Salt Lake City, Utah may be home to the Mormon Church, but it’s also a major draw for those who love winter sports, natural beauty and fantastic snow. Here are 10 reasons to visit Salt Lake City>
Five National Parks in Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah’s capital, is the gateway to five of America’s most popular national parks: Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, and Bryce Canyon. With its massive red-walled canyons and towering sandstone spires, Utah is a land like no other. No wonder so many movies have been filmed here.
Great American Beer Festival in Utah
Yup, you heard right. Salt Lake City, headquarters of the Mormon Church, is home to several award-winning beers. Breweries like Wastach, Squatters and Uinta have been repeat winners at The Great American Beer Festival.
Easy Public Transportation in Salt Lake City
Getting around Salt Lake is easy. The airport is a 10-minute drive from downtown, and the Utah Transit Authority offers clean, efficient service throughout the region (including to the ski resorts). In the convention district, transport on TREX, the light rail system, is free. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Winter Fun in Utah
Even if you’re not into schussing down the slopes, you can still play in Utah’s famous snow. Try snow shoeing at Homestead Resort or strap on some cross country skis at Sundance. And if you’re looking for a thrill, plop on top of an inner tube and sail down the hills at Wasatch Mountain State Park.
Fun Bars in Salt Lake City
When the sun goes down, the town’s night spots come alive. From hip clubs to rowdy sports bars, there’s something for almost everyone. Sample the local Southwest cuisine or try one of the city’s ethnic eateries. Baci Trattori (134 West Pierpont Avenue) and Spencer’s for Steaks & Chops (255 South West Temple) are two local favorites.
Ski Resorts Near Salt Lake City
With 11 resorts within an hour of Salt Lake City, even travelers who leave the east coast at breakfast time can be on the Utah ski slopes by the afternoon. Just fly into Salt Lake City International and grab a shuttle to downtown. Then stow your bags, grab your skis and take a Ski Salt Lake bus to your favorite local ski resort.
Play in Park City
Park City is just twenty minutes’ drive from downtown Salt Lake. The cozy ski town is home to several top resorts, but Deer Valley is the state’s most sophisticated alpine area. With heated sidewalks, perfectly manicured slopes and some of the region’s top dining, the resort reaches new heights in skier luxury.
When the snow’s away, the people still play. Even in the summer, Salt Lake and Park City are a virtual playground for those who love the outdoors. Try mountain biking at Deer Valley, hiking the Great Salt Lake Shoreline or rafting the Provo River.
Snow in Utah
Freshies, pow-pow, whatever you call it, Utahans are so thrilled with the quality of their snow that they’ve pronounced it “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” Due to the “Great Salt Lake effect,” Utah mountain resorts receive an average 500 inches a year (12.7 m) of light, dry snow just perfect for skiing.
If You Travel to Salt Lake City