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This Virtual Reality Theme Park is Coming to Utah

May 13, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | ()

For the most part, you know what you’re getting when it comes to theme park technology. Roller coasters and rides in the dark are par for course, and occasionally you might find a slightly different, dazzling attraction thrown your way. ("Ooh, lasers!") However, what one park has planned for Utah might just be the next big thing in high-tech amusement park atmosphere, and it’s kind of creeping us out a bit.

Slated to open in 2016 is The Void, a virtual reality theme park where visitors will wear headsets that immerse them in convincingly rendered other worlds — when in actuality, guests are moving about in mostly-empty, reconfigurable 60x60-foot rooms. (We guess there’s a little bit of reality—the rooms—to the virtual reality.)

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Go for The Lounge, Stay for The Pain Killers and Winter Margs at Fletcher's Park City

Where: 526 Main Street [map], Park City, UT, United States
January 23, 2015 at 12:41 PM | by | ()

We've told you how to ski Park City, Utah but when you’re done on all the slopes, there’s a new way unwind on Main Street—with a stop in at Fletcher’s Park City.

The rustic restaurant, bar and lounge opened in late December, making it one of the newest watering holes in Park City. But the bar actually has quite a bit of history. The owners cleared out the original structure that stood there, but were required by the city to rebuild in the exact same footprint as the old building, with a lot of the same architectural touches. So while it’s completely brand new from top to the bottom, it fits in seamlessly with the rest of the old town architecture on Main Street. It's also right next to the popular photo opp that is the Franz the Bear sculpture.

On the restaurant menu at Fletcher's is comfort food done in a clean way, using grass-fed beef for the hefty steak entrees and local produce for the interesting side dishes. (We've got our eye on the Cauliflower bomb, fritters served with smoked paprika yogurt, mint and pomegranate.) A gluten-free menu served as well.

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The Expected and Unexpected Scenes Upon Landing at SLC

January 5, 2015 at 4:57 PM | by | ()

Last week, we flew (on Delta) from LAX to SLC and just before landing, we snapped this picturesque shot of the snow-covered mountains and the towns, with the lake in the distance. Given that we were headed to Park City for a ski trip and that the area had just been dumped with some fresh snow, we expected this sort of winter wonderland scene when we landed.

But when we headed to the baggage terminal we were greeted with a scene we hadn't ever encountered in an airport before--dozens, maybe a hundred people, waiting to welcome their sons and daughters home from their two-year Mormon missions. Here's what that scene looked like:

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How to Get Tickets to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concerts

October 27, 2014 at 12:12 PM | by | ()

If you missed your early bird opportunity to score tickets to the National Christmas Tree Lighting we’re sorry; however, we have another ticket lottery to enter for a shot at another seasonal celebration.

Over in Salt Lake City the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been doing their thing for well over 150 years, and from what we hear every Christmas they put on a hell of a show—we just think they’d probably use a different adjective.

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$2 Billion is the Pricetag for This US Airport's New Terminal

July 18, 2014 at 8:06 AM | by | ()

Your next trip to or through Salt Lake City might be just be a little bit different than before, as today is the day when the bulldozers and construction crews start doing their thing. It’s all part of the airport’s plans for the future, as $1.8 billion in new terminal cash is now officially being spent.

All that money will get the city and the airport a brand new terminal, but like we just said—it doesn’t come cheap. It also doesn’t come quickly, as things aren’t expected to open up to the flying public until sometime in 2022. Right now the airport does its thing across three different terminals, but the master plan includes the idea of combining things into one giant terminal.

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The Desert Landmark Serving as a Setting for 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'

May 5, 2014 at 3:43 PM | by | ()

Last May Michael Bay announced principal photography was underway on Transformers: Age of Extinction in Navajo Tribal Park in Monument Valley.

Now, just one year later, we're about to see Monument Valley and Moab, UT on the big screen as the movie is released on June 27. Bay spent just two weeks filming in Utah but the area is expected to have a large roll in the overall film.

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Ten Awesome Uses for a POV Camera While Traveling

March 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM | by | ()

The Sony Action Cam HDR-AS15 with helmet mount, which we used to film the zip line POV below

There are plenty of Point-Of-View movie cameras on the market to choose from and they're truly the bee’s knees when it comes to taking and sharing action shots.

It wasn't all that long ago that travelers were limited to lugging around a bulky camcorder to capture the action-packed moments of a trip, and always from the sidelines. Thanks to constant advances in technology and the drive to decrease camera size as you increase functions, many action cameras now even have built-in WiFi, so you can gloat within minutes on social media.

Obviously we love the thought of POV time-lapse adventures and the like, but here are ten awesome uses of POV cameras while traveling:

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Video Interlude: A Point-of-View Slide Down a 2,000' Zip Line

March 27, 2013 at 5:52 PM | by | ()

Costa Rica has done an excellent job at branding themselves as the place to head for zip lining, but there are other destinations that can strip up a steel cable and strap willing adventurers on it for a speedy ride. One such place is Park City, Utah where, instead of sending you flying through tropical tree canopies, you instead soar above snowdrifts and through the peaks of towering pines.

The "Zip Tour Adventure" at Park City's Canyons Resort comes in two flavors: one 800' zip line for shaky-kneed first-timers, and one 2,111' zip line for those who want to go all-out.

We'll let you guess which we opted for, though you can just see for yourself in our video below, shot point-of-view style using a Sony ActionCam with helmet harness.

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How to Go Bobsledding on a Real Olympic Track, with Real Olympic Speeds

March 26, 2013 at 4:36 PM | by | ()

Two questions for you. 1: Have you ever seen the film Cool Runnings? 2: Have you ever wanted to experience 5 g and 80+ mph? We're going to assume that you've answered yes to both because you're awesome, and that is why you need to add bobsledding to your bucket list.

There aren't many places in the world that offer true bobsledding for the regular public, but one spot is right here in the United States, at Park City's Utah Olympic Park. In addition to their Nordic ski jumps and a speed skating oval, there's an Olympic-length bobsled track kept fully functional year-round; though the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics are long over, the track is still very much used for training of the US Olympic teams...and for giving the adventurous one hell of an adrenaline rush with the "Winter Comet Bobsled Ride."

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Where the Sundance Stars are Refueling This Week in Park City

January 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM | by | ()

It's that time of year again, when the small resort town of Park City, UT gets overrun by celebrities, publicists, paparazzi, and other industry types for the Sundance Film Festival. And, after their movies have premiered and their portraits have been taken, those celebs head out for a bite at one of the fest's many hotspots.

Here's a look at 3 of the most popular nosh spots during this year's fest:

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Park City Primer: Off the Slopes, It's Time for Boozing and Bobsledding

December 21, 2012 at 2:18 PM | by | ()


You know Kai. Earlier this year he surfed Costa Rice and scuba-ed Bermuda. All this week, he'll be hitting the fresh snow on some Utah slopes and bragging about it, just in time for ski & snowboard season.

Duh, the skiing and snowboarding around the Park City area is absolutely world class. They call it the greatest snow on earth for a reason, and if you're looking for challenging, aggressive terrain, in bounds or in the back country, Utah doesn't disappoint in the least.

Still, you've got to do something other than drink during après-ski times, so here are five of our favorite off-slopes activities around Park City:

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Park City Primer: Going to Extremes with Heli-skiing

December 20, 2012 at 2:57 PM | by | ()

You know Kai. Earlier this year he surfed Costa Rice and scuba-ed Bermuda. All this week, he'll be hitting the fresh snow on some Utah slopes and bragging about it, just in time for ski & snowboard season.

Sure, regular ski hills are a lot of fun. Sit in a lift, ride down, sit in a lift, ride down. Repeat until beer. Fun, right? But what if you fancy something a little more extreme on your trip to Utah? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Here's a couple of ideas for a true adrenaline rush:

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