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Utah - Day Off - what to do/see?

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We'll be arriving in SLC Friday night (2/5) and start skiing Sat morning. Staying in PC. Leave Sat 2/13.

I'm happy to ski 7 days in a row, but my wife is of the mind to take a day off and do something else / see some of the local sights.  Doesn't have to be strictly sedentary / touristy stuff -- for example when we were in JH a couple years ago we rented x-c skis and skied up Radio Mountain on our day off. But in Steamboat our day off consisted of soaking in the hot springs and walking the multi-use path through town.

Not knowing much about Utah, I was hoping Moab would'nt be too far from Park City and we could drive down there and do a MTB ride on our off day. No dice - looks like around a 5 hour drive from PC, so that's out.

Any suggestions on something fun / interesting to do on a day off?  I think my wife would like to go into SLC and just poke around a bit. That doesnt'  interest me too much but I have no ideas on "must-see's / do's" in the area.
post #2 of 15
Moab is over 200 miles away.  Why not head north to Snowbasin and check out the fancy bathrooms!
post #3 of 15
 There are a lot of fun things to do (like the bobsled run in Park City), but the one must see, even if you are not LDS, is Temple Square. Take the time to go in the Visitors' Center and you'll get a much better idea of what makes Utah what it is today.
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Not sure if you're a basketball guy, but the Jazz have been playing pretty great lately. They're the #4 seed in the West, and they're playing Denver (#2) on Saturday and the Lakers (#1) on Wednesday--should be two great games. Even if you're not a fan, it's a great stadium full of energy--worth a visit.
post #5 of 15
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Zman - that is exactly what my wife wants to do. Not really my thing, but I'll go along if thats what she wants and I'll enjoy it (unless it's snowing hard, then no day off!).

Joe - it is possible to get tickets on game day?  I don't watch any pro sports on TV-- really, none. Yes, I am straight. But I like to go to see our local minor league baseball and AHL team, so seeing the Jazz play the Lakers would be cool.
post #6 of 15
The Salomon Center up north a bit there's indoor skydiving that's usually a bit of a laugh. There's the IMAX 3D downtown if you haven't caught Avatar yet, and they also have a "Deep Sea-3D" movie that's fun to watch..
post #7 of 15
If you're into geneology, LDS has a center in PC where you can research your roots. I haven't been, but my wife said it was pretty cool. Also, Olympic Park. They have bobsled you can do (expensive tho) and ski museum. There is snowshoeing and snowmobiling in area as well.
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I am not Mormon but SLC is kind of like going to Rome, you should go to Temple Square, very beautiful spot. 

The Beehive House in SLC is a fascinating look into the earlier days of LDS life.  This was Joseph Smiths' home where he lived with his 37wives (silly man). 

If you have not done it before you got to try the Bobsled.  Did it in Calgary, what a rush.  Can see how those folks get hooked on that sport.

post #9 of 15
Have you been to Park City before?  Very easy to spend an afternoon just strolling the shops and eateries on the main drag there. 
post #10 of 15
Got to the www.rediguana.com/home.html and eat every kind of mole they have and drink beer all day
post #11 of 15
 Another thing to do at night if you are a hockey fan is to go watch the Grizzlies play at the E Center. The Grizzlies are an ECHL team affiliated with the Islanders. A night at a game is very reasonable especially compared to going to see an NHL game. Tickets are available at the door whenever they play (usually Fridays and Saturdays with maybe a Wednesday thrown in). Prices per seat range from $10 to $32 and they have some nights when all the tickets are $5. Parking is another $5 or $6 so the overall price is pretty reasonable.

There are also events at the U (or the Y) to include sports and other things. Plus we do have playhouses and concerts. Check out these sites:

http://www.slcgov.com/visitors/

http://www.slcgov.com/whattodo/culture.htm
post #12 of 15
I've never had a problem buying tickets last minute. Last year, I bought tickets for the Cavs/Jazz a day before without a problem, so I think it'd be easy enough to find tickets.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Zman View Post

 There are a lot of fun things to do (like the bobsled run in Park City), but the one must see, even if you are not LDS, is Temple Square. Take the time to go in the Visitors' Center and you'll get a much better idea of what makes Utah what it is today.




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I am not Mormon but SLC is kind of like going to Rome, you should go to Temple Square, very beautiful spot. 

The Beehive House in SLC is a fascinating look into the earlier days of LDS life.  This was Joseph Smiths' home where he lived with his 37wives (silly man). 

If you have not done it before you got to try the Bobsled.  Did it in Calgary, what a rush.  Can see how those folks get hooked on that sport.





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Have you been to Park City before?  Very easy to spend an afternoon just strolling the shops and eateries on the main drag there. 


Great suggestions - I will add one more - Do "lunch buffet" at Stein Eriksen Lodge - Its about $40/person lotsa goodies to eat take a couple of hrs there and then spend the rest of the afternoon walking off the lunch in Park City by visiting the tourist shops.

But Temple Square in SLC is very interesting - even for all faiths, it can be as short or as long of a tour as you want. Thursday evening's the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has open practice(lasts a couple of hrs) if you just want to relax and are into that sort of thing.
post #14 of 15
If you really want to do MTB rides Stansbury Island or Antelope Island S.P are the only trails withing a day trip form SLC that might be open and rideable depending on what the snow is doing, the trails may be muddy and not rideable. Check utahmountianbiking.com for info and conditions.

Go XC skiing. There are groomed trails in PC and others throughout the wasatch and N. Utah.

In addition to the temple Sq you can also listen to the choir sing and visit http://www.thisistheplace.org/

Visit the golden spike is in Promontory UT.

Learn about Elk. http://wildlife.utah.gov/hardwareranch

Rent Snowmobiles and ride around. 

Go ice fishing.  
post #15 of 15
We just got back from SLC....

We visited Temple Square and while interesting, we would have spent more time there if it wasn't for the ladies in long coats and holding bibles lingering.... made us a bit un-easy.... we were the only couple in the square at the time mind you!

Utah Jazz game... We caught Jazz against Phoenix.... WOW, so much energy, it blows the Flames NHL games out of the water....I dont really follow basketball but by the 4th quarter you'd think I was a lifelong Jazz fan!

Other than that I have nothing!.....  (Was too busy having fun at the Bird!)
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