Salt Lake CityUnited States of America

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Visit Salt Lake City

Set against a glorious backdrop of mountains and lakes, this historic city is home to one of the world’s most intriguing religions.

The capital of Utah, Salt Lake City, lies between Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch mountains. Famous for its winter sports and historic buildings, the city is blessed with natural beauty and interesting culture. It is known throughout the world as the centre of the Mormon faith, housing the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as one of its earliest temples.

The city was founded in 1847 by Mormon pioneers, who travelled across America from Illinois to establish a new colony on the West coast. One of their first acts was to build the Salt Lake Temple; this imposing neo-Gothic edifice on Temple Square is only open to church members, but the nearby Church History Museum provides an informative overview of the religion that inspired it.

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building, a former hotel built in the style of the Italian Renaissance, is a fine example of the architectural heritage of the past, while the ultramodern Salt Lake Public Library Main Building, opened in 2003, uses state-of-the-art techniques to interpret architect Moshe Safdie’s stunning designs.

Among the city’s many visitor attractions, the Clark Planetarium and Living Planet Aquarium are popular with families. The world-class collection at the Utah Museum of Fine Art will keep culture-vultures entertained all day, with exhibits ranging from Ancient Egyptian artefacts to contemporary paintings.

Since it hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, skiers and winter sports fans have been flocking to Salt Lake City, while in the summer the mountain trails and lakes provide opportunities for walking, fishing, sailing and camping. Nature-lovers are well catered for in this unspoilt corner of America, with the carefully landscaped plantings of Red Butte Garden and Arboretum and the untamed beauty of Utah Lake State Park offering diverse ways to enjoy the great outdoors.

Getting around the city centre is easy, with a Free Fare Zone on the UTA public transport network. During the ski season the resorts are served by shuttles.

Top hotels in Salt Lake City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Little America Hotel
Little America Hotel
4 out of 5
500 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT
NZ$138
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

Located near the slopes, this Downtown Salt Lake City hotel is situated in the city centre, within a 15-minute walk of Eagle Gate College and Capitol Theater, ...

4.3/5Excellent! (8,887 reviews)

"Check-in wasdifficult and confusing. We couldn't find the office."…"

Reviewed on 14 Dec. 2019

Little America Hotel
Hotel RL Salt Lake City
Hotel RL Salt Lake City
3 out of 5
161 W 600 S, Salt Lake City, UT
NZ$128
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

Located near the slopes, this Downtown Salt Lake City hotel is situated in the city centre and within 1 mile (2 km) of Classic Cars International Museum, Salt ...

3.6/5Good! (3,721 reviews)

"The staff were very kind and extremely helpful. They were willing to assist me a difficult situation and did so with grace."…"

Reviewed on 15 Dec. 2019

Hotel RL Salt Lake City
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
NZ$151
per night
Dec 21 - Dec 22

Located near the slopes, this Downtown Salt Lake City hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and Capitol Theater, and is convenient ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (5,074 reviews)

"Good parking, sidewalks, road, doors, were all in good working order."…"

Reviewed on 14 Dec. 2019

Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City - Downtown

Popular things to do in Salt Lake City

Temple Square
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Temple Square

4.5/5(14 reviews)

The spiritual centre of Salt Lake City is dominated by the neo-Gothic headquarters of the Mormon Church.

Alta Ski Area
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trover photo by Katie Allen

Alta Ski Area

4/5(1 review)

Alta Mountain is most famous for one quirk: Only skiers are allowed on its slopes. What you sacrifice in Alta snowboarding, however, you more than gain in local atmosphere. 

Salt Lake Temple
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Salt Lake Temple

4.5/5(10 reviews)

Unless you’re a member of the Mormon Church, you won’t be able to see inside this historic building, but you can’t miss its imposing exterior.

Tabernacle
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Tabernacle

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Experience the architectural and acoustic wonder of this landmark structure, which has awed visitors and worshippers with its unique design since 1875.

Utah State Capitol
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Utah State Capitol

4/5(9 reviews)

Join a tour of the elegant home of Utah’s state government and see its beautifully preserved neoclassical architecture, period decorations and artworks.

Clark Planetarium
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Clark Planetarium

Travel to the moon, see a cosmic light show and follow the world’s weather patterns at this state-of-the-art attraction.

Top activities in Salt Lake City

Park City Snowboard Rental Package
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Park City Snowboard Rental Package

NZ$55

Kick your winter trip into gear with rental equipment from the pros that know the mountain best. Get your boots, bindings, and standard board custom fitted by a professional, so you can focus on being first in line to hit the slopes.

Ski City Super Pass
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Ski City Super Pass

NZ$513

If you’re going to ski or board Salt Lake this year, the Super Pass is your ticket to getting a whole lot of stuff for less. For starters, the multi-day Super Pass gives you a deep discount on lift tickets, and you can customize your pass for 3 – 10 days.

Park City Ski Rental Package
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Park City Ski Rental Package

NZ$67

Kick your ski trip into gear with rental equipment from the pros that know the mountain best. Get your Preferred skis, poles, and boots custom fitted by a professional, so you can focus on being first in line to hit the slopes.

Brighton & Solitude Ski Rental Package
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Brighton & Solitude Ski Rental Package

NZ$71

Kick your Ski City trip into gear with rental equipment from the pros who know the mountain best. Get your skis, poles, and boots custom fitted by a professional, so you can focus on being first in line to hit the slopes.

Operation City Quest of Salt Lake City, UT
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Operation City Quest of Salt Lake City, UT

NZ$16

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

Salt Lake City Puzzling Adventure
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Salt Lake City Puzzling Adventure

NZ$10

Choose your own start time and embark on your adventure. With your smartphone as your guide, go on a brain-teasing and educational walking tour of your chosen neighborhood. Visit a series of locations and answer the questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction.

Reviews of Salt Lake City

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Dianne/Michael

Nov 18, 2019

Great place to visit so many little gems to explore

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 9, 2019

Visited Fort Douglas Military Museum. Most interesting. Very clean city.

4/5 - Good

Pam

Oct 5, 2019

Salt Lake as a city is easy to get around More of a launching place for holidays in Utah’s National Parks or the snow fields of Park City.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 5, 2019

We have family in SLC and spent time in the Unitas mountains which are awesome.

5/5 - Excellent

Phil

Jul 18, 2019

Cannot wait to return. This city is a real hidden gem in the US west.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 28, 2019

Didn’t expect too much but pleasantly surprised.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Salt Lake City

How to Spend a Weekend in Salt Lake City
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How to Spend a Weekend in Salt Lake City

From breathtaking mountains and historic squares to the fastest place on the planet, Salt Lake City is alive with magic.

Best Day Trips from Salt Lake City
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Best Day Trips from Salt Lake City

From prehistoric salt flats and heritage railways to stunning ski slopes and ghost towns, Salt Lake City offers great getaways.

Fall in Park City
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Fall in Park City

Escaping to Park City in autumn

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