5 Fun getaways to heat up your Summer.

Summer is heating up in Salt Lake City. Our team has curated the perfect list of local staycations for you to have fun, enjoy live entertainment all on a budget.

  • Enjoy live music under the stars, when Uncle Kracker plays the Wendover Nugget: July 2nd
  • Feel the need for speed at Bonneville Speed Week: August 6-12
  • Bask in the splendor of the Ruby Mountains
  • Skip Work, You Deserve it! Come bask poolside and beat the heat
  • Sunday Funday with Boozy Brunch

See Uncle Kracker on July 2nd

This summer, the Wendover Nugget Hotel & Casino is proud to welcome Uncle Kracker to the stage, in what is sure to be the biggest concert of the year! With tickets costing only $30 bucks it’s a surefire opportunity to have a great night.

Uncle Kracker is a multi-platinum recording artist with hits like “Follow Me” and “Smile.” He’s sure to get you up on your feet and dancing all night long. So, whether you’re a country fan, a rock fan, or just a fan of good music, this is the concert for you! Tickets are on sale now for the July 2nd show, so don’t wait – get yours today!

“It’s meant to be a party, and I want everybody involved. Each time we go on stage, I want people to leave smiling.” – Uncle Kracker.

Uncle Kracker has been making music for over two decades. In that time, he’s played sold-out shows across the country and appeared everywhere from the American Country Music Awards to Late Night With Conan O’Brien. Fans worldwide undoubtedly will have an experience of a lifetime when they see him on the road. Uncle Kracker’s music is a unique blend of country, rock, and pop, and his live shows are high-energy affairs filled with music, laughter, and good times. If you’re looking for a fun night out, there’s no better place to be than at an Uncle Kracker concert.

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Ticket prices: $30 for General Admission

Purchase Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uncle-kracker-tickets-277283371027

Concert gate open: 7 p.m.

Show starts at 8 p.m.

*Please note: This event will be hosted outdoors. Rain or Shine. Wendover Nugget Casino Hotel is not responsible for, and will not replace any ticket that is lost, damaged, or destroyed. Refunds are only available if the concert is canceled due to severe weather/unforeseen circumstances before the opening artist takes the stage.

No dogs, No coolers, No open containers.

Race over Bonneville Speed Week

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Incomparable to any other racing venue around the globe, the storied Bonneville Salt Flats is home to all kinds of speed-shattering records, vintage cars shows and other curiosities. Don’t miss a trip to Wendover to witness a car shatter the sound barrier at the Bonneville Salt Flats races. The Bonneville Salt Flats is an area of natural beauty that stretches 12 miles long and five miles wide. This fragile resource administered by the Bureau of Land Management, of white salt-crusted terrain on the edge of the Great Salt Lake basin, can be found along the I-80 near Utah / Nevada borderline, less than 10 miles from Wendover city. Cars race on the smooth, level surface that is ideal for achieving high speeds. In addition, the environment of the salt flats provides an unforgettable landscape rarely seen.

After the races are over, be sure to stop by the Wendover Nugget that hosts nightly vintage and classic cars in the east parking lot. Enjoy a cold beverage, live music and walk amongst hundreds of classic cars and trucks all restored to their glory days. Truly a sight to behold.

Have an Adventure and Check out the Ruby Mountains

(Courtesy of Hiker) | Ruby Mountains.

(Courtesy of Hiker) | Ruby Mountains.

Who knew that Elko Nevada, is home to one of the most beautiful mountain rages in North America? All roads lead somewhere amazing out here, but the arguable centerpiece of the Elko region is the glacier-carved range known as the Ruby Mountains, accessed via Lamoille Canyon Scenic Byway. Adorned with alpine peaks, lakes, and flowing streams, tree-lined canyons, and horizon-chasing, high-desert valleys, Elko County is vast and varied and arguably the stunning centerpiece of Nevada.

So, where is Elko, Nevada? Sitting slightly above 5,000 feet, this thriving Nevada city is less than a three-hour drive from downtown Salt Lake City. Elko is a confluence of old Cowboy and Western cultures. With so much to explore around here, there’s no shortage of things to do or outdoor activities to enjoy. In town, head for cultural institutions that anchor Nevada’s artistic heritage, check out some of Nevada’s most iconic restaurants, explore dozens of murals and free public art, or hit up one of our classic sagebrush saloons, which offer a different kind of perspective on the old West.

While in town, stay where the cowboys and old-timers call home; the recently remodeled Maverick Casino and Hotel. Enjoy spotless rooms, a great pool, Aspens Steakhouse and many of the other amenities that are sure to make your weekend getaway as much fun as you can imagine.

Bikini Time poolside at the Wendover Nugget

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What’s summer without a dip in the pool? Summertime is the perfect time to book a cabana, grab some cocktails and soak up that summer sun. After a great day at the races on the Bonneville Salt Flats, partying to Uncle Kracker, scoring big at the tables or slots, put on your suit and get poolside for fun and relaxation

Summertime brings live DJ music, great cocktails and the full pool party experience to the Wendover Nugget. The weekend party, popularly referred to as Quench, has gained in popularity and is quickly evolving into the premier daytime destination in Wendover.

Lounge chairs and cabanas provide a comfortable place to relax, while the rotation of DJs keeps the energy flowing. And of course, no pool party is complete without refreshments, so be sure to grab a drink from the bar before finding a spot by the pool. Whether you’re looking to lounge or socialize, poolside is the place to be this summer.

Sunday Funday at the Boozy Brunch at the Wendover Nugget Hotel and Casino

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(Maverick Gaming) | courtesy of Maverick Gaming.

Head over to the Wendover Nugget for their famous boozy brunch, as well as the bananas foster waffle, build your own omelet station, classic eggs benedict, chicken and waffles, etc. Located inside the Grand Harvest Café the brunch features premium cocktails and oversized brunch specialties. The possibilities, and fun, are endless when you combine great cocktails and your favorite brunch items. For something fruity and refreshing, try a mimosa made with orange juice and sparkling wine. Or, if you’re in the mood for something a little stronger, opt for a bloody Mary spiked with vodka. If you really want to indulge, go for a decadent champagne cocktail made with cream and chocolate liqueur.

Food offerings include an array of both sweet and savory dishes like eggs, bacon and pastries.

It’s a great way to set the tone for a fun-filled day—boozy brunches are becoming increasingly popular, as they offer a unique way to socialize and enjoy good food and drinks. Sundays don’t have to suck. If you’re looking for something different to do on a Sunday, why not try the boozy brunch?

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