Visiting Salt Lake City the subject of satire in recent Onion production

Posted at 10:21 PM, Aug 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-23 00:21:40-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- For those looking to visit Utah, you should know, you can leave at any time. That's the message of a new tourism ad posted by the satirical online magazine, The Onion.

It’s a one minute clip showing the attractions of our state, all the while reminding people they don’t have to see any of it.

A narrator starts off the video saying, “Welcome to Salt Lake City, Utah’s picturesque state capitol and a gateway to the west that you’re free to leave at any point.”

The article states the video is part of a new tourism campaign called, “Free to Leave.”

FOX 13 News set out on Friday to see just how many ways you can get out of the state, if need be. From Le Bus trips to Wendover to the Salt Lake City International Airport, it’s not hard to escape.

However, the satirical message gave more reasons to stay in Utah than not, according to Nick Como of the organization, Downtown Alliance.

“I don’t think there are too many people who wouldn’t think Utah is an almost place or that downtown Salt Lake is an awesome city to live in, so, I think it’s just truth in jest, and it’s just a funny story,” Como said.