Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah’s attractive capital boasts a flourishing downtown district and offers easy access to the skiing, hiking and mountain biking runs of the Wasatch Mountains.

Though travelers often rush through Salt Lake City on their way to the nearby ski resorts and surreal red-rock landscapes of Utah’s national parks, this increasingly cosmopolitan city is well worth thoroughly exploring. Learn about the city’s Mormon heritage, browse exhibitions in its fascinating museums and sample local beers and regional fare in its new wave of trendy restaurants.

Stroll around town and admire the numerous examples of interesting architecture. Look for the striking glass façade and curved sweep of the Moshe Safdie-designed Salt Lake City Public Library and the imposing turreted Salt Lake Temple, which is topped by a gold-leaf covered statue of the Angel Moroni. Only members of the Latter-day Saints (LDS) church are allowed to enter.

While you’re on Temple Square, be sure to stop by the visitors centers. Staff here will be happy to answer your questions on the Mormon faith. Join a 45-minute guide-led tour of the square to find out more about its significance to the Mormon community.

When it comes to museums, Salt Lake City excels, with its highly regarded museums and educational institutions. Examine paleontological displays at the Natural History Museum of Utah, go stargazing at the Clark Planetarium and survey artworks ranging from tribal to modern in style at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Children will be kept agog at the interactive Discovery Gateway museum and the Hogle Zoo. Salt Lake City is also a common destination for family history researchers. Find out more about your ancestors at the Family History Library.

For outdoor adventurers, fun is never far in Salt Lake City, with the Wasatch Mountains and Antelope Island on the city’s doorstep. Venture southeast of the city to Snowbird for snow sports in the winter months and hiking and biking in summer.

Salt Lake City is located in northern Utah. Fly into Salt Lake City International Airport. To get around the downtown area, use the public bus network or the bike-share system. For destinations outside the city center, it’s advisable to rent a car.

Where to stay in Salt Lake City

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport
2 out of 5
61 Tommy Thompson Rd, Salt Lake City, UT, 84116
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $94 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Salt Lake City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,239 reviews)
"This was very convenient to airport parking"

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Salt Lake City Airport
Little America Hotel
Little America Hotel
4 out of 5
500 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
The price is $111 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Salt Lake City. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the restaurant and the WiFi in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,877 reviews)
"Nice service. Within blue line allowing for free use of transit. Facilities getting old and currently being updated."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Little America Hotel
The Grand America Hotel
The Grand America Hotel
5 out of 5
555 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
The price is $319 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Salt Lake City. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 bars/lounges, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (977 reviews)
"5 star caliber service"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

The Grand America Hotel
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Beverly ✦ Luxurious & Spacious ✦ Townhome ✦ Tesla ✦ Gym ✦ Peloton
Beverly ✦ Luxurious & Spacious ✦ Townhome ✦ Tesla ✦ Gym ✦ Peloton
Draper, UT
The price is $150 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this property in Draper. Enjoy an outdoor pool, a water park, and WiFi. Popular attractions Cowabunga Bay Water Park and Airborne Trampoline Arena are ...
Beverly ✦ Luxurious & Spacious ✦ Townhome ✦ Tesla ✦ Gym ✦ Peloton
InTown Suites Extended Stay Salt Lake City UT - Midvale
InTown Suites Extended Stay Salt Lake City UT - Midvale
2.5 out of 5
151 W 7200 South, Midvale, UT, 84047
Stay at this aparthotel in Midvale. Enjoy free parking, WiFi, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Fashion Place Mall and Gardner Village are located ...
3.4/5 Good! (9 reviews)
Good stay
"Great stay, good room nice little kitchen. Large screen tv. You even get to keep the towels. Will be staying here again if in town."

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2022

InTown Suites Extended Stay Salt Lake City UT - Midvale
The Kimball at Temple Square
The Kimball at Temple Square
3 out of 5
150 N Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT, 84103
The price is $153 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3-star condo in Salt Lake City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the overall value ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (314 reviews)
"Rooms are dated, but otherwise the hotel alternative was awesome. Rooms are large, nice kitchen with microwave, dishes, coffeemaker- everything you need for a family vacation. And, walking distance to temple square. Would stay again! 😀"

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2021

The Kimball at Temple Square
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Salt Lake City

The chance to go skiing, hiking and enjoy other outdoor activities draws many visitors to Salt Lake City. If this is the case for you, you'll need a rental vehicle. Get one from the airport or from one of the numerous companies in the city center. In downtown Salt Lake City, though, you can get around fairly easily on the TRAX public transportation service, which incorporates buses and a light railway. Visit the Utah Transit Authority website.Browse Salt Lake City rental cars.

Best time to visit

With sizzling summers and cold, snowy winters, Salt Lake City is best seen in late spring, unless you are planning a winter sports trip. Aim to visit in April or May, when daytime temperatures will be between the low 60s F and the low 70s F (15-20 C). Take advantage of the moderate temperatures to discover the many outdoor activities available in and around the city and on the nearby lakes.

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