With the onset of August brings the days of back-to-school prepping, and as the sun begins to set on another summer season it’s easy to fall into the season ending slump. But while the sun still shines and days are still more free to explore, take advantage of the opportunity to make the transition into fall a celebratory occasion. Whether enjoying the best in back-to-school shopping or coordinating a fun final hurrah for the whole family, getaway to The Grand America for connection, relaxation, and a whole lot of summer’s end fun. 


Back-to-School Shopping 


The best in back-to-school fashions are just a train ride away. Make the end of summer fun for everyone by creating an adventurous day out of your back-to-school checklist. As The Grand America is located right across the street from the TRAX station, you and your family can conveniently access downtown Salt Lake City’s best shopping. For your little fashionistas that prefer department store digs, City Creek Mall is only two train stops away. Or if your tiny trendsetter finds inspiration in all things unique, find eco-friendly outfits at a variety of Salt lake City vintage and secondhand shops


Plus, you can shop for the start of the new school year right on property. The Grand America is home to our own collection of retail stores, The Shops at The Grand. For puzzles and strategy games to get minds sharp for school days, and for dress up costumes, stuffed animals, and more to keep imaginative play throughout the year, head to JouJou for toys and games for every kind of kid. For everyday essentials and a lineup of sweet after-school treats, Sunlight Sundries has something for everyone. And for all the grownup back-to-school needs, our specialty clothing and accessory boutique Raindrops & Roses and our signature store Grand Collection have everything from luxury sunglasses to Grand America featured tableware. 


Check-off Your Summer Bucket List


Whether you’re rushing to get some classic summer activities accomplished, or if you’re looking to go a second round on seasonal favorites, a Grand America getaway is an ideal way to get the most out of the final summer days. 


Still looking to get some pool time in? Our seasonal outdoor pool is the perfect spot to grab a deck chair and relax. With poolside dining and house-made ice cream served on site, the Grand America pool is an ideal place to soak up the sun and some needed relaxation. 


After needed relaxation, get your adventure really going. Located in the heart of downtown, but only a short 20-40 minute drive to many of the major canyons in the Wasatch Mountains, when you stay at The Grand, your next big adventure is always just around the corner. Whether taking the scenic route and exploring the best hiking and mountain biking, or taking advantage of the vibrant downtown activities like Broadway shows, art museums, and children’s activities, there’s an adventure for every style of family bonding. 


Raise a Toast to Summer 


Before saying a bittersweet farewell to another summer of fun, raise a toast in salute of all the good times you were able to share together. For intimate gatherings in a warm and beautiful setting, dine together at Laurel Brasserie & Bar. With modern American favorites that everyone can enjoy, a meal together at Laurel is the perfect place to share your best memories while sharing great food. The cherry on top of celebratory stay, stop by Bonne Vie where sweet treats, savory classic pastries, and our celebrated house-made ice cream will end your summer on the most delicious note.