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Lake Tahoe or Salt lake city for a weekend getway

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by icetraxx, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. icetraxx


    May 7, 2005
    The wife and I want to do something special and different for our 10year anniv. next month. We only have a weekend friday through sunday as far as the time frame goes. I came across lake tahoe and salt lake city but have no knowledge of either place except on the internet side.

    does anyone have a preference on one vs the other? or recommendation on places to stay?
  2. brooksro


    Dec 29, 2007
    USA, California
    Spent a week at Lake Tahoe last month. It's a great place. Stayed at Embassy Suites in South Lake Tahoe. The accommodations were nice, including a great free breakfast and a great free happy hour. It was a short walk to the lake. We rented a boat one day and toured Emerald Bay. Don't miss the Gondola ride for the view. Have fun.
  3. boyscout


    Mar 19, 2009
    Larry, with just a weekend for your trip, Lake Tahoe is arguably a better bet because much of what it offers is pretty much right there at Lake Tahoe.

    However if you don't mind driving, consider landing in Salt Lake City on Friday afternoon and immediately driving southeast for four hours, staying at Moab, Utah. On Saturday morning you'd wake up with some of the most unforgettable scenery in North America at your doorstep, with Arches and Canyonlands national parks both very short drives away. If you're looking for memorable scenery, that area has it in spades over Lake Tahoe.

    Also, if you do opt for Salt Lake City, try to fit in a dinner at Rodizio Grill, a fabulous Brazilian-style grill restaurant that could turn a deeply-committed vegan into a meat-eater. Absolutely delicious, and not terribly expensive.
  4. I've only been to Salt Lake in the winter for some skiing, but I can say that Tahoe is beautiful in the summer. The crowds are down quite a bit since it's technically the off season.
  5. Spent 5 days there about 3 years ago. Good shows fun fun fun. Make sure you rent a car a drive around the entire lake - wonder scenery and photo ops. Have a great time.
  6. waltny


    Mar 27, 2008
    Reno, NV
    The areas surround SLC are better than SLC itself. The ski resorts have bike trails to ride, the fishing in the area is great not to mention most of the rocky wildflowers are at bloom now I think. Most of the people that vacation around here go to Lake Powell, Flaming Gorge, Bear Lake, Unitas and Yellowstone to name a few. Also there is Bryce, Canyonland, Arches NP and there are ton of slot canyons for canyoneering. This just barely scratches the surface, but alot of it is out and away from SLC. I would think Moab or Cedar City might be a better hub to work out of for a vacation if Utah becomes your destination. I belong to forum here that is fairly local http://www.bogley.com/ and these guys go everywhere and do everything.
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  7. I cannot compare Lake Tahoe to Salt Lake City. I have been to LT often but not to SLC. I have been around LT over all 4 seasons and have stayed at a few hotels in the area as well. LT has a lot to offer close to the lake and on the lake as well (sking, water sports, hiking, etc). If you want to stay at a nice hotel that is fairly quiet and out of the limelight, the Hyatt Regency at Incline Village on the Nevada side is a great hotel. Otherwise, the hotel/casino cluster near the stateline at South Lake Tahoe side is your best bet. I am sure which ever place you choose will be a fun and relaxing one.

    God Bless,
  8. icetraxx


    May 7, 2005
    Thanks for the info. We are looking for something just to get away for the weekend and not have to drive everywhere to do something. From what yall are sayig LT might be the place we are looking for.

    thanks again
  9. pure jazz

    pure jazz

    Feb 5, 2009
    Canyons around SLC are nice and cool this time of year, southern Utah is to hot unless you don't mind frying eggs on red rock.

    For a weekend? Tahoe, for a week or more, SLC.
  10. waltny


    Mar 27, 2008
    Reno, NV

    The canyons being cool is subjective. Depends on which side of the front they reside and E-W, N-S orientation along with the elevation and how deep it is. I would agree that southern Utah is blazing hot as it is up this end of Utah(about 20miles north of SLC). Ive been working outside the past few weeks and the heat is brutal. SLC for outdoors stuff is better in the spring and fall(the 2 weeks of it) IMHO as I dont ski.
  11. Another vote for Tahoe, it's beautiful!
  12. Varmint


    Apr 21, 2009
    Boston, MA
    We weren't crazy about Tahoe this summer, especially coming from Yosemite, it wasn't very spectacular, and was pretty touristy. But the Squaw Valley Resort was a beautiful hotel, probably the nicest big hotel we've ever been to. Nice paved bike path along the river down to the lake also.

    Tahoe must be nice in the winter though.
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