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
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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
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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
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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.

Globe Theater at the Shakespeare Festival

Visit the 2018 Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City

To go or not to go — is that even really a question?

The world-renowned Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City is ready to kick off another fantastic season this summer with a great lineup of plays and events, including Henry VI, Othello, The Merchant of Venice, and more. Whether you are a Shakespeare buff or not, these performances will have you swooning in your chair at the sweet sound of declarations of love, laughing out loud as Shakespeare’s wordplay tests your wit and awe and humble you as you witness the tragic downfalls of heroes pitted with human foibles. Stunning reproductions and performances are sure to leave you inspired, uplifted, and of course, entertained.

The Utah Shakespeare Festival street signs

A Festival Rich with History

The Utah Shakespeare Festival was founded with the mission of presenting life-affirming classic and contemporary plays, with Shakespeare’s work as the cornerstone. They hope these performances will entertain, enrich, and educate. And they have done just that, for over fifty years. Today, the festival attracts attention all around the country every year, as people come from far and wide to act in or watch the plays. Since its formation, the Festival has received multiple awards including the 2000 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the 2001 National Governors Association Award, a 2011 Emmy award, and many others, including Best of State in arts and entertainment.

When the Festival first began in 1962, it attracted a little over 3,000 visitors. Today, it brings in over 120,000 each season. They now have four different theaters, including the famous Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, a beautiful reconstruction based on Elizabethan-era theaters, similar to The Globe,  the theater in London Shakespeare worked in and then part-owned. Of course, some adjustments have been made to make the Engelstad Shakespearean Theatre comfortable and accessible to modern audiences. Overall, however, it is still a unique opportunity to see Shakespeare’s work in a near-authentic setting.

To learn the whole story of the festival’s formation and growth, check out this article on their website.

Performers at the Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City

Your Quick Guide to this Season’s Lineup

Not sure which play you should attend? That’s okay — we have got you covered. Here is a quick and easy guide to each play that will be performed this season.

The Greenshow – Ashton Family Greenshow Commons

June 28 – September 8, 2018

The Greenshow is Utah Shakespeare Festival’s free nightly entertainment. Lighthearted song and dance serve as the festival’s nightly welcome to help guests get in the spirit of theater before they enter the play. There are three different shows, which are presented on alternating nights. The show often includes singing, magic, dance, and lots of fun.

Henry VI Part One

June 29 – September 6, 2018 – Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

Henry V has died, leaving his son to be crowned king. With war raging in France, various factions vying for power in England, and approaching civil war, Shakespeare weaves together this seldom-told piece of history into a stunning tale of political intrigue.

Othello

June 28 – October 13, 2018 – Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

Shakespeare’s Othello is a powerfully tragic story of passion and anguish. It is a fast-paced, devastating tale of how jealousy and fear can unravel the most intelligent minds and purest loves. It’s the story of a Venetian general who secretly marries the beautiful Desdemona. Iago, spiteful and jealous of Othello, is led to believe that Othello has had an affair with his wife. Iago’s anger transforms into a nefarious plot to get revenge on Othello.

Crowd at the Shakespeare Festival

The Merry Wives of Windsor

June 28 – September 8, 2018 – Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

The Merry Wives of Windsor is one of Shakespeare’s most well-known comedies. It is the story of a quirky old man, Falstaff, who has his lusty eyes on a couple of middle-class housewives. These women, however, will not easily let Falstaff get the better of them, and their wit ultimately gets the better of him. This play is lighthearted and fun.

The Foreigner

June 29 – October 13, 2018 – Randall L. Jones Theatre

Written by Larry Shue, the Foreigner is a comedy about Charlie, a vacationer seeking solitude at a Georgia hunting lodge. To avoid having to interact with the other guests, he pretends to be a foreigner who doesn’t understand English. However, he soon witnesses bizarre schemes by people who think he can’t understand a word they say, leading to confusion and non-stop hilarity that set up one of the funniest endings in all of theater.

Big River

June 30 – September 1, 2018 – Randall L. Jones Theatre

From a book by William Hauptman, adapted from a novel by Mark Twain, gives us another look into the adventures of the beloved classic-American character Huck Finn as he tries to help his friend Jim escape slavery. Featuring original lyrics and music by Roger Miller, audience members describe this play as hilarious, suspenseful, and heartwarming.

Dancers at the Shakespeare Festival

The Merchant of Venice

June 30 – September 7, 2018 – Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre

This play is often described as a comedy, and yet, throughout the years, we have begun to call attention to many of the deep-rooted themes Shakespeare wove throughout this play.  When Antonio, a wealthy Venetian merchant, borrows money to help his dear friend Bassanio pursue love, things turn south when the moneylender learns that Antonio may not be able to make good on his bond. The Merchant of Venice is as much a suspenseful tragedy as it is a heartwarming romance-comedy. It is a story of racism, revenge, love, humor, greed, justice and mercy.

An Iliad

July 12 – October 9, 2018 – Randall L. Jones Theatre

This play is a modern retelling of the ancient classic, written by By Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare. An Iliad is the tale of the events following the Trojan war, sung by the Poet, who witnessed it all.

Pearl’s in the House

August 23 – October 13, 2018 – Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

Workshopped at the Festival in 2017, this musical play focuses on Pearl Bailey, performer and special delegate to the United Nations in a racially-charged mid-twentieth century America. Bailey was a trailblazer for African-American women, yet a talk-show host in 1987 questions many of her motives. So Bailey responds the only way she knows how—through her music.

The Liar

September 14 – October 13, 2018 – Randall L. Jones Theatre

In this play by David Ives, the charming Dorante cannot tell the truth, and his manservant Cliton cannot tell a lie. From this simple premise springs one of the Western world’s greatest comedies, a spirited seventeenth-century French farce brilliantly adapted for today, complete with mistaken lovers, suspicious fathers, sparkling romance, frothy comedy, and an abundance of breathtakingly intricate “alternative facts.”

Crowd shot at Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah

Plan your trip to Cedar City

With so many different plays to choose from, from a variety of Shakespearean classics to modern comedies and dramas, the Utah Shakespeare Festival has something for anyone to enjoy. Tickets fill up fast, so now is the time to plan your trip to Cedar City!

Guide on What To Pack for Spring Break

Are you heading somewhere warm and sunny for spring break? Or are you going to head up to the mountains and take advantage of the late winter? Either way, we have a spring break packing list for you!

Spring break is a much-needed vacation in the middle of your busy semester. Typically it’s full of fun and adventure with your college friends so that you can make memories and take a much-needed break from school! If you are still looking for somewhere to go check out our blog post about taking a trip from Cedar City to Vegas.

Spring break accessories

Accessories (No matter where you go)

Snacks – You shouldn’t go anywhere without some snacks packed. These would be great for while you travel and when you get there.

Camera – Spring break is all about making memories so be sure to have a way to document them. This could be your phone or if you have a camera, bring it!

Phone charger – I’ll admit that I have forgotten this more than once. Don’t forget to pack your phone charger because nothing is worse than having to borrow someone else’s the whole time.

Sunscreen – We know that you are going lay out and tan. Be smart and pack some sunscreen so you don’t burn. Even if you are going somewhere in the mountains you can burn easily. If there is snow it reflects the UV rays and you will burn. The higher altitude also makes it easier to burn so if you are going out be sure to put some on.

Passport – If you are lucky you will need this. Be sure to remember it and have it somewhere safe when you get there!

Cash – We know that you don’t carry cash anymore with Apple Pay and your cards but you should bring some cash. These make it easy to tip, pay for small items, and are especially helpful when traveling out of the country.

Book – Bring a good book to keep you entertained in those not-so-entertaining moments of the trip. It’s so nice when you’re at the beach or pool or sitting in a cabin.

Headphones – Even though spring break is all about hanging out with your friends be sure to pack some headphones so you can listen to music.

Spring break for warm weather

Warm Weather

Swimsuit – This is a MUST! Most likely if you are headed somewhere warm there will be pools, hot tubs and if you are lucky, the ocean.

Hat – Don’t let your head burn. Too many times this item of clothing is forgotten and trust me, you’ll want it. Bring a hat.

Sunglasses – Everyone needs a pair of sunglasses. Not only are these useful for the warm weather but you can use them as an accessory too.

Shorts – You’re gone for a week so be sure to bring at least 2-3 pairs of shorts. Try to mix it up a little so you have some for every outfit. I would suggest one pair of jean shorts, one pair of black or white shorts and another of your choice.

T-shirt – Bring some t-shirts! You can make these casual shirts look cute with shorts and if you like you could tie a knot on the bottom to add something extra to your t-shirt.

Pants – It’s a good idea to have AT LEAST one pair of pants in case it gets cold in the evening or you are going somewhere nice.

Dresses (for the ladies out there) – Spring break wouldn’t be complete without some cute dresses. Try finding one that’s versatile for both a day out and a night out on the town with your friends. Maxi dresses look especially cute if you are headed somewhere near the beach.

Nice shirt – Bring one or two nice shirts for events or dinner. I would recommend a short-sleeved button-up for the guys or polo and a blouse for the girls.

Sandals – Let’s face it, flip flops can be comfy but there’s something about sandals. Bring both! Don’t forget that spring break usually involves some sort of walking.

Toiletries – Of course bring all necessary toiletries! Try to go through your morning routine to make sure you remember everything. If you are heading somewhere sandy I would also recommend some baby powder. After sitting in the sand throw some baby powder on and rub the sand off. It takes it off super easily and makes it hurt less.

Work out clothes – Bring a pair of work out clothes so you can get your sweat on for a while. It could also be fun to take a class with your friends.

Spring break for cold weather

Cold Weather

Scarf – No matter who you are, a scarf is a good idea. Stay warm and enjoy your break!

Sweats – Bring your favorite pair of sweats.

Pants – You’re going to want a few pairs of pants! Try bringing one nice pair in case you go out or have an event. The other pants can be jeans and if you are going in the snow, bring snow pants.

Long-sleeved shirts – It’s cold so be sure to pack some warm clothes! I would recommend bringing clothes that you can layer if needed. For example, you could have a white long-sleeved shirt and layer with a flannel if needed. Thermals are also a great option to stay warm!

Slippers – If you are going to be around the cabin or hotel and it’s cold outside, it’s so nice to have some slippers.

Jacket – Bring a good jacket with you! Check the weather before you go. If there is snow be sure to bring a winter snow coat. Remember that the higher the altitude the colder it will be and feel. 70 degrees with clouds feels colder than 70 degrees with the sun out.

Games – Bring some card games or your other favorite games for the nights or days where you are just hanging out.

Beanie – This is so important! Having a comfy warm beanie will change the trip for you!

Sunglasses – If you are planning on going outside at all during your trip bring some sunglasses. They are especially helpful in the snow so your eyes don’t get burned.

Boots – Bring a good pair of boots. Not fashion boots, but real boots. Trekking in the snow is so much better with some winter snow boots.

Socks – If you are heading somewhere in the mountains that has snow or is just cold I would recommend some wool socks. If those aren’t your thing at least bring some tall socks or thick socks that will keep you warm.

Toiletries – Of course bring all your needed toiletries! Try to go through your morning routine to make sure you remember everything.

Have fun and enjoy your break from school!

What to do in Las Vegas

What To Do in Las Vegas This Summer

Vegas is place full of activities for anyone who visits. If you’re traveling to Vegas soon and can’t seem to decide what to do, let us help you! Consider some of the fun ideas we’ve listed. Check out our list of what to do in Vegas!


FlowRider Wave Machine – Planet Hollywood

If you’ve always wanted to surf but have never had the chance, the FlowRider Wave Machine is a great activity for you to try. Come and test your skills and see if you were meant to be a surfer. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, the FlowRider will help you sharpen your surfing skills. If you’re afraid of wiping out, don’t be. The FlowRider is designed to absorb the energy of any impact. The FlowRider will $25 for 30 minutes of riding the waves! This is only one of the great activities on our list of what to do in Vegas.

The Adventuredome at Circus Circus

The Adventuredome has 5 acres of fun for you to enjoy! There’s a variety of rides for you to choose from. Miniature golf, arcades games, roller coasters, and bumper cars are just a few fun options for you here. You’ll never get bored with so many rides to choose from. You have the option to buy passes for individual rides, or to buy an all day pass to get the best value out of your visit.

Ziplining in Bootleg Canyon

If you’re looking for something to do away from the strip, try ziplining at Flightlinez in Bootleg Canyon. If you’re a thrill seeker or are looking for a new adventure, Flightlinez can provide it for you. You’ll be ziplining at speeds of 60+ mph! There are 4 different runs you’ll complete, covering over 1.5 miles. Zipline over the Red Mountains in Boulder City and enjoy the beautiful scenery while experiencing a thrill.

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Ever wonder what Vegas looks like from up above? Here’s another great activity if you’re still wondering what to do in Vegas. Vegas Balloon Rides will take you up, up, and away! A hot air balloon ride is great for a birthday, anniversary, or checking it off your bucket list. Come and see the beautiful scenery of Vegas in a way you’ve never seen it before.

Visit M&M World

Calling all M&M lovers! Vegas is home to one of the few M&M World locations. This is a 28,000 square foot, four story building full of your favorite sweets. You can make your own personalized M&M! It’s open from 9AM to Midnight every day, giving you all the time you need to get your candy fill. Go check out M&M world and experience the new interactive and hands on experience.


Now that you’ve got some great ideas for what to do in Vegas, go have fun! Try out some of these fun ideas during your Vegas stay. Don’t want to drive to Vegas? Travel with Salt Lake Express. Let the Salt Lake Express take you to Vegas so you can enjoy your trip!

Things to do in Provo

5 Fun Things To Do in Provo this Weekend

Looking for some fun things to do in Provo this weekend? There are plenty of activities you can do even in this cold weather! Here is a list of 5 things to do in Provo!

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls has quite the reputation! Located up Provo Canyon, it is a 600 feet tall waterfall and during the winter it has some of the best ice climbing in the US. This waterfall can be visited easily any time of the year. The hike to Bridal Veil Falls is very pleasant, and children love it!

The Shop at Riverwoods

The Shops at Riverwoods is Utah’s premier gathering locations for the best shopping and dining! See a movie, have dinner, and go on a shopping spree! The Shops at Riverwoods are located in a unique riverfront environment. This place will provide you with hours of entertainment!

Peaks Ice Arena

The Peaks Ice Arena is a year-round family recreation facility at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains! The Peaks is home to many different sports, as well as Public Skating. It also houses 2 indoor turf fields utilized for soccer, lacrosse, rugby and ultimate frisbee.

Provo Beach

Provo Beach is a one-of-a-kind facility, with more than 50,000 square-feet of attractions and entertainment.  If you are looking for a place to have a good time indoors look no further! Provo Beach works every day to bring high-quality attractions, food, and fun to Utah!

Swig

Whether you need a bit of caffeine or a small treat, Swig has you covered. One of the new fun things to do in Provo is Swig n Sweets! The location is right in downtown Provo and their prices are low! Also, their sugar cookies and Dirty Diet Coke are out of this world!

Things to do in Boise this weekend

5 Fun Things To Do in Boise this President’s Day Weekend

Did you know that Salt Lake Express offers several daily trips to and from Boise? Although Salt Lake Express is known for its popular routes to and through Utah, Idahoans can enjoy the beautiful western half of the state. Plus, there are plenty of entertaining things to do in Boise.

Here is our list of 5 fun things to do in Boise this President’s Day Weekend!

The Village at Meridian

The Village at Meridian offers a lot for those who want a festive and bustling environment. Intricate buildings, music, lights and fountain water shows are a few things that you can expect when you visit The Village. Visitors can dine in fancy restaurants, ice skate, shop, go to a movie, or just hang out! This Boise hot spot is a fun place for friends and family.

Guru Donuts

Guru Donuts has quickly become one of the most popular bakery spots in Boise. This delicious Boise favorite makes homemade doughnuts using local flour from scratch daily. They create fancy flavors such as pumpkin, root beer, and “hipsterberry”!

Bogus Basin

Skiing, Fat Biking, Snowshoeing, Tubing, the list goes on and on! Bogus Basin offers every kind of mountain activity you could ever want! Located 16 miles north of Boise, this association provides you with mountain recreation you will remember. This is the perfect place to embrace winter and enjoy the great outdoors.

Jump Time Idaho

If winter weather isn’t your thing come to Idaho’s premier indoor trampoline park! With over 14,000 square feet of trampolines and games Jump Time Idaho is the place to be. From young kids to adults, everyone can have a good time!

Aquarium of Boise

The Aquarium of Boise is the only place of its kind in Idaho. It is an interactive aquarium where children and adults can touch, feed, and learn about each individual animal. Come and be a part of the Idaho Aquarium family, explore the ocean with your own hands, and leave with the greatest memories!