Although we tend to avoid big cities as we travel, it’s occasionally nice to have a change of scenery and easy access to a variety of things. That’s when we head to Salt Lake City, also known as the Crossroads of the West.
We like to stop there because of its central location in the Western U.S., it’s not a hassle to drive around towing a fifth-wheel, and it has all the amenities of a big city without the crowded feeling. Be sure to visit these 6 places the next time you find yourself in SLC.
1. Eccles Theatre
If you can’t make it to New York City for Broadway shows, then let the shows come to you in Salt Lake City. The Eccles Theatre hosts a wide selection of Broadway shows such as the Lion King, the Sound of Music, and the Phantom of the Opera.
In addition to those larger shows, the theatre also offers a variety of other theatrical, musical, and dance performances.
2. Café Anh Hong
It’s hard to find authentic dim sum. Even in big cities, it’s hit or miss to get this delicious traditional Chinese brunch prepared in bite size portions. But Café Anh Hong is the real deal.
Make sure you order the turnip cake, pork buns, taro turnover, sesame balls, and egg custards. The restaurant is also very affordable. The only downside is the dim sum isn’t served from carts pushed around the restaurant like it’s traditionally done.
3. Backcountry.com Retail Store
Not many people know, but Backcountry.com has a retail store! Except that’s not the exciting thing about this location, which is also home to the retailer’s office. The reason why outdoor gear junkies need to set aside an entire day for Backcountry.com Retail Store is because of their massive 200,000-square-foot warehouse that’s also located on-site.
This means you can go in and pick anything off their website to see or try on in person, and then pay for it at the retail store. On second thought, maybe you should set aside two days for this visit.
4. The Leonardo
The Leonardo is a unique museum where visitors can explore the surprising ways that science, technology, art and creativity connect. The museum’s existence is inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci’s renowned willingness to follow his curiosity and his belief that art and science are intertwined. Visitors can immerse themselves in the museum’s interactive exhibits, workshops, and installations.
For full-time RVers who don’t have dental insurance, Utah is the state to go to get your annual checkups. It’s very affordable to get dental X-rays, cleaning, and exams done. Rates vary from $60-$100+ depending on which dental office you go to. Call around to find the best rates.
6. Great Salt Lake
When you’ve had too much of the city life, escape to the Great Salt Lake right on the outskirts of town. Great Salt Lake is the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere and worth the visit.
The lake and its islands provide terrific scenery and lots of recreation opportunities. The white sand beaches on Antelope Island and turquoise water make it fun for swimmers and paddlers. Birding is popular at numerous spots along the lakeshore, and there are miles of trails on Antelope and Stansbury islands for hikers and mountain bikers.
While you’re in town, stay at the Pony Express RV Resort or Salt Lake City KOA. Both are conveniently located to downtown Salt Lake City.