Hello, hello! It’s been quite a while since I’ve created any content for my blog but I’ve had good reason! With a lot of changes happening at once, I needed to step away from content writing and focus on my daily routine. But after an adventurous business trip to Utah, I thought this would be the perfect time to share the experience!
First, I’d like to say how lucky I am to have a job that gives me the opportunity to travel. I know now everyone has the luxury and I wouldn’t either had I decided to take a job elsewhere. Second, never in my life did I think I would be able to travel out west so soon! I’m used to traveling “locally”, meaning the states that are any where from 2 to 8 hours away, sometimes more when I travel to Florida. I was excited and scared to be flying so far from home!
As I said, this was business trip, but I think we did a really great job at squeezing as much sight seeing as we could in the short time we were visiting! I put together a quaint itinerary based on the things we did and saw while we weren’t in meetings or touring the Air Force base!
Day one ~
We flew into Salt Lake City airport over the beautiful western mountains! I was stunned by how gorgeous they were, snow capped and spanning for miles and miles. I booked my tickets and hotel through our business website, but had this been a leisure trip, I would have booked my flights through Student Universe, a website for students to buy flights at a discount. I grabbed coffee (iced coffee with caramel + sugar free vanilla + soy milk) and a book while I waited for my flight to Chicago!
In the Chicago Airport, I stopped by a tea shop called Argo Tea and picked up a Green Tea Raspberry Bubble Tea! Eating healthy while traveling can be a challenging, but luckily the markets lining the walls of most airports have a refridgerator section with boxes containing fruit, cheese, and crackers. Go for clean and light snacks and know you have plenty of healthy options at the airport!
Right outside the airport, we drove to Nomad’s Eatery for lunch, a rustic/modern restaruant with delicious pizza.
We checked into our hotel at the Hampton Inn (Layton, Utah). I suggest staying at a place like the Hampton because they offer free breakfast and dinner. If you are traveling on a budget, being able to eat a couple meals for free is essential.
Before dinner, we drove around Layton where we were staying just to see our surroundings (hence the many pictures of mountains). We ate dinner at a sports bar called Stockmans Bar, Inc. While it wasn’t the most glamorous of places, the food was good and the atmosphere was laid back!
Day two ~
We got up early to attend our meetings and tour of the Hill Air Force Base and started our day with complimentary breakfast at the hotel and Starbucks (iced caramal macchiatto + soy milk).
Since we didn’t have much time, we ate at Chipotle with a mountain view. Before dinner, I got a quick workout in at the hotel gym. If you are on a business trip and can’t squeeze in a lot of you-time, I would highly recommend seeking out the hotel gym or pool to keep up with your workout routine. I also opened Youtube and did a 25 minutes cardio kick-boxing workout in my hotel room.
We met up for dinner at a place called Ruby River, a steakhouse in Salt Lake City. If you’re not a steak eater, their menu had many options to choose from outside of steak (I had the cranberry chicken salad, without the chicken with an ale recommended by the waitress).
After dinner, we went to the town of Ogden. Here you can see one of the smaller Tabernacles in the area and stop by Farr Better Ice Cream!
Day 3 ~
I started the day off with hotel breakfast and a coffee from Starbucks (iced skinny vanilla latte + caramel + soy milk)
This was probably our most eventful day. We took a sceneic drive through the mountains at Wasatch National Forest. We found a trailhead so we could take pictures without telephone poles in the way, but ten feet into the trail I saw a snake. The hike was over and we sped walked back to the car!
On the way up the mountain, we stopped at a roadside restaraunt called Brighton, but unfortunately we couldn’t just order a beer without ordering food too, so we enjoyed the scenery for a moment and then continued our way up the mountain! The coolest part of the drive was one, seeing the sky resorts and two, playing in the snow! It’s crazy that we were able to drive far enough up to wear t-shirts and play in snow at the same time!
After we left the mountains, we drove toward downtown SLC to find the biggest Tabernacle. Downtown was beautiful and not has cramped as I expected it to be. We parked on the street right outside of the gates of the Tabernacle. It. Was. Glorious. The gardens were lush and the sun was shining through the trees, making the buildings look all the more holy. While I was actively dodging the Mormon’s recruiting in the crowds, I took beautiful pictures and really enjoyed the experience.
Next (my favorite) we went to Sweetaly Gelato, supposedly one of the best places to get gelato in SLC! It certainly earned a place in my heart!
Come dinner time, I was pretty tired and didn’t want to go to another burger/steak house, so my co-worker and I went alone to a vegan/vegetarian restaraunt called Zest. I am a huge fan of places that have meat-less/organic options and that’s exactly what I found at Zest. Plus, any place that has a tea menu has a special place in my heart (try the blue tea).
Day 4 ~
Since day 4 is our last day, we grabbed a quick breakfast in the hotel and checked out by 6am. During our layover in Dallas, I got iced tea from Starbucks (strawberry hibiscus + half and half + 3 pumps of vanilla) and ate lunch at TGI Friday’s before boarding our last plane home.
I won’t deny that I shed a little tear watching the mountains drift further and further away. I’d choose the mountains over the beach any day and I felt like Utah is somewhere I would consider moving to one day.
Although this trip was 80% work, we were able to experience as much as we could in a short time and I am so happy I was able to take this trip. If you’re going on a short-lived adventure, don’t think you can’t get the most out of your time there. Plan ahead and see what you can find!
~ Shelby B.
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