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Rick Steves: 20 Cities - 20 Days

Rick Steves is the O.G.—Original Guide, that is—when it comes to travel personalities. Long before there was a slew of pretty heads on cable channels dedicated solely to the art of seeing the world, Steves had best-selling guidebooks, a public radio show and a wildly popular television series chronicling some of the most idyllic, postcard-worthy places in Europe.

Furthermore, while most travel celebs nowadays focus entirely on which part of town to head to for hip hotels, trendy restaurants and the newest fashionable clubs, Steves focuses on the bigger picture of adventuring in far-off places. Sure, he knows such detailed elements, but his type of advice always feels a bit more contextually astute.

For instance, he strongly suggests being independent. Every time Steves sets foot in another quaint European city, he’s not with 100 or so other Americans on a tour bus taking snapshots out of tinted windows; he’s knee-deep, carrying a daypack and walking village streets. Also, he’s one to get off the beaten path a bit to see things not covered in typical glossy travel guides.

Perhaps Steves’ most memorable advice is that the best thing you can do, wherever you may be traveling, is to immerse yourself in the culture by becoming a “temporary local.” So, when in Rome, he may hit the Vatican or the ruins of the Coliseum, but he will also do as the actual Romans do and seek out the smaller charms of the city suitable for someone who’s looking for something a bit old school. Join Steves for a lecture and book signing. (Jacob Stringer)

Rick Steves @ Salt Lake City Main Library Auditorium, 210 E. 400 South, 801-524-8200,

March 5, 7 p.m., free, with ticket required for entry.

Date: Mar 5, 2012
Time: 7 pm
Phone: 801-524-8200
Address: 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 84111
Where: Main Library