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Our Burning Festival passion for Salt Lake City

Published: 04/17/2015
By Alex Bell, Motorhome Republic -- With its Carnival of Mirrors theme, Burning Man Festival 2015 is shaping up to be the best ever. Demand for tickets is through the roof, which means RV rentals for Burning Man are also selling out fast. While it’s extremely difficult to book a motorhome pick-up in spots such as Reno, San Francisco and LA, due to excessive demand, there’s another iconic US destination you should consider for your Aug 30-Sep 7 adventure – Salt Lake City.

Salt of the earth

Just one direct, Highway 80 journey away, there may be around 578 miles and nine hours of driving involved, but Salt Lake City is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city on the rise. And while many people picture the gorgeous, snow-laden mountains when they think of SLC, there’s way more to enjoy, especially in an RV rental – beautiful campground options, a variety of restaurants and distilleries and an eclectic nightlife with live music everywhere. It’s the ideal preparation for your Burning Man 2015 adventure and Motorhome Republic can deliver you the best deal on RV rental in Salt Lake City.

The social side of Salt Lake City – bars, clubs and restaurants

Thanks to an emerging brewing and distilling scene, there are a number of new places to enjoy different beers. As a primer for Burning Man 2015, the likes of Squatters, Uinta, Red Rock, Wasatch and EPIC all offer a warm welcome. Or perhaps a spirit is more your tipple? Jack Rabbit Gin will certainly hit the spot, thanks to Beehive Distilling. Park City’s High West Distillery and Saloon also enjoys an outstanding reputation for whisky and vodka.

So once you’ve seen how it’s all produced, where in Salt Lake City can you relax and get to know the locals? Well, SLC is perfectly structured for travellers, with thousands landing there for ski season every year. Therefore new bars, concert venues and modern drinking spots abound. For one of the biggest beer selections, the Beerhive should be your first port of call – check out their Facebook page here. There are so many ales and lagers to choose from, you won’t know where to start. And the quality pool tables downstairs will get your competitive juices going. Gracie’s has a great reputation, thanks to an outdoor deck and tasty food, with Whiskey Street described as a very cool ‘old school’ bar. And for live music, The State Room is an intimate concert venue that gets you up close and personal with the many artists on show.

Combining alcohol and food, The Bayou offers 300 different beers and a Cajun-influenced menu. Award-winning and always busy, there’s weekly specials and an edgier vibe. The Himalayan Kitchen delivers authentic Indian and Nepalese cuisine, while Garage on Beck serves up world-class jazz and Golden Spike Onion Rings to die for. For a slice of Europe and South America, grab small plates of tapas at Eva and funky Mexican from the bright and breezy Frida Bistro.

Salt Lake City campgrounds, RV options and accommodation

While the downtown area doesn’t have many camping options, around 20 minutes away is the stunning Mill Creek Canyon. Church Fork and South Box are just a couple of scenic spots that require a small rental fee, while a little further afield is Park City. Here’s a handful of sites to consider:
 - Spruces Camground, Big Cottonwood Canyon, is at an elevation of 7500 feet and has RV Non-Electric facilities, about 25 minutes from downtown SLC.
 - Tanners Flat, UT Campground, Little Cottonwood Canyon, has seven group sites with toilets and even volleyball!
 - Albion Basin Campground is a hidden gem, especially during summer with its picturesque setting. There are 18 standard non-electric RV sites.
 - Mountain Valley RV Resort, Heber City, is an hour’s drive from central SLC but is billed as one of the finest resorts in the western United States.  

With such a well set up tourism infrastructure, another idea is to arrive a few days before picking up your RV rental and stay at an SLC hotel. From $9 to $260 a night, you are spoilt for choice.

The only choice for your RV rental

Whatever you decide, a Salt Lake RV rental for Burning Man Festival 2015 is the way to go. Motorhome Republic has the best range of vehicles, ranging from two berths to seven-plus. Self-contained, Class C, self-contained with toilet and shower…all your boxes will be ticked. Any questions, just get in touch with our expert customer service team. We offer motorhome rentals in 25 countries, with thousands of ‘Burners’ using our site to transport them to the most exciting week on earth. So don’t miss out…book today.