Ryan, Megan, Alex, and Katie's Salt Lake City Itinerary
Saturday, October 24, 2015 - Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Howdy! This is a very random time to take a trip. However, we booked this way back in early April, when there was a random, unannounced sale to Salt Lake City that we happened to stumble upon. We weren't sure if we would actually take the trip, but we didn't want to miss the deal, so we booked the flight. Sure enough, the next day the cost of the flight more than tripled in price. So, we decided to make the best of it and add 4 more states to Katie's "been there" list. To do that, we are going to need to be quite ambitious. We are looking at driving over 1,500 miles over 4 days, which equals over 24 hours of time just in the car alone. At least gas is cheap! The trip will start very similarly to our original trip to SLC, back in 2006, but this time we'll go further east to places that none of us have been to before. So, what exactly are we going to do? Check it out below!
All times are local to the particular city. This trip will take place mostly in the Mountain Time Zone, which is 2 hours behind EST.
You know the drill. If we have signal and feel like setting up the webcam, the pictures above will start changing.
*** OUTBOUND ***
Flight 1/2: Saturday, October 24, 2015 -
Southwest Airlines - Flight 1405 (Baltimore to Chicago)
DEPART Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 7:00 AM
ARRIVE Chicago, IL (MDW) at 8:05 AM
POSITION - Ryan: A29, Megan: A30, Alex: A31, Katie: N/A
AIRCRAFT - Boeing 737-800
Flight 2/2: Saturday, October 24, 2015 -
Southwest Airlines - Flight 4627 (Chicago to Salt Lake City)
DEPART Chicago, IL (MDW) at 9:15 AM
ARRIVE Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) at 11:40 AM
POSITION - Ryan: A26, Megan: A27, Alex: A28, Katie: N/A
AIRCRAFT - Boeing 737-800
*** INBOUND ***
Flight 1/1 (nonstop): Wednesday, October 28, 2015 -
Southwest Airlines - Flight 2300 (Salt Lake City to Baltimore)
DEPART Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) at 11:30 AM
ARRIVE Baltimore, MD (BWI) at 5:35 PM
POSITION - Ryan: TBD, Megan: TBD, Alex: TBD, Katie: N/A
AIRCRAFT - Boeing 737-800
Hotel: Night 1 - October 24, 2015
Fairfield Inn & Suites Idaho Falls
1293 West Broadway
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Room Type: Guest room, 2 Queen
Hotel: Night 2 - October 25, 2015
TownePlace Suites Billings
2480 Grant Road
Billings, MO 59102
Room Type: Suite, 1 King
Hotel: Night 3 - October 26, 2015
TownePlace Suites Vernal
1219 West Highway 40
Vernal, UT 84078
Room Type: Studio, 2 Queen
Hotel: Night 4 - October 27, 2015
Hotel Park City
2001 Park Avenue
Park City, UT 84060
Room Type: Deluxe Executive Suite, 1 King
Car Rental: October 24 (11:30 AM) - October 28 (11:30 AM)
Thrifty Rent A Car
776 North Terminal Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Car Type: Fullsize (Toyota Camry or similar)
Note: The numbers in the itinerary correspond to the map at the bottom. For context, this section was written by Ryan.
Please note that times are ESTIMATES only to give you an idea of what our original plans were. We get distracted and detoured easily, so just check the webcam and/or GPS tracker to get an idea of where we really are.
Saturday, October 24
Good EARLY morning! Today, we will be leaving our house by 5am to catch a sold-out 7am flight to Chicago, where we'll change planes and take off for another sold-out flight to Sal Tlay Ka Siti (a village in Ooh-Tah), after an hour-long layover. In fact, all of the BWI-SLC trips appear to be sold out, so we better not be late! We should be on the road  by around 1pm, local time, and our first stop will be the Natural History Museum of Utah and/or the Red Butte Gardens - both on the campus of the University of Utah . After that, we'll start our trip off right with dinner at Applebee's  around 4pm. From there, we head north to Idaho, making a quick stop at the state welcome signs [4, 5]. We should get to our hotel  for the night by 9pm. Hopefully we'll avoid any speeding tickets because it was on this drive from Salt Lake City to Idaho Falls in 2006 where I got pulled over for the very first time (and escaped with a warning).
Sunday, October 25
The earlier we start today, the better. Today will be the coldest day of the trip, as we drive through the Grand Teton  and Yellowstone  National Parks, with temperatures in the 40s. And that's it for today. We'll probably spend about 4 hours wandering in this area before heading into Billings, Montana  for the night - and for our first time ever!
Monday, October 26
Today is the day of new stuff - and most of it will be from the car. We start the day with a visit to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument  - a place we've wanted to go for a while, but has been just out of reach. After that, we'll start to head south into Wyoming to take a few more pictures at the state welcome signs [11, 12]. From there, buckle up - because we have over 8 hours of driving left! We'll break up the trip a little when we stop in Casper, WY to grab dinner, perhaps at Olive Garden  around 4:30pm. Then, we get the kiddos ready for bed and make the long, dark, rainy? journey to Vernal, Utah for the night .
Tuesday, October 27
More new stuff! Having never been to northeastern Utah, we'll probably just figure stuff out as we go. At a minimum, we'll go to Dinosaur National Monument  for a couple hours in the morning. From there, it's "only" a 3 hour ride back to the mountains east of Salt Lake City. We'll stop in Park City  for the night at a hotel near the mountains.
Wednesday, October 28
Nothing much to say today! We'll need to leave our hotel by 8am to make the hour-long drive to Salt Lake City in rush-hour traffic. We catch our flight  just before noon and land in Baltimore at a very reasonable 5:35pm. We'll actually be home before bedtime! And good thing, too - because the reality of work hits the next day!
And if that's not good enough, we've still got our guesstimated route highlighted below...
Just as before, these are some links where you might be able to track our flight. With all of these sites, be sure to hit refresh (F5) and click 'Retry' as applicable to view the latest information.
Flight Explorer (http://fasttrack.flightexplorer.com/)
RML Software (http://www.flightview.com/)