This city is filled with cultural amenities and world-class attractions and activities sure to appeal to all ages. Host to the 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City is also the gateway to ten National Parks within a day's drive: Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Great Basin National Park, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park – North Rim, and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Utah's history is fascinating, learn more before you plan your trip!
Staying here close to downtown amenities, you'll also be minutes away from towering mountains, deep canyons, and scenic byways. Dining here is a culinary adventure, with hundreds of restaurants offering a remarkable variety of cuisine and atmosphere. Salt Lake offers a myriad of possibilities for terrific shopping excursions, sightseeing, and cultural experiences. Take the Historic Downtown Walking Tour with 58 historic buildings and sites encompassing over 100 years of the city's history and architecture. Numbered signs identify each building and explain its significance. Enjoy a family safari and see hundreds of animals including bears, giraffes, red pandas, snakes, and elephants at the Hogle Zoo. Relax on a sunset dinner cruise on the Great Salt Lake. Experience a multimedia star show in a state-of-the-art full-dome star theatre. Travel back in time as you tour an authentic pioneer village. Dig up facts about dinosaurs, history, mining, or your very own ancestors. Or, visit one of fifteen national parks and monuments, all within a day's drive.
Salt Lake is the perfect base for outdoor enthusiasts with countless adventures in nature's playground, including golf, hiking, and biking. The Wasatch Mountain Range just minutes east of the city is home to seven ski and summer resorts that offer activities for all ages and interests. Rugged mountains, breathtaking waterfalls and rivers, and bottomless canyons create a spectacular setting for fishing, hiking, kayaking, hunting, camping, hot air balloon rides, mountain biking, backpacking, and horseback riding.
Just east is the Little Cottonwood Canyon, taking you to Alta and Snowbird, two ski resorts that become a nice, secluded mountain getaway in the summer. The canyon drive is spectacular and is part of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It's a great day trip when you are staying in Salt Lake City and for those wanting to get away, the area makes a great place to hike and enjoy beuatiful wildflowers and scenery. Read more things to do and get great summer vacation ideas for your trip.
Click on the categories and activities to see why Salt Lake City is fast becoming one of America's foremost vacation destinations. A beautiful, safe, and vibrant city, Salt Lake combines unparalleled access to natural recreation, a bustling economy, dynamic nightlife, remarkable history, and warm hospitality. Here you'll find the savings you need to make this summer vacation the best yet.
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