Preparing for PT 2013
Next week I'll be flying to Salt Lake City in Utah to attend the annual APTA Conference. I was hoping to be at the Combined Sections Meeting earlier this year but wasn't able to coordinate the travel with other plans. Either way, this trip to Salt Lake City will be my first experience at an APTA event and I'm getting excited to participate!
I kind of feel like there two parts to this trip -- trying to prepare for all of the courses I plan to take and getting organized to be a tourist in a new city. After registering, I went to the APTA conference website and ranked the courses that interested me. I have a few events written down that I think will offer some networking opportunities as well as information about the APTA and physical therapy profession in general.
As far as traveling goes, this is where I need to confirm all my research and planning this week. I have maps of restaurants highlighted (my favorite part of traveling), but I still need to confirm my transportation, as I won't have a car there. I've been reading a few "Travel Salt Lake City" websites and found good information about the city. Here are some highlights:
● The airport is only 10 minutes away from downtown.
● Transportation is easy with the Utah Transit Authority bus and TRAX (light-rail) systems. Trains leave the airport every 15 minutes to downtown for a $2.50 fare.
● The Historic Temple Square is located in the heart of downtown, with free tours given daily in 30 languages (three blocks from the Salt Palace Convention Center where the APTA conference is being held).
● The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has rehearsals every Thursday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Salt Lake City also has a twilight concert series at Pioneer Park (six blocks from the convention center) on Thursday nights with food and beer available.
● It's going to be warm: Temperatures will be in the upper 80s and lower 90s during the week of the conference.
● The City Creek Center offers hundreds of stores for shopping (two blocks from the Salt Palace Convention Center).
● Other tourist attractions include the Utah Hogle Zoo, The Leonardo (science museum), Living Planet Aquarium, as well as several parks and gardens to enjoy Utah's landscapes.
● One eccentricity (although several are listed online): Salt Lake City started a program in 2000 to have a blaze-orange colored flag at crosswalks for pedestrians to hold as they cross the street. This initiative resulted in a 31-percent decrease in pedestrian injuries.
Are you planning to attend the conference this year? Have you participated in APTA events in the past? Leave a comment below -- I'd love to meet you there!