By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: My bible study group is planning on a retreat to Salt Lake City. While Iíll be doing things with them I will also have some off-time to explore the city on my own. Do they have attractions that are reasonably priced or better yet, free? Iíll also most likely be renting a car for a day or two. Whatís the traffic like?

A: Salt Lake City is rife with free attractions. Itís actually got some really good value when it comes to sights. For instance many of the Mormon centers are open free to the public. Stop by Temple Square, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and participate in a free tour of the Beehive House, which was the home of Brigham Young. You can also check in with the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau online at before your departure and order a free copy of the SLC Visitor Guide, Ski Salt Lake Vacation Planner and their Genealogy Planner.

To save some trees you can view these brochures in full online. The SLCVB also has an events calendar search engine which includes a free events category. When I plugged in March 28 Ė April 28. 2009 over two pages of free event listings resulted from film and video to poetry to childrenís and many other event topics. Their local transit company the Utah Transit Authority unlike our own TTC has just announced it will be reducing fares in light of the down economy starting April 1, 2009. An adult price will be US$2 and not the current US$2.25.

For traffic patterns, the city has a Utah commuter link web site,, you can log onto thatíll give you traffic pattern information along with a web cam of the noted intersection. The site even tells you about any special events happening in that location. So for instance, I clicked on one of the blue icons appearing on the map which showed a traffic photo at the intersection 10600 South and 700 East and the report at the time of my review indicated ďno active incidents to report at this timeĒ.

The state reports it has over 400 overhead traffic cameras and 600 in-road traffic sensors that are constantly capturing photographs, video and traffic data on all major Utah Department of Transportation roads.


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