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       WEEKEND GETAWAYS - Friday, May 23, 2008
    Make The Most Of Your Vacation - From Coast to Coast!


Greetings Getaway Lover,

Welcome to the beginning of a long weekend. Here's 
wishing you all a safe and happy holiday! Have a 
Good One! Today, since it is the beginning of a four 
day weekend, Thought we would go to Salt Lake City, 
Utah.

Happy Trails,
Jan

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--DESTINATION: Salt Lake City, Utah

Nestled at the foot of the rugged Wasatch mountains and 
extending to the south shore of the body of water for 
which it's named, Salt Lake City features one of the most 
scenic backdrops in the country. As the capital of 
progress-minded Utah, it is emerging as a prominent 
population and economic center of the Rocky Mountains. 
Within the last decade, the number of people living in the 
Salt Lake Valley has climbed to more than 800,000. As a 
reflection of this growth, a small but dynamic skyline has 
sprouted, along with ever-widening rings of suburbia. Smog 
occasionally bedevils the town, and crime is on the upswing, 
but for all intents and purposes, Salt Lake maintains the 
charm of a small, personable city. It is still an easy 
place to get around, and its residents are as down-to-earth 
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--WHAT TO DO AND SEE:

Bingham Canyon Copper Mine 
 
Mine, Airport and Greater Salt Lake Valley 
 
Depending on your point of view, the Bingham Copper Mine 
is either a marvel of human engineering or simply a great 
big eyesore. This enormous open-pit mine measures nearly 
2½ mi across and ¾ mi deep -- the result of removing 5 
billion tons of rock. Since operations began nearly 90 
years ago by the Kennecott Utah Copper company, more than 
12 million tons of copper have been produced. You can 
view the mine from an overlook, but be sure to check on 
hours before making the 22-mi trip here (take I-15 to the 
7200 South Street exit; drive south to 7800 South Street, 
then west to Route 48, which leads to the mine). At the 
visitor center, exhibits and multimedia presentations 
explain the history and present-day operation of the mine. 
Outside, trucks the size of dinosaurs, and cranes as tall 
as apartment buildings continue to reshape the mountain. 
www.kennecott.com/SD_visitors_center.html. COST: $4 per 
vehicle. OPEN: Apr.-Oct., daily 8-8. 

Address: Rte. 48, Copperton, UT, USA
Phone: 801/252-3234

 
Children's Museum of Utah 
Museum/Gallery, Capitol Hill 
 
The museum's goal is to "create the love of learning 
through hands-on experience," and that's exactly what 
it does. Children can pilot a jetliner, draw with 
computers, dig for mammoth bones, or lose themselves 
in the many other interactive exhibits. Admission is 
free on Friday after 5 PM. The Children's Museum is 
moving to a larger building in the Gateway Center 
downtown in 2005. www.childmuseum.org. COST: $5. OPEN: 
Mon.-Thurs. and Sat. 10-5, Fri. 10-8. 

Address: 840 N. 300 West St., Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Phone: 801/328-3383

 
Clark Planetarium 
Observatory/Planetarium, Downtown 
 
The Hansen Star Theatre and 3-D IMAX Theatre comprise 
this Salt Lake County facility completed in 2003. The 
Star Theatre uses state-of-the-art technology to 
simulate three-dimensional flights through space. In 
addition, the planetarium is home to the state's only 
IMAX theater. Hands-on exhibits and science 
paraphernalia fill the "Wonders of the Universe" 
Science Store. www.clarkplanetarium.org. COST: Star 
Show $8, IMAX $8, combination tickets $12. OPEN: Daily 
11:30 AM-end of last show. 

Address: 110 S. 400 West St., Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Phone: 801/456-7827 
  
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Other Places of Interest:

The Gateway 
Neighborhood/Street, Downtown 
 
Thirty acres of shopping, entertainment, restaurants, 
offices, and housing cover the area called the Gateway. 
The Olympic Legacy Plaza stands in memory of the 2002 
Winter Olympics, which were held in Salt Lake City, 
with an Olympic Snowflake Fountain and a Wall of Honor 
listing all the Olympic volunteers. Entertainers 
continue to perform regularly in the plaza and through-
out the Gateway. The fountain on the plaza is still a 
magnet, as young and old scamper between jets of water 
shooting into the air. Music accompanies the fountain 
on the half hour. The Gateway resembles shopping 
centers in Europe with its narrow street and wide 
sidewalks. Traffic is not a problem because two parking 
lots make access easy. Walk between the two levels via 
a system of elevators and escalators. Some of the 
stores and eateries here are part of national chains, 
but many are locally grown enterprises. Cummings Studio 
Chocolates, for example, ranks with the best in the 
world. If you're interested in some exercise, you can 
climb the 76-ft high climbing wall at Galyan's for $2. 
For less challenging entertainment, the Clark 
Planetarium and a large movie complex are also here. 
www.shopthegateway.com. OPEN: Mon.-Sat. 10-9, Sun. 
noon-6. 

Address: Between 200 South and 50 North Sts., and 400 
West and 500 West Sts., Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Phone: 801/456-0000
 

Trolley Square 
Store/Mall, East Side 
 
From 1908 to 1945, this sprawling redbrick structure 
garaged nearly 150 trolleys and electric trains for the 
Utah Light and Railway Company. In the face of more 
contemporary modes of transport, however, the facility 
was closed. In the early 1970s the mission-style edifice 
was completely overhauled, and today it's one of the
West's more intriguing retail centers, with more than 
90 boutiques and restaurants. OPEN: Mon.-Sat. 10-9, Sun. 
noon-5. 

Address: 600 S. 700 East St., Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Phone: 801/521-9877
 
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--WHERE TO SLEEP:

Chase Suite Hotel by Woodfin 
$70 to $150, East Side 
 
These airy and spacious suites have vaulted ceilings, 
fireplaces, full kitchens, and sitting areas. If you 
don't feel like cooking, there's a main dining room 
for breakfast. The pool, hot tub, and spa are great 
for relaxing. Only 30 minutes from most ski facilities, 
the hotel is a nice alternative to pricey lodging at 
the resorts. In addition, the 400 South TRAX Light Rail 
line provides easy access to downtown and the University 
of Utah. www.woodfinsuitehotels.com. 128 suites. Dining 
room, kitchens, cable TV, in-room data ports, pool, gym, 
hot tub, spa, dry cleaning, laundry facilities, meeting 
rooms, airport shuttle, free parking. AE, D, DC, MC, V. 
Full breakfast. 

Address: 765 E. 400 South St., Salt Lake City, UT 
84102, USA
Phone: 801/532-5511 or 800/237-8811
Fax: 801/531-0416
 

Crystal Inn 
$70 to $150, Downtown 
 
Just south of the heart of downtown, this contemporary, 
four-story hotel offers spacious rooms with a sitting 
area. It's an easy walk to all downtown attractions. 
Saturday mornings in summer you can walk a couple of 
blocks to Pioneer Park for the big farmers' market, 
where you can enjoy breakfast. Throughout the year a 
hot buffet breakfast is included with your room rate. 
www.crystalinns.com. 159 rooms, 16 suites. Microwaves, 
cable TV with movies and video games, in-room data 
ports, indoor pool, health club, hot tub, sauna, ski 
storage, dry cleaning, laundry facilities, Internet 
room, airport shuttle, free parking. AE, D, DC, MC, 
V. Full breakfast. 

Address: 230 W. 500 South St., Salt Lake City, UT 84101, 
USA Phone: 801/328-4466 or 800/366-4466
Fax: 801/328-4072
 

Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City 
 
$151 to Over $200, Downtown 
 
This swank hotel is ensconced in a former bank, dis-
tinguished by an exterior decorated with classical 
cornices and cartouches. Inside, the look and feel 
are sophisticated, eclectic, and upbeat. Rooms offer 
extras such as big fringed ottomans, oversize framed 
mirrors and beds, and lots of pillows. And, there are 
special rooms for especially tall folks, with extra-
long beds. Early evening gatherings in the lobby offer 
a chance to mingle with other guests and enjoy a glass 
of wine by the fire. Bambara Restaurant, on the ground 
level, (under separate management) is one of the city's 
most celebrated dining spots. www.monaco-saltlakecity.
com. 187 rooms, 38 suites. Restaurant, room service, 
in-room safes, minibars, cable TV with movies and video 
games, in-room broadband, Wi-Fi, health club, massage, 
ski storage, bar, babysitting, laundry service, 
concierge, meeting room, parking (fee). AE, D, DC, MC,
V. 

Address: 15 W. 200 South St., Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA
Phone: 801/595-0000 or 877/294-9710
Fax: 801/532-8500

 
--WHERE TO DINE:

Au Bon Appetit 
French, $8 to $18, Downtown 
 
When a French restaurant in Utah is actually run by a 
Frenchman, it's already ahead of the game. That's the 
case with this artful café, full of street signs and 
works by local artists, on a small side street downtown. 
Expect to find most of the bistro classics, such as 
escargot, steamed mussels, and onion soup, as well as 
the occasional hearty lamb stew or paella. Desserts are 
a specialty, and there's an adjoining patisserie. AE, 
D, MC, V. Closed Sun. 

Address: 18 W. Market St., Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Phone: 801/519-9595
 

Bombay House 
Indian, $8 to $12, East Side 
 
You're enveloped in exotic aromas the minute you step 
into this dark, intimate restaurant in a small strip 
mall above busy Foothill Boulevard. Enjoy good Indian 
standards, including the softest naan and spiciest of 
curries, tandoori dishes, and lots of vegetarian 
options. There's a selection of domestic and imported 
beers as well as traditional teas and tea-based drinks. 
Carved wood, print fabric, an aquarium, and the gracious 
Indian staff all combine to make you feel as though 
you've escaped to another little world for a while. AE, 
D, DC, MC, V. Closed Sun. No lunch. 

Address: 1615 S. Foothill Dr., Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Phone: 801/581-0222

 
The Bayou 
Eclectic, $8 to $18, Downtown 
 
You'll find more than 200 microbrews, both bottled and 
on tap at chef-owner Mark Alston's lively bar and 
restaurant. The menu offers everything from Cajun 
specialties such as jambayala and étouffée to blackened 
seafood and a terrific, garlicky hamburger with sweet 
potato fries. Live jazz, pool tables, and a clean, modern 
design create a casual, high-energy atmosphere. AE, D, 
DC, MC, V. Closed Sun. No lunch Sat. 

Address: 645 S. State St., Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Phone: 801/961-8400 

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