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Salt Lake City Travel Guide

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Plan Your Salt Lake City Vacation

Nestled at the foot of the rugged Wasatch Mountains and extending to the south shore of the Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake City is a small, navigable city at the heart of a metropolitan area with more than 1 million residents. The Salt Lake valley offers one of the most striking landscapes of any American city, and its proximity to wilderness lures residents and visitors alike all year

long. Fall and spring are heavenly. Canyon breezes turn hot summer afternoons into enjoyable evenings, and snowy winter days are moderated with temperatures warmer than those at most ski destinations.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Downtown The Mormon Church is centered here in a beautifully landscaped four-square-block compound called Temple Square, but just as many downtown visitors will enjoy the massive new commercial and shopping complex called City Creek, plus the walkable surrounding streets that house restaurants, bars (yes, they have them here), theaters, EnergySolutions Arena, and plenty more.
  2. Wasatch Front Mountains Leave city life and enter cool canyons replete with fascinating topography, flora, and fauna.
  3. Olympic Legacy The "Light the Fire Within" theme of the 2002 Winter Games is still seen everywhere. The games helped put Salt Lake City on the map as a tourist destination, and there are still plenty of ways to experience the excitement of the Winter Olympics.
  4. Inland Sea Explore the Great Salt Lake by car or on foot or bicycle. If you're here in the summer, take a float off the beaches at Antelope Island—the water is so salty, it's impossible to sink!
  5. Pow-pow-powder Schuss the "greatest snow on earth" within 45 minutes of the airport at seven resorts.

When To Go

When to Go

Spring and fall are the best times to visit Salt Lake City, as cooler afternoons give way to idyllic breezy evenings. Summertime high temperatures aver...

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