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Your Road Trip Checklist: 7 Things to Remember

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to. – J.R.R. Tolkien

What does freedom feel like to you? For new students, snowbirds, or fortunate victims to wanderlust, this freedom likely manifests itself in the form of a full tank of gas and an open road. Whether you are heading home, to the airport, to the coast, or simply wherever the road takes you, the commencement of any road trip is full of possibilities.

Just like any type of freedom, it comes with a cost. There is a literal cost associated — road trips tend to dip into your wallet, if just for gas alone. You also face several hours in the car alone or, for better or for worse, with a full cab. You need to consider food, lodging, and not to mention you are racing several thousand pounds of machinery through the country which denotes some obvious hazards.

Prepping for your road trip, however, can be a joy. After all, remember, with the freedom of the open road there are innumerable possibilities. How will you equip yourself for such a journey? Here are some things we believe you should absolutely consider when getting ready to hit the road.


healthy snacks on a road trip

Snacks

A robust cache of road trip snacks is invaluable when driving cross-country. Your body is still burning calories just by sitting there, and more so if your playlist is good. Plus, what else is going to keep you awake when the hour is late and the scenery is bland? (Or if your playlist is bad.) You never really need an excuse for snacks, but a road trip is a good one.

Some tips: avoid too much sugar. It tastes delightful and makes you feel great while listening to “Life is a Highway” for the fourteenth time. But you’ll crash hard. Maybe in more ways than one. Caffeine may or may not sustain you; a good alternative is orange juice or green tea. Try throwing in some healthy snacks like apples or something that will make you work, like sunflower seeds.

listening to a podcast on a road trip

A Curated Soundtrack

Depending on your destination, you’re facing a lot of hours just staring straight ahead. Thinking time is criminally underrated, but it is also good to fill the silence.

Assemble a killer road trip playlist with a good mix of your favorite tunes. Get creative and try to explore beyond the hooks of the afore-mentioned “Life is a Highway” or “Surfin’ USA.” Finding songs named after your destination or places you’re traveling through can be fun — then again, your music choice doesn’t have to evoke a place at all. Songs with deeper meanings and plenty of layers engage your mind — rotate these in with more danceable tracks.

You don’t have to limit yourself to music, either. Subscribe to different podcasts that interest you, or rent an audiobook online or from the library. However you can best engage your mind and senses is worth preparing beforehand. Above all, avoid distracting yourself from attentive driving.

hand out the window - road trip

A Working Vehicle

There’s something thrilling about going by the seat of your pants, just hopping in and handing the reigns over to fate and adventure. But you may find that if you’re too footloose, you could end up stranded on the side of a lonely stretch of highway — you don’t want that much adventure.

Swing by your favorite service center on your way out of town for a last-minute checkup. Get an oil change, top off your fluids, replace wipers, whatever you have to do to ensure a safe journey. Your vehicle will thank you and show you a heartwarming amount of loyalty throughout your road trip.

road trip buddies

The Buddy System

Some of the best memories you can create are shared memories of a road trip. Inside jokes, stories both intimate and exaggerated, and experiences at that one place with the guy will follow you forever. This is the principle upon which some of the best travel and buddy comedies build: Planes, Trains, and AutomobilesThelma & LouiseDumb and Dumber…in fact, has there been a good travel comedy recently? Shout at me.

Whether you take a friend, a family member, or a perfect stranger, this person or people will undoubtedly make your road trip memorable. That being said, Salt Lake Express generally advises against picking up hitchhikers.

idaho map for a road trip

An Old Fashioned Map

Yes, I know you usually get your instructions from Siri. And sure, if you’re heading home chances are you already know the way. This one is more of a fun invitation: buy a roadmap from the gas station while you’re filling up and let it be your guide. Not only does it enhance the adventure but it gives you a bigger picture of where you are. You’ll learn more about surrounding areas and maybe even be tempted to take a quick detour to see that thing over there. Plus, when dead zones may strip your phone of its authority, your map will cease to be a novelty and will save the day.

However, it is the digital age, and we recommend you also keep your phone charged and ready to save your bacon. Physical maps don’t update as quickly or often as Google Maps…you should be ready to let technology go to work when you need it.

first aid kit on a road trip

Emergency Supplies

As they say, “[stuff] happens” and perhaps, despite all your precautionary measures, you end up stranded or worse (we certainly hope not). You don’t have to plan on it before you head out the door but absolutely plan for it. Again, this undercuts the spontaneity that can be so fun about road trips. But when it comes down to it, you’ll be very glad you thought ahead.

Keep some emergency cash on hand and pack a little extra food and water than you normally would for yourself. Also, and this is just a good rule of thumb, keep a full first aid kit and blankets in your car.

And don’t just pack safely for yourself — it’s good practice to carry extra automotive fluids, a spare tire/jack, and if you’re a super prepper maybe even a gallon of gasoline. The most important thing is that you feel secure when hitting the open road.

open road on a road trip

Games

What was your favorite road trip game to play as a kid? Pumping your arm to make semi drivers honk their horns? I Spy? M.A.S.H.? Mad Libs? Kids are amazing at coming up with fun ways to pass the time, and as an adult, you can too.

Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper if you are the driver and can’t get too distracted. You can entertain yourself (and your passengers) without the luxury of “games”, too; pretend you’re a guest on a talk show host and ask yourself questions or sing about things you pass on the road. It sounds a little crazy right now, but after enough time in the car (and perhaps enough caffeine) it can become very entertaining.


Assuming you have everything else packed, you’re all set to get going. Charge your phone and your camera battery, lock up behind you and let the road trip begin.

Visit Marble Canyon: Things To See & Do

Marble Canyon is located just southwest of Page, Arizona, and boy is it a sight to behold. Rather, there are sights to behold. Whether you’re taking a drive on the 104 mile stretch of the Vermillion Cliffs Scenic Highway or fishing the Colorado River, there’s a wealth of things to do. Let’s dive in!

Marble Canyon: SEE

We all know that southern Utah and northern Arizona contain some of the most showstopping views in the country. However, do you know where to find all of them. It can actually be quite overwhelming. But no worries, we’re here to help guide you.

If you’re flying from somewhere to see Marble Canyon you’re most likely flying into one of these cities: St. George, Utah or Las Vegas, Nevada. If you don’t want to worry about a rental car or relying on a friend to pick you up, the best solution is to book one of our St. George Shuttle buses. You could ride one from the airports in Las Vegas or St. George directly to the Marble Canyon region.

Once here, there’s an enormous amount to see. Let’s break it down for you.

Vermillion Cliffs Scenic Highway

If you happen to be riding one of our shuttles from Las Vegas or St. George you’ll be fortunate enough to ride along Highway 89A. Also known as the Vermillion Cliffs Scenic Highway. It has to be one of the most amazing drives in the country. You’ll see huge sandstone cliffs in the Vermillion canyons.

The Navajo Bridge

You’ll also get to see the Navajo Bridge, which rises over 465 feet above the Colorado River below. According to the National Park Service, the older, historic bridge was completed in 1929. The newer, modern bridge was completed in 1995, effectively retiring the historic bridge after 66 years of service.

Not only are the views breathtaking, but hearing the difference in the cost of the bridges is as well. In 1929 the historic bridge cost just $390,000 to construct, while the modern bridge cost $14,700,000 in 1995! Whoa, that’s a lot of dough. There’s also the Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center that you can visit as well. There’s a seasonal visitors center, bookstore, and an area for Native American craft vendors.

Marble Canyon

Only about two hours from Flagstaff, Marble Canyon is magnificent. Popular sites are the Glen Canyon Dam, Lee’s Ferry, and the Navajo Bridge we mentioned above. Imagine everything you love about Zion National Park but just a little less crowded. Marble Canyon is not only beautiful, providing cinematic views everywhere you look, but it’s also full of activities. Which brings us to our next section: Do.

Marble Canyon: DO

While the views are incredible, sometimes you just need to do more than look at something. You need to get out there and explore, touch, and experience. And believe us, there’s plenty of that in the Marble Canyon region.

Fishing The Colorado River

There is a wealth of guides and outfitters in the area if you’re not sure where to start. Whether you’re utilizing one of the many guides and outfitters or if you know what you’re doing, there’s hardly a more beautiful place to commune with mother nature. Fly fishing or bait fishing, you can do it all. And as the sun sets and you’re in the half-light of the canyon, you’ll have more than one pausing moment of awe.

Kayaking The Colorado River

While you can choose a variety of transportation methods down the Colorado River, we’d recommend kayaking.  It’s such an intimate way to experience the river, the canyon, and all that they have to offer. There are dozens of companies that can rent you all the equipment you need to safely experience the river. And even though we’re partial to kayaking, if it’s not your thing there are options for canoes, boats, and even stand-up paddleboards.

Exploring The Historic Cliff Dwellings

Not far from the Navajo Bridge you’ll find the Old Cliff Dwellers Lodge, also known as the Blanche Russell Rock House. It has been restored and still maintains its 1920s charm. Travelers can stay there as they rest from all their activities. There are cabins onsite that offer TVs, coffee, and private bathrooms. There’s even a restaurant that serves but barbecue and sandwiches on a patio that overlooks the desert below. This unique place is actually listed as a National Historic Site in Marble Canyon.

Marble Canyon: GO

Now that we’ve pitched you on just a fraction of the fun things to see and experience in and around Marble Canyon, it’s time for you to book your trip. Just keep it simple by hopping on one of our buses that takes you out to the area where you can leave worry behind and adventure ahead.

Simply enter your travel dates where you book a trip and see what’s available. And you never know, you might get lucky and snag one of our $19 fares!

Las Vegas shuttles

How Las Vegas Shuttles are Changing Travel

Las Vegas shuttles
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Chances are when you think of a shuttle company, you probably think about hitching a ride to the airport. Airport buses are definitely a large part of a shuttle company’s business. There is a high demand for convenient and cheap travel to and from the airport. But many Las Vegas shuttles are more than just buses to and from the airport, offering many different benefits to travelers. That is why we believe that Las Vegas Shuttles are changing and improving the local travel industry for the better.

St. George Express has helped customers reach their destinations for over eight years now. In that time we have learned a lot about travel and how to get it right for our customers. As we have merged with other companies, we have seen our fleet grow and routes increase. We are pleased to be serving customers in Las Vegas and many other areas along I-15.

The benefits of using Las Vegas Shuttles

We all know the benefits of catching a shuttle to the airport. You can skip the hassle and cost of parking and the risk of leaving your vehicle unattended in a lot. Not only that, but a shuttle will conveniently deliver you right where you need to be at the airport. But that is only the beginning of the value we can offer our customers. There are a lot of reasons why you might want to charter a bus, whether it is to make a day trip to a nearby city, to visit family or friends, or to get your kid to college. We understand that travel can be a stressful time, and that is why we do everything we can to improve the experience. We get you to where you need to be so that you can relax and just enjoy your trip.

What we are doing to better serve your travel needs

Customer Support

St George Express is dedicated to better serve you. That is why our office is open 24/7. We want to hear from you and help you out in any way we can. If your plane is late and you miss a shuttle, just give us a call and we will transfer your ticket to the next available shuttle that works for you. And the same goes for any change in plan. Just call us up to a day in advance and we can transfer your ticket to a better departure time. Our office is always open (except Christmas and Thanksgiving, because we aren’t The Grinch) to answer your questions, address your concerns, help coordinate your shuttle times, and do what we can to make your trip the best experience Las Vegas shuttles can provide.

Onboard Services

We are also committed to making sure that our customers have a pleasant and enjoyable trip. That is why we have embraced the modern luxuries technology provides. We offer free Wi-Fi and USB ports so that you can stay connected and charged during your trip, no matter how short or long.

St. George Express is also committed to your comfort. All of our shuttles have individual, partially reclining seats (not benches!), high ceilings, and generous foot room. We also have free cold water available for every passenger so you can stay refreshed during your trip.

Door-to-door pickup in St. George

As we expand our routes, shuttles, and services, we are now offering door-to-door pickup and drop-off anywhere in St George. Because we have merged with Salt Lake Express, we offer more routes than most Las Vegas shuttles, and are the perfect choice for travelers heading from Las Vegas toward Utah, or even farther north into Idaho and Montana.

We are proud to be a Las Vegas Shuttle

We are proud to be among the Las Vegas shuttles serving customers day and night. And we are here to stay! We truly believe that Las Vegas shuttles are continuing to improve the local travel industry for the better, and we are proud to be leading the charge with friendly service and comfortable luxury. So next time you could use a lift, let us be your choice! Charter your ride here.

Hiker on a weekend getaway in St. George

How to Pull Off a Weekend Getaway to St. George

Hiker on a weekend getaway in St. George

If you are looking for a weekend getaway, then St. George should be at the top of your list. Trust us, St. George has you covered, from great weather to delicious food and amazing sights. Not convinced? Check out 5 things to do in St. George Utah.

Whether it’s a romantic getaway with your special someone or just a relaxing weekend adventure with friends, whatever the reason, don’t let fear, uncertainty, or your wallet stop you. So, for all those spur-of-the-moment trips and weekend getaways you always wanted to take but never knew how to pull off, this one is for you.

How to get there

Traveling to St. George has never been easier. St. George Express offers stops from Las Vegas to Helena, Montana, and just about everything in between. Don’t let gas prices, plane tickets, car rentals, or other worries hold you back. Riding with St. George Express has never been easier, more affordable, and more comfortable. Taking a shuttle to St. George is the perfect stress-free way to make your dreams of a weekend getaway a reality. Plug in your device, hook up to the complimentary Wi-Fi, and kick bag and enjoy the extra legroom in all of St. George Express’ shuttles. Catch an early ride so you can maximize your weekend getaway and even make it home in time for work or school when Monday rolls back around.

Where to stay

St. George offers a wide variety of places to stay. From well-known franchises like Best Western and La Quinta Inn and Suites to trendier stays like Inn on the Cliff, which offers a great view of St. George, the options are endless and surprisingly affordable. As you pick a place to stay, remember that even if your chosen hotel advertises a check-in time later in the day, don’t let that stop you from coming into town as early as you can. Most hotels will provide early check-in if you ask. Worst case scenario, they will provide a place to store your bags before your room becomes available. Getting into town sooner than later will be crucial to making the best of your quick weekend getaway.

Feeling extra daring? Skip the hotel and check out nearby camping spots or even just stay for the day and catch a ride home that night. Just remember, deciding where to stay may prove to be the most important decision you make for your weekend getaway. Great views, stunning pools, and delicious restaurants can make all the difference during your quick weekend stay.

What to eat

For the extra-budget trip, pack some basic nonperishable items ahead of time, or plan to pick something up when you arrive in town that you could prepare at your hotel. If you are looking to treat yourself a little, check out our earlier post for some great dining options you won’t want to miss.

Make St. George your next weekend getaway destination.

There you have it. Now that you know how to do it, what else is stopping you? Make St. George your weekend getaway destination. We can help get you here!

Take a shuttle to St George for the holidays.

Take a Shuttle to St George for the Holidays

We would love to highlight the many great things to do in St. George all in one place. How nice would it be to have a one-stop blog for everything St. George? Of course, anyone who has been here knows that there is simply way too much to do in St. George to cover everything in one blog or even one trip. Even around the holidays, this city comes to life. And even though many of the holiday events have passed, there is still plenty to do to justifying taking a shuttle to St George for the holidays.

Here are a few of the things you still have yet to do in St. George this holiday season.

Take a shuttle to St George to see the many events happening at Tuacahn.

Fairy Tale Christmas

Head on over to Tuacahn Canyon for a new holiday musical, written by M. Scott and Michael Mclean. “Fairy Tale Christmas” is a humorous, enjoyable play for the whole family and involves familiar fairy tale villains kidnapping Santa Claus. Why? You’ll have to go check it out at the Indoor Hafen Theater to know their nefarious purposes. This play runs Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm with matinee shows at 4 pm on Friday and Saturday, through December 23rd. Be sure to head over soon! Once Christmas ends, so will this new and fun fairy tale. You can purchase tickets here.

Christmas in the Canyon

When you’re not enjoying the thrill of a fairy tale on stage, you’ll feel like you’re in one anyway as you walk through Tuacahn. Every year, St. George puts on their Christmas in the Canyon every Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This free event includes a holiday train ride and music, a live Nativity at 7 and 8 pm, visits with Santa Claus from 6:30 to 9 pm, and, of course, tons of holiday lights. Truly, you haven’t seen the canyon at its most beautiful until you see it all lit up with twinkling holiday lights. This is definitely something to check out while in town.

Plaid Tidings

This special holiday edition of Forever Plaid comes to Brigham’s Playhouse and like the appearance of Santa Claus is a treat to the region of St George. Enjoy classic holiday tunes in four-part harmony, the group’s hilarious backstory, and, of course, their impeccable taste in plaid. Swing by Washington City for to catch a performance, which will happen Thursdays through Saturdays (7 pm each night with a 2 pm Saturday matinee) through December 30th.

Take a shuttle to St George to be with family and friends for the holidays.

Visit Family & Friends

Holidays are about loved ones, and perhaps there is no better reason to take a shuttle to St George than to spend time with yours. If they’re locals, they’ll know all the fun things to do, including what we have already listed. But no matter what you do, we are happy to have brought you this far. These are the holiday memories that you will cherish forever, and we are honored to be part of that.

Jump on a shuttle to St George with St George Express, and have a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

St. George Restaurants: The 5 You Need to Try

Everyone from families with young kids to foodies will be able to find a restaurant they love in St. George! Whether you are looking for a nice sit-down restaurant or something fast and easy, you will find it in St. George. To help find the perfect place to eat, here’s a list of the top 5  St. George Restaurants that we love:

Cappeletti’s Restaurant

Cappeletti’s is an Italian family-owned restaurant with an Argentinian twist. The casual dining restaurant in downtown St. George opened in 2010. Since opening, the restaurant has quickly become a hot spot for tourists. One of the most popular items on the menu: the beef empanadas! Come try this St. George Restaurant next time you are traveling through St. George.

Sakura

Sakura, a Japanese steakhouse, opened in April 2011. If you like hibachi or sushi, look no further! All the restaurant chefs are trained in Japanese cuisine. Sakura provides a night of authentic food and entertainment that will have you coming back for more!

The Painted Pony

The Painted Pony is in the Ancestor Square Building in the historical area St. George. The restaurant provides a fine southwest cuisine theme. The most popular dishes are the seafood and steak. The Painted Pony offers a casual and romantic environment.

Cliffside Restaurant

St. George is such a beautiful place, so why don’t you enjoy the impressive views from Cliffside. At this restaurant, you can enjoy American cuisine while overlooking the Cliffside. Cliffside offers a full menu for lunch and dinner. A kids menu and desserts are offered or after dinner snacks and picky eaters. On the list of St. George Restaurants, this is a must!

Hawaiian Poke Bowl

Hawaiian Poke Bowl is a favorite place for a lot of St. George locals. This authentic Hawaiian restaurant attracts crowds with their use of fresh, high-quality seafood. Make sure to stop by Hawaiian Poke Bowl on Fridays for Aloha Fridays. On these days this St. George restaurant plays Hawaiian music and puts on a show.

St. George Restaurants That you will Love

We hope this list gives you a little taste of some of the places we love in St. George. There are a lot more options to choose from. Whether you live in St. George, are traveling through or to St. George, we hope you get to try one of these. Come visit anytime, we can help you get here!