Location, Transportation, and Orientation
The Grand America Hotel
A luxurious 24-story, Beaux-Arts style hotel with daily afternoon tea accompanied by harp music, lounges with high ceilings and crystal chandeliers, large flower gardens with walking paths, remarkable marble-lined bathrooms, and a full-service spa. Most guest rooms have both a city and mountain view! Most ARLIS/NA conference activities will happen on levels 1 and 3.
Utah Transit Authority (UTA)
Coordinates city and mid-distance buses, lightrail (TRAX), and commuter rail (FrontRunner) throughout the Salt Lake valley and along the Wasatch Front.
SLC International Airport
Delta Airlines hub located at the southern tip of the Great Salt Lake and situated seven miles west of downtown Salt Lake City. Rent a car, or take the Green TRAX lightrail line to Courthouse Station, and arrive just one block north of The Grand America Hotel within 25 minutes.
The California Zephyr departs daily on a two-way trek between Chicago and San Francisco, with stops in Omaha, Denver, Salt Lake City, Reno, and Sacramento. Trains arrive at 11pm (westbound) and 3am (eastbound), so special arrangements need to be made for city transportation and hotel check-in.
We recommend coming prepared for light snow, rain, and sunshine, which can all happen on the same day in late March!
- Salt Lake City: Temperatures typically range between 57°F highs and 36°F lows. While March is one of the wettest months in Utah, the monthly average is just 2 inches! It’s still possible to get snow, but it won’t linger on the ground.
- Wasatch mountain resorts: Temperatures typically range between 49°F highs and 22°F lows. All the northern Utah ski resorts will still be open for business, with snow up top and cozy après-ski lounges at the base. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing conditions will be moderate-to-poor.
- Southern Utah’s National Parks: Temperatures typically range between 62°F highs and 32°F lows. Precipitation is infrequent in these high desert locations. When it does rain, flash floods are possible. So pay attention to daily weather forecasts before heading out on a hike or bike ride.
Minor headaches, shortness of breath, and mild nausea can set in within hours of your arrival to Salt Lake City--even at the relatively low elevation of 4300 feet--and can last for several days. Here’s some advice
to prepare for your stay and minimize the effects of altitude sickness.
Salt Lake City
Utah’s state capital sits on the southeast corner of the Great Salt Lake at an average elevation of 4,300 feet and is surrounded by two mountain ranges: the Oquirrh Mountains to the west, and the Wasatch Mountains to the east.
I-15 and I-80 intersect near downtown Salt Lake City and provide quick access to locations adjacent to the Wasatch Mountains. Conference tours will be offered in the following major cities. If you rent a car, you can explore them on your own time, as well.
Greater Utah and Beyond
- Park City
- With a base elevation of 7,000 feet, Park City is located 45 minutes east of downtown Salt Lake City along the I-80 corridor. The city is home to two world-class ski resorts, hosted numerous events for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and still maintains an active Olympic park and museum. It is now most famous for hosting the Sundance Film Festival every January.