction takes it above and beyond. The Field of Screams has been voted Utah’s number one haunted attraction. With realistic props, special effects and costumes, the Field of Screams is a walking nightmare. This corn maze is a must go for any Halloween enthusiast! But we suggest not taking any small children. Stop by next time you travel to St. George. If you Dare!

Comedy Performances – Salt Lake

Fall shows provide a way out of the cold and an escape for a few hours, and Salt Lake packs these shows in at the end of the year. Most local comedians have been itching to perform and several clubs have reopened. The comedy scene in Salt Lake is livelier than ever with contests and performances! They don’t limit themselves to local performers either. Clubs in Salt lake plan to host national comedians such as Cameron Esposito, David Spade, Jeff Allen, and Kristina Kuzmic, through the end of the year. Swing on by on your next trip to Salt Lake!

Temple Lights – Salt Lake City

Residents of Utah know that the last day of November marks the start of Christmas lights in Salt Lake City. The LDS temple in Salt Lake is famous for its Christmas lights at this time of year. The light display can be seen throughout the whole city and are lit every night till Christmas 2021. Cross country travelers often go out of their way to make sure they catch a glimpse of the beautiful displays and feel the Christmas spirit. It has to be a stop on your winter trip to Salt Lake. Make sure to bring a cup of cocoa, it does get cold.

Skiing – Various locations

People around the country know Utah for it’s amazing powder snow and ski resorts! People travel far and wide for their ski trips and to drift down that fresh powder. These early months of mid November through December provide some of the best skiing weather! But, most locations get booked incredibly early. So don’t wait, Salt Lake Express can provide you transportation to your destination in Utah. Plan your ski vacation on your next visit to Utah!

Salt Lake Express Best of Pocatello Award

Salt Lake Express Receives 2020 Best of Pocatello Award

We are pleased to announce that Salt Lake Express has received the 2020 Best of Pocatello Award in the Bus Travel category! This is a great honor and we’re very proud to be a business that contributes to the local economy of Pocatello and southeast Idaho.

Salt Lake Express Best of Pocatello Award 2020

Read the official press release below or at this link.

Official Pocatello Press Release

Salt Lake Express Receives 2020 Best of Pocatello Award.

POCATELLO — Salt Lake Express has been selected for the 2020 Best of Pocatello Award in the Bus Travel category by the Pocatello Award Program.

Each year, the Pocatello Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Pocatello area a great place to live, work, and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 Pocatello Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Pocatello Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About the Pocatello Award Program: The Pocatello Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Pocatello area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Pocatello Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

For more information, contact the Pocatello Award Program by email at PublicRelations@company-advisory.org or visit http://www.company-advisory.org.

What This Award Means To You

This award means that we’re continuing to improve our service to our riders and the communities we operate in. We are constantly striving to be the best shuttle service and this is a step in the right direction. The better we treat our employees and business partners, the better we can serve our number one priority: you.

Our riders are the absolute lifeblood of what we do. Whether it’s providing more daily routes to a destination or offering lower fares, we try to be there for you. Because at the end of the day, we know what it’s like to arrive at the airport with no ride. We know how convenient it is to be able to work (or relax) while you travel. We know what it means to depend on a company to get you from point A to point B.

This award means that we are going to keep on getting better. Not just in Pocatello, but from Great Falls, MT all the way to Las Vegas, NV. From Boise, ID to Salt Lake City, UT. This award means that when you ride with Salt Lake Express or St. George Express, you’re riding with a company that’s trusted by the communities it serves.

Salt Lake Express Best of Pocatello Award 2020 Bus

Ride With Salt Lake Express

To celebrate, use the code “express5” at checkout to get $5 off your next ride when you ride with us. We’re so proud of our company, our employees, our drivers, and most of all, our riders. Thank you for staying loyal and supporting us as we continue to provide shuttles around the rocky mountain west.

Visit saltlakeexpress.com or stgeorgeexpress.com today to see if you can snag one of our $19 fares for your next trip. And as always, we appreciate your feedback. Let us know how we can continue to improve! Thank you!

St. George Express Bryce Canyon National Park

The A-Z of Traveling with the Salt Lake Express

The A-Z of Traveling Up & Down the I-15 Corridor

Travel like a pro with our A-Z guide for trekking west with the Salt Lake Express. As we share our A-Z of traveling list, think of your own and what you might do differently and feel free to let us know!

A: All-Inclusive

Gone are the days without extra legroom and drop-offs right at your door. The Salt Lake Express has countless perks – check out some of the best right here! It’s the perfect way to kick off our A-Z of traveling with us!

B: Beaver Dam, AZ

Beaver Dam, one of our stops in Arizona, may not seem like party central at first. However, if casinos are your thing, Beaver Dam is just 17 minutes away from the Nevada border! It’s also only a 37 minute drive away from St. George, Utah. Check out inexpensive things to do in St. George here.

C: Cedar City, UT

Next on the list, we’re headed to southwest Utah! Cedar City has plenty to offer – not only is it close to Zion National Park (only 34 miles away!), but it also boasts other fabulous outdoor opportunities, such as Cedar Breaks National Monument and Dixie National Forest.

D: Darby Canyon, WY

Darby Canyon sits on the border of Idaho and Wyoming, and is only approximately 1 – 1.5 hours away from our stops in Rexburg, ID and Jackson, WY, respectively. Whether you’re headed out to hike the trailhead or explore the wind caves, stopping at Darby Canyon if you’re staying in either state is a must.

E: Emigration Canyon, UT

If you ever wonder where exactly Brigham Young famously declared, “This is the place,” then Emigration Canyon is the spot for you. If you’re stopping in Salt Lake City, Emigration Canyon houses the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, perfect for hiking or biking, as well as a couple of local places to eat, such as Ruth’s Diner.

F: Falls, as in Great Falls, MT

Great Falls, our northernmost stop here at the Salt Lake Express, has much to offer with multiple heritage museums, hundreds of local restaurants, and over 57 parks. It’s the perfect blend of big city excitement and small town charm.

G: Grand Teton National Park, WY

The A-Z of Traveling with the Salt Lake Express - GTNP

Hop off at our stop in Jackson, Wyoming, and head over to Grand Teton National Park! Teeming with alpine views, crystal lakes, and adventurous animals, it’s definitely a sight to see.

H: Helena, MT

Next stop on our list is Helena, Montana! Did you know there’s a gorgeous European-style cathedral right in the city? You’ve also GOT to check out the Gates of the Mountains wildlife area. It showcases some of the most beautiful views Montana has to offer.

I: Island Park, ID

You haven’t really been to Idaho until you’ve been to Island Park. If you love the outdoors, Island Park is the Salt Lake Express stop for you, with access to so many mountains, lakes, springs, and more.

J: Jerome, AZ

Say hello to the nation’s largest ghost town, just half a day’s trip from our stop in Page, AZ. Once known as “America’s Wickedest City,” Jerome once boomed as a mining camp in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Once the mines closed in the 1950’s, Jerome’s population became virtually nonexistent – however, it’s now a thriving tourist hub with plenty to see.

K: Kodachrome Basin State Park, UT

Kodachrome Basin State Park, named after one of the first color films developed in the 1930s. And rightfully so – the park is bursting with color! Seeing those red rock formations contrast against a brilliant blue sky will leave you speechless.

L: Las Vegas, NV

The A-Z of Traveling with the Salt Lake Express - Las Vegas

Las Vegas is one of our most popular stops here at the Salt Lake Express. It’s most popular tourist spots seem to span the entire city, with plenty of nightlife, gambling, and faux world attractions covering the entire surrounding areas.

We have also added a direct stop at the Las Vegas LDS Temple to accommodate patrons while the LDS temple in St. George is closed until 2022.

M: Montana

The A-Z of Traveling with the Salt Lake Express - Montana

We love Montana! From stops in Dillon, Butte, Helena, Great Falls, and more, we have I-15 covered. The state is home to seven state forests and 53 state parks – talk about adventure!

N: National Parks

What’s better than a shuttle service that takes you straight to the great outdoors? Here at Salt Lake Express, we stop at three national parks, of which are Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Zion National Park.

O: Ogden, UT

If we had to pick one word to describe Ogden, it would be eclectic. Ogden’s got rock climbing, a dinosaur park, indoor water sports, axe-throwing, a trampoline park, and so much more. Check out all the entertainment that Ogden has to offer right here.

P: Lake Powell, UT

Did you know that Lake Powell is not technically a lake? It’s a reservoir located in southern Utah! While it’s a little further out from our stops than some of the other locations on this list, we definitely recommend visiting at least once – there’s tons to do, like boating, hiking, fishing, and camping.

Q: Quail Creek State Park, UT

Quail Creek State Park, located in southern Utah, is a short 20-minute drive from St. George and boasts some of the state’s warmest waters. Learn more about it here.

R: Rainbow Rocks, Nevada

The A-Z of Traveling with the Salt Lake Express - Rainbow Rocks

Okay, we had to get a little creative with this one. We’re actually talking about the Seven Magic Mountains, a desert art installation that features rock towers painted in a myriad of beautiful colors! It’s only 10 miles south of Las Vegas, and is scheduled to be available on view through the end of 2021.

S: St. George Express

Did you know we also operate another shuttle service? The St. George Express has fares as low as $19, and travels to Nevada and southern Utah! Currently, we have stops in Beaver, Cedar City, St. George, and Hurricane for Utah. We also have stops in Mesquite and Las Vegas for Nevada.

T: Twin Falls, ID

Twin Falls hosts Shoshone Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the United States! It’s taller than Niagara Falls, which is probably why it’s called the “Niagara of the west.” While you’re at it, check out these awesome attractions and trails in the area!

U: Utah State University

At the heart of our stop in Logan is Utah State University, the “fifth best public university in the nation,” according to their website. Know someone who’s applying for college? Stop in Logan and take a tour of USU!

V: Virgin River, Utah

Much of the Virgin River runs through Zion National Park, so if you’re headed that way, make sure to hike through the Narrows and feel the water splash your feet!

W: Wasatch Mountains

The Wasatch Mountain Range is one of Utah’s defining characteristics. Cities in the Wasatch area are sprawling with beautiful canyons, exclusive ski resorts, world-class golf, and more. Start planning your trip right here, right now.

X: Cross something off your bucket list!

See what we did there? With the Salt Lake Express, you have easy access to hundreds of beautiful destinations across the west. Plan a trip. Make it happen. We’ll take you there!

Y: Yellowstone National Park

Did you know that Yellowstone is the world’s first national park? Amazing! National Geographic has much to praise about it. Yellowstone’s most popular (and most accessible!) months are between April and September. Plan your trip today!

Z: Zion National Park

The A-Z of Traveling with the Salt Lake Express - ZNP

There’s a reason that “Z” on our list of A-Z of traveling is Zion. Get ready for the most spectacular views of your life at Utah’s first national park. Check out our blog post about six things you HAVE to do when visiting Zion.

There you have it, the A-Z of traveling with Salt Lake Express! We hope that many of you will treat this like a bucket list of sorts as you continue to travel with us in the future!

St George Express is helping you elevate your bus travel experience

How to Elevate Your Bus Travel Experience

Unfortunately, trying to survive the ride to school and back is the only sort of bus travel many people are familiar with. Fortunately, 1985 is long behind us, and whether or not you have a lunchbox no longer determines how many times you’ll get hit in the back of the head by a bully who just discovered spitballs.

Even though we’ve all grown up a little, there are still some quick to-dos to ensure you avoid any unnecessary discomfort when riding the bus. Check out our list of ways to elevate your bus travel experience.

Hand sanitizer

Let’s be honest, other people can be disgusting. Most long-distance bus travel companies provide travelers with multiple opportunities to use the restroom, but may you want to clean up sooner than later.  If you accidentally touch some “ABC” bubblegum under the seat, a travel size bottle of hand sanitizer can be a lifesaver in an otherwise sticky situation.

Snacks

We all get the munchies from time to time. Remembering to bring a bag of chips or a chocolate bar can help soothe that sweet tooth or put off the tummy-grumbles until you reach your final destination.

Tablet (Laptop)

Sometimes looking out the window is all the entertainment you need, but it helps to have other options on long bus rides. Prepping a tablet or laptop with your favorite eBooks, podcasts, TV shows or movies can help you pass the time when you grow tired of looking at corn fields.

Neck pillow

Despite the efforts of everyone at St. George Express, bus travel isn’t always the most comfortable experience. Bringing a travel size pillow can give you just enough cushion to sleep through the entire trip or take a quick power nap.

Battery charger

Most bus travel companies like St. George Express have individual charging outlets on each bus, but bringing a personal battery charger is a smart backup plan. If you’re expecting an important phone call or need to make sure you’re fully charged for your entire trip, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Sweatshirt (blanket)

You never really know if the temperature on the bus will be too hot or too cold. Speaking to the driver of the bus can be a solution but packing a lightweight blanket or a sweatshirt you can quickly throw on will help keep you comfortable if it’s a little chilly on board.

Travel Bag

Last but certainly not least, the one thing that will let you bring all the other things with you. A backpack or travel bag is the perfect way to pack your snacks, tablet, blanket and hand sanitizer, while still keeping your hands free.

You want your trip to go smoothly, and so do we. St. George Express does everything we can to make your experience as positive as possible, but remembering some small personal items can make all the difference.