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Visiting campus! [Jan. 24th, 2008|12:02 am]
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Hey everyone. I posted earlier about considering University of Utah..and Now i've been accepted! I am still not 100% sure if I will be going there, but I got accepted for fall '08. Yay =)

Anyway, I will be visiting campus and SLC in March for like three days. One day will be filled with a Campus Tour, but I know my mom and I will have at least one, possibly 1.5 days to goof off in SLC and the surrounding area, and I've been put in charge of coming up with said goofing off activities. Any Suggestions? Cute shops, great restaurants, sight seeing?

Thanks in advance!!

[User Picture]From: unshedteir
2008-01-24 08:47 am (UTC)
I recommend Cucina Toscana on 307 West Pierpont Avenue as far as restaurants. I have found nothing better in the city in all my time here. For less fancy fare, Crown Burger and Gandalfo's are fantastic.

For night time/club stuff, you might try W Lounge and Area 51.

Hogle Zoo and the Red Butte Botanical Garden are nice, but a tad boring.

Don't know where you're coming from, but if you've so much as seen a respectable Six Flags in your life, I do not recommend Lagoon Amusement Park at all. Such a disappointment.

And of course, the usual Mormon stuff (Temple Square, the garden on the conference center roof...)

If you stick around for the long run, I'd try skiing, snowboarding, or longboarding. The foothills and mountains are great.

And Gateway mall is fine for shopping, but the interesting stores are in Trolly Square.

You could also hit Park City for a day and check out all the trendy stuff, if thats your thing.

Finally, in the end your visit to the campus won't give you an even remotely complete or accurate impression. If you do stick around, meet some fun people and whenever you get a chance, explore like crazy. Drive random roads and see what there is to see. I've been here 4 years and I've just begun to discover this town. Transportation is EVERYTHING here...
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[User Picture]From: coal_winford
2008-01-24 08:51 am (UTC)
I've never been to a six flags (just disney world/land) and i don't think we would be going to an amusement part anyway, haha.
Whats Park City?

annnd I definitely hope to get a good feel for the town. I did a campus tour of the school I am going to now, and loved the campus, but didn't spend enough time in the town and i can't stand it, heh.

Thanks for the info=]
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[User Picture]From: how_will_it_end
2008-01-24 06:00 pm (UTC)
I would recommend Red Rock Brewery for food. http://www.redrockbrewing.com/ If you like beer or spicy-ish food this a really good place. There is one in Downtown Salt Lake, and one in Park City. My roommate works at the one in Park City.
Park City is where they hold Sundance. Of course coming in March you will miss all the hoopla that is Sundance, but Park City is a lot of fun. Main Street is quaint and has interesting and odd shops as well as common stores. They also have the Alpine slides which are pretty fun.
Even if you aren't Mormon, I think temple square is worth checking out. But beware, the missionaries will try and talk to you if you are at temple square and look like you are from out of town or not mormon. They are nice, so it's not really that scary.
Gateway Shopping mall is fun to walk through but really it's very expensive to buy anything.
I agree that Trolley Square is interesting. Though it is undergoing construction it's still fun to walk around in.
As for nightlife (if you want to party with your mom :P) There is also Club Bliss. There are quite a few bars in downtown despite the main culture. Unfortunately if you go to a bar you need to buy a membership which is usually 5 dollars - it's because of Utah Alcohol Laws...very lame.
If you really like outdoors there are a MILLION hikes you can go on. Utah has absolutely beautiful scenery in the mountains. It'll still be cold up there, and there will still be some snow up there in March, but if you are outdoorsy, it might be worth checking out.

I hope that was helpful! And I hope you have fun checking out my hometown!
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From: alteregotizzle
2009-04-09 12:56 am (UTC)
Hey, I know you posted this a while back, I was wondering how did you like your 1st year at the U? I'm considering going there next fall :)

Anyways, can you tell me some of your experiences?
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[User Picture]From: coal_winford
2009-04-09 02:58 am (UTC)
My year here was really good, although I am moving back home after this year. That really doesn't have anything to do with me liking the school though. I'm not sure what you'd like to hear about, any specific questions?
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From: alteregotizzle
2009-04-10 01:44 am (UTC)
How was the college experience there? Was the school to big? Are the people friendly? Sorry if that's a lot of questions.
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[User Picture]From: coal_winford
2009-04-10 01:48 am (UTC)
Well I came here as a transfer and I lived in an apartment on campus, so for me it wasn't a very typical college experience. The school is definitely pretty big, but I think making friends and stuff definitely isnt hard. The people are wonderfully friendly, that is partly why I picked Utah!
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