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Salt Lake City, UT
Travel Guide

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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.

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Where to stay in Salt Lake City

Little America Hotel
Little America Hotel
4 out of 5
500 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $86 per night from May 1 to May 2
Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eagle Gate College and Eccles Theater. Salt Palace and Temple Square are also ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,880 reviews)
"Place is every bit as luxurious as the grand America hotel across the street. If your in salt lake city stay here."

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Little America Hotel
The Grand America Hotel
The Grand America Hotel
5 out of 5
555 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $229 per night from May 8 to May 9
Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eagle Gate College and Eccles Theater. Salt Palace and Temple Square are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (952 reviews)
"Location great for walking to restaurants, shopping and some attractions"

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

The Grand America Hotel
Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City - Downtown
Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City - Downtown
3 out of 5
230 W 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $96 per night from May 1 to May 2
Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Palace, and Vivint Smart Home Arena. Temple ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,865 reviews)
"Clean, comfortable rooms! Friendly staff. Convenient location!"

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City - Downtown
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.
Sunny's Garden Homestay
Sunny's Garden Homestay
West Jordan, UT
The price is $239 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22
This family-friendly West Jordan apartment building is located in the mountains, 3 mi (4.9 km) from Jordan Landing, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Utah Olympic Oval ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
great property would stay again
"loved the activities, pool table, ping pong table etc t.v. didn't realize it was a downstairs space but everything else was awesome. super friendly and helpful host."

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Sunny's Garden Homestay
Urban Oasis in the City 1bd/ Retreat /wifi
Urban Oasis in the City 1bd/ Retreat /wifi
Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $79 per night from May 9 to May 10
Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Gallivan Center, Eccles Theater, and City Creek Center. Salt Palace and ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Cute Clean Place in Convenient Location
"This was a nice little place, well done and convenient location downtown."

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2021

Urban Oasis in the City 1bd/ Retreat /wifi
1 Bedroom Suite Access to a Heated Pool & Hot Tub + Free Breakfast Buffet
1 Bedroom Suite Access to a Heated Pool & Hot Tub + Free Breakfast Buffet
Midvale, UT
The price is $129 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
Situated in Midvale, this condo building is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Gardner Village and within 3 mi (5 km) of Jungle Jim's Playland and Fashion Place Mall. Eagle ...
1 Bedroom Suite Access to a Heated Pool & Hot Tub + Free Breakfast Buffet
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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Reviews of Salt Lake City

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5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 3, 2020

Salt Lake City is BEAUTIFUL!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 1, 2020

It was currently on fire, but I’ve been there before and liked it.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 29, 2020

Hotel experience was horrible and Ruined My stay In Salt Lake City

3/5 - Okay

JB

May 26, 2020

Friendly staff and the room was very nice, just horrible getting through the halls or riding up the elevator

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 21, 2020

Born & raised here some of the laws are stupid due to the mormons owning the whole state ide move if i could

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 21, 2020

Very busy city. Did not have time to see anything this trip due to being in Park City with Fords ST SUV Experience.

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