Weekend Warriors: Salt Lake City

Our Weekend Warrior series helps you plan short weekend trips either away from the city or to a city, always within a few hours of the home location. For this week’s Weekend Warrior trip, we suggest a weekend stay in Utah’s own Salt Lake City. Take a short trip there anytime you want but we highly recommend Easter Weekend if you don’t have any plans.


  • The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has won an Emmy and a Grammy and have the longest running radio broadcast in the world. If you stop into town early, check out their free Thursday rehearsals at 8:30 PM each week. Otherwise, stop in Sunday morning at 9:30 AM for a free performance as the group records their radio broadcast. If you opt to visit on Easter Weekend, there will be a 7:30 PM concert by the choir on both April 22 and April 23. Tickets are required and can be purchased by calling 1-866-537-8457. More information can be found via the Church of Latter-Day Saints.

Hillside at Red Butte gardens

  • With over 18 acres of ground full of gardens and hiking trails, Red Butte Garden is a beautiful site to behold. Trails start small, with one just 0.09 miles but when you combine the distances you can enjoy a 2 1/4 mile long hike with ease. Enjoy it daily from 9 AM to 5 PM for a low fee ($8 adults/$6 children) or on extended evening hours Mondays in June and July from 6-8 PM for Family Nights. If you travel over the summer, enjoy taking in one of the concerts on-site. They’ll cost extra but where else can you listen to The Moody Blues, Sheryl Crow, or Alison Krauss this summer?


toasters deli

  • Breakfast: The Park Cafe is a breakfast and brunch spot that’s open every day with tons of food to choose from. Choose the Michigan Hash for $6.75 and get potatoes mixed with meats, veggies, cheese, and eggs. If you have more of a sweet tooth, French Toast Foolishness for $7.95 will get you 2 pieces of cinnamon french toast, 2 pieces of bacon, and 2 eggs your way.
  • Lunch: If sandwiches are your thing then you can’t beat Toaster’s in Salt Lake City. Toaster’s was voted Best in State for Sandwiches & Chips in 2010. Their not-so-secret ingredient is a splash of balsamic vinegar on the sandwiches which puts them a notch above the rest. Try the Buffalo Chicken sandwich if you want to be impressed.
  • Dinner: The Red Iguana is a festive Mexican restaurant with 2 locations in Salt Lake City. A fair warning: this place is so popular that even with 2 locations people are still lining up outside the door. I hope you like mole (not the furry kind) because with 7 mole options on the menu it has become Red Iguana’s specialty.


The Grand America Hotel

    • If you want a luxurious city stay, the Grand America Hotel is the spot to stay. It was built for the 2002 Winter Olympics and is the hottest spot in town. It’s the only 5-diamond hotel in town and its within walking distance of downtown Salt Lake City and all the dining spots. You can’t miss the Grand America Hotel as it rises 24 stories into the sky with the mountains as a backdrop. Stay over Easter weekend for $189/nt in a Premier King or 2-Queen Room or save $10/nt by booking online. Your room will have a balcony with mountain views, a marble trimmed bathroom with soaking tub, and hand-carved furniture. For an inside look at your room, check out the Pioneer Woman’s stay at the Grand America Hotel.

Springhill Suites Marriot Salt Lake City Airport breakfast buffet

  • For a cheaper, family-friendly hotel there’s the Springhill Suites Marriott-Salt Lake City Airport. Parking is free and so is the large breakfast buffet. Rooms here are spacious with a separate sitting area and desk space away from the beds. You’ll find the hotel quite charming with its futuristic decor that is just as practical as it is pretty.
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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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