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Old 08-27-2018, 01:43 PM
 
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My wife and I will be driving from the Grand Canyon into Utah to stay at Salt Lake City for a day, then driving up to Idaho. We will be on I-15 basically the whole drive, except while we're tooling around SLC. See map.

I'd like to know whether someone can give me some insight on what to expect, mainly:
  • How hard are cops on on speeders? Some states (e.g., Wisconsin) are harder on them while others (e.g., Michigan) don't care so much, so I'm wondering where Utah falls on this spectrum? Can I comfortably exceed the speed limit, or do I really have to watch out?
  • How will cell reception be, in general? I have AT&T, and I do rely on Waze or Google to act as my guide. Where can I expect to lose coverage?
  • How few and far between are towns or stops as we're driving along?
  • Any sightseeing stops or detours we should consider especially as we drive through?
  • Anything else to keep in mind?

I appreciate the insights. Thank you!

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Old 08-27-2018, 04:20 PM
 
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I can only tell you my Verizon coverage is all major highways and many I consider minor. I am sure TT pushes a map of their coverage area. With out of state tags, I wouldn't go more than 5 mph over. Others may have different opinions.
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Old 08-27-2018, 04:44 PM
 
Location: East Millcreek
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My wife and I will be driving from the Grand Canyon into Utah to stay at Salt Lake City for a day, then driving up to Idaho. We will be on I-15 basically the whole drive, except while we're tooling around SLC. See map.

I'd like to know whether someone can give me some insight on what to expect, mainly:
  1. How hard are cops on on speeders? Some states (e.g., Wisconsin) are harder on them while others (e.g., Michigan) don't care so much, so I'm wondering where Utah falls on this spectrum? Can I comfortably exceed the speed limit, or do I really have to watch out?
  2. How will cell reception be, in general? I have AT&T, and I do rely on Waze or Google to act as my guide. Where can I expect to lose coverage?
  3. How few and far between are towns or stops as we're driving along?
  4. Any sightseeing stops or detours we should consider especially as we drive through?
  5. anything else to keep in mind?
I appreciate the insights. Thank you!
I've driven this route many times in the past 6 months of so. In order:
  1. Most trips I've never even seen a cop at all. Speed limit is 80mph, which is really pretty fast, and sight distances are usually very long during the day. I routinely drive 90 or so with faster bursts if traffic and visibility allow. Never had a problem.
  2. I have Verizon. Coverage is generally OK though there are a few dead zones. But it's straight shot once you're on I-15. You don't really need a guide, directions, etc.
  3. The only real towns of note are Cedar City and St George. As tourist destinations neither is worth spending much (or any) time in, though others may differ. There are other small towns every 20 or 30 miles (kind of a rough guesstimate), most with a truck stop, McDonalds and cheap motel. This isn't one of those "next services 80 miles" highways. Still, keep an eye on your gas gauge.
  4. Many side trips, including Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks. One entrance to Zion is just off the highway. Well worth a visit.
  5. Hmmm. I dunno. Enjoy the ride!
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Old 08-27-2018, 04:59 PM
 
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My wife and I will be driving from the Grand Canyon into Utah to stay at Salt Lake City for a day, then driving up to Idaho. We will be on I-15 basically the whole drive, except while we're tooling around SLC. See map.

I'd like to know whether someone can give me some insight on what to expect, mainly:
  • How hard are cops on on speeders? Some states (e.g., Wisconsin) are harder on them while others (e.g., Michigan) don't care so much, so I'm wondering where Utah falls on this spectrum? Can I comfortably exceed the speed limit, or do I really have to watch out?
  • How will cell reception be, in general? I have AT&T, and I do rely on Waze or Google to act as my guide. Where can I expect to lose coverage?
  • How few and far between are towns or stops as we're driving along?
  • Any sightseeing stops or detours we should consider especially as we drive through?
  • Anything else to keep in mind?

I appreciate the insights. Thank you!

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I'm sorry to see that at least one person has answered your question about breaking our traffic safety laws. Please be courteous to us Utahns. If you are going to use our freeway for your transportation purposes, please respect us enough to obey the speed laws that are in place. Speed limits exist for safety reasons. The other drivers, construction workers, and those operating emergency vehicles that are required to answer calls along the freeway are not safe when you violate our laws. Utah is more than just your playground to speed through as fast as you want on your way to another destination.
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Old 08-27-2018, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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You'll be driving through Kanab, which is near the Utah-Arizona border. If you'll be coming from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, you can't very well get to Kanab without going through Page, Arizona. If you do go through Page, be sure not to miss Antelope Canyon (I'd suggest the lower canyon if you don't have time to see both). It's positively amazing. And as you leave Page for Kanab, be sure to stop to see the Glen Canyon Dam and Visitors Center just outside town. From the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, you can go more directly north to Kanab, bypassing Page entirely.

Kanab offers several pretty unique and fun things to do. One of my favorite things to do in the Kanab area is visit Best Friends Animal Santuary. Best Friends is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters, and this sanctuary is the nation's largest. If you're animal lovers, it's a must. Tours of the sanctuary are given throughout the day.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, just outside Kanab is worth a short visit. Also check out the "What to do in Kanab" link on Trip Advisor for other suggestions that may appeal to you. (You didn't mention what your interests are, so I won't go into things that you might find boring.)

You are going to have to be off I-15 for the first part of your drive from the Grand Canyon. The things I would suggest once you leave Kanab will depend entirely on how quickly you want to get to Salt Lake City. There's the fast way and then there's the incredibly beautiful way. Depending on your priorities, you can get back on I-15 at just north of St. George, further north at Cedar City, or even further north between Parowan and Beaver. I've traveled a lot, and to be perfectly honest, one of my favorite places in the world (yeah, the world) is Bryce Canyon. It's not far out of your way and I'd be willing to bet you'd like it at least as much as you do Grand Canyon.

At any rate, regardless of where you get into I-15, you may want to consider stopping at Cove Fort. It's roughly midway between St. George and Salt Lake City, and it's worth a visit. It was an old Fort set up by the Mormon Pioneers as a stagecoach way station and Pony Express station. I've been there a couple of times and have enjoyed it. It's also rated pretty highly on Trip Advisor. From that point on, you'll probably want to just stick to I-15. It will be about a two-and-a-half hour drive from there to Salt Lake.

Coverage on your cell phone will depend upon your provider. Pretty much any of the providers will get you service while you're on I-15. Verizon is good practically everywhere. I don't know for sure how it is now, but a few years ago, T-Mobile didn't cover much off of the I-15 corridor.

You'll find services (gas, restrooms, a bite to eat) at perhaps a half dozen locations between St. George and Salt Lake. Of course, the food will probably just be chain fast-food restaurants, but you shouldn't have to worry about ending up stranded somewhere.

About the speed limit... Much of the southern portion of I-15 already has a speed limit of 80 MPH. Personally, that's fast enough for me. If you're determined to get to Salt Lake City as quickly as possible, you would probably be okay going 5 MPH over the speed limit, but I wouldn't advise you to go any faster than that -- and not just because you'd end up getting a ticket.

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Old 08-27-2018, 08:06 PM
 
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Red cars get more speeding tickets (they say) on the average if you:

- Are way faster than the traffic already on the road.
- Sway in and out of lanes because you want to go faster than the prevailing traffic.
- "Tail-gate" for prolonged times.

Honestly, Utah has traffic laws, but like everywhere else, they are more considered "Philosophies", not necessarily "laws".

So keep your distance, one (1) car for every ten (10) miles of speed you are driving.
Drive smooth and steady, not speed up and then slow down to a crawl and then speed up again ...
Follow the traffic pattern, and drive on the right lane as much as you can.
Do not hold up traffic!
Please use your turn signal indicator!!!

I have no idea what you are driving (car), so when you want to pass, please pass and do not create an elephant race by passing at 2 miles an hour faster than the car you are passing!

IF, the weather turns sour (rain) for Pete's sake slow down!!!


Cell Coverage:
I have Verizon and I have cell coverage almost all the way with a few dead spots here and there. I never notice it because I do not use my phone while driving!!!

My GPS does not need cell coverage all the time. It only needs to "see" satellites, not phone towers!
Your trip is kind of straight through without hard to find off- and on-ramps.
"Do NOT get caught, holding your phone while driving" --- "We do not want to read about you in the newspaper"!


Gasoline:
Simple rule, keep your bottom half full. Fuel prices are almost all the same within a few pennies, plenty of places to fuel up. Many places even show the price per gallon! Some places still even supply $$$$ "Mormon GAS" (Non-Alcohol).


Food:
Most fueling stations have some kind of fast food chain available.


This trip will take you most of the day, so you will arrive a bit late and depending on the time of day, might run into going home traffic. Going north on I-15 (in the Salt Lake basin) is better in the in the afternoon then going south with only one place (around Point of the Mountain) a bit slower than normal. "Heavy", dense, traffic between 2:30 and 7:00 PM.
My GPS shows the parts of the road which have dense/slow traffic and often advise alternate roads.


What to do in Salt Lake?
Not much but ask your concierge in your hotel or motel.
You have been on the road almost all day, so rest up for your next leg of the trip!

Welcome to Utah. Come back another time and spend some time on the "must see" places! To see them all, it will take half a lifetime of vacations!

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Old 08-27-2018, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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What to do in Salt Lake?
Not much but ask your concierge in your hotel or motel.
Not much?
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Old 08-28-2018, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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The part of Zion National Park that is just off I-15 is the Kolob Canyons unit, which has been closed for a major road reconstruction project this summer. Check the park web site and twitter feed for updates on reopening.

If you're there before snow closes the road, which I understand is often mid to late October, Cedar Breaks National Monument is a pretty straightforward detour.

As for Salt Lake City, we really enjoyed the botanical garden on the university campus- large and lots of good examples of how beautiful you can make a dry climate.
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Old 08-29-2018, 06:40 AM
 
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Not much?
Oops, Katz.

There 'IS' stuff to do in Salt lake city, depending on the time.

Knowing that your trip takes about 9 hours, and assuming that you are NOT driving without any stops, I am pretty sure that your arrival in Salt Lake City will be kind of late in the day.

So yes, there is some stuff to do and again, just ask your concierge what might be going on at the time you have arrived.
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Oops, Katz.

There 'IS' stuff to do in Salt lake city, depending on the time.

Knowing that your trip takes about 9 hours, and assuming that you are NOT driving without any stops, I am pretty sure that your arrival in Salt Lake City will be kind of late in the day.

So yes, there is some stuff to do and again, just ask your concierge what might be going on at the time you have arrived.
But the OP said they'll be staying in SLC "for a day." He didn't imply that they'd only be here overnight.
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