Salt Lake CityUnited States of America

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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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$160
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eagle Gate College and Capitol Theater. Salt Palace and Temple Square are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (9,080 reviews)

"I was told about the $15 parking fee but I was charged $25 for over parking and the heater in 7161 was noisy all night"…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020

Little 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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$159
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and Capitol Theater. Salt Palace and Temple Square ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (5,277 reviews)

"Loved that the room was spacious, there was a micro/fridge AND coffee maker in the room! Also the breakfast was great, and the pool was open til midnight! Price was good,too! I'll definitely stay again!☮💙😁"…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020

Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City - Downtown
Hotel RL Salt Lake City
Hotel RL Salt Lake City
3 out of 5
161 W 600 S, Salt Lake City, UT
NZ$126
per night
Mar 25 - Mar 26

Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Classic Cars International Museum, Salt Palace and Capitol Theater. City Creek Center ...

3.6/5Good! (3,974 reviews)

"it’s good. i got it for my parents and they said it was great."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020

Hotel RL Salt Lake City

Popular activities in Salt Lake City

Temple Square
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Temple Square

4.5/5(15 reviews)

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

Snowbird Ski Resort
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Snowbird Ski Resort

4/5(1 review)

Fly like a snowbird down the slopes at the Snowbird Ski Resort in Salt Lake City, Utah. When the temperatures are low and the powder is fresh, there’s no better way to spend a chilly winter day than warming up on the inviting slopes at this resort.

Alta Ski Area
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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. 

Solitude Mountain Resort
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Solitude Mountain Resort

Escape the crowds to enjoy winter and summer sports, scenic chairlift rides, a European-style village and gourmet dining in this resort at Utah’s Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Hogle Zoo
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Hogle Zoo

4/5(1 review)

At this zoo outside Salt Lake City meet creatures from all over the world, from exotic African lions to Utah native gray wolves.

Conference Center
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Conference Center

5/5(2 reviews)

Tour the massive auditorium of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which seats over 21,000 people and is anchored by a 7,667-pipe organ.

Top activities in Salt Lake City

Park City Snowboard Rental Package
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Park City Snowboard Rental Package

NZ$54
Per adult
Ski City Super Pass
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Ski City Super Pass

84% of travellers recommend
NZ$509
Per adult
Park City Ski Rental Package
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Park City Ski Rental Package

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$67
Per adult
Brighton & Solitude Ski Rental Package
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Brighton & Solitude Ski Rental Package

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$70
Per adult
Operation City Quest of Salt Lake City, UT
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Operation City Quest of Salt Lake City, UT

NZ$15
Per adult
Alta & Snowbird Ski Rental Package
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Alta & Snowbird Ski Rental Package

NZ$58
Per adult

Reviews of Salt Lake City

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Top Destination

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Dianne/Michael

Nov 18, 2019

Great place to visit so many little gems to explore

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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 traveller

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 traveller

May 28, 2019

Didn’t expect too much but pleasantly surprised.

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