Trip Report

Road trip from L.A ., to Salt Lake City

Quick trip with my cousin!

by arianaclarkAbout Me:I am a 20 year old college student who took time off from the 2020-2021 school year to escape online classes and hopefully travel safely! I love to cook/bake, eat, dance, and practice my coding skills! read more

North AmericaUnited States29 days / November 2020

Highs & Lows

Driving on the Bonneville Salt Flats!

The campsite we wanted to stay at was all full and we couldn't make reservations

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have left time to stop at both Zion national park and Bryce Canyon in Utah to go for some hikes or even stay over a night. The parks are so gorgeous and although camping would have been cold, I think with the right equipment we could have made it work. It also breaks up the Utah drive which can be kind of boring before you hit the mountains.

  • How was the food?

    LA: Go to the original In-N-Out in Baldwin Park California! SLC: THE VERTICAL DINER, a totally vegan restaurant with a cool old school diner vibe, and amazing food Park City: Ritual Chocolate for Hot Chocolate, we also got some chocolate to bring home (kind of pricey) but so great with some whipped cream on a cold day

  • Packing tips?

    If doing a drive from California to Utah, which can be done in one day, remember that you will be going through drastic temperature changes so pack layers!! I left LA in a t-shirt and got to Utah the next day while it was snowing. Sweaters, long underwear, hats, etc. are all necessary for travel in October - April.

  • Transportation Tips?

    If you're ever traveling in LA, especially during the pandemic, a car is sadly very important if you want to see everything, however many people get away with a bike! I biked from Santa Monica to Beverly Hills and the bike path was generally easy and safe. There are Ubers and public transportation but they can be expensive and unclean respectively.

  • Booking details?

    During late October and early November, most campsites become first come first serve which means you can't make reservations and just have to show up and hope there's a spot, to make it most likely you'll get one, get to the camping site early in the day (before 10am) and try to plan for a week day, Saturday is the worst day to find an open spot. If you really want to camp somewhere, consider finding a nearby campsite where you can make a reservation as a backup.

Lodging

  • My aunt and uncles home in Beverly Hills

  • Four Seasons Hotel, super clean and safe, the hotel is attached to a casino but has its own entrance which makes it great for anyone under 21, with children, or just looking to avoid casinos.

  • Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, we stayed here because it was right across the street from Ballet West (where my friend dances) and it was dog friendly! The hotel had a nice old school vibe and a good location