If you’re into outdoor adventures, then Salt Lake City, Utah is your version of Disneyland! With outdoor activities that range from skiing to biking, hiking, and climbing, this is a city that offers it all when it comes to doing stuff outside. Here are a few tips for planning a great trip to Salt Lake City.
Recommended Outdoor Adventures
If you’re planning to visit Salt Lake City during the winter, be sure to plan a few days to play in the mountains. With nine different ski resorts in the area, one is sure to appeal to your skiing preferences. Snowboarding is available, and you can even try your skills on the superpipe or in one of the bowls. There are also places to go cross-country skiing if that’s more your jam.
Fall, spring and summer trips are just as entertaining outdoors. During the non-snowy times of the year, you can hike to scenic destinations with names like Willow Lake, Albion Basin, and Lake Blanche. Scaling up steep cliffs is also a thing in Salt Lake City. For that type of adventure, head to the mouth of Parley’s Canyon to make your way up the Iron Curtain, and Riptide Wall. Dogwood Crag is another place to climb, and it’s nearby in the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. For biking, GPS places like City Creek Canyon in Memory Grove Park, Jordan River Parkway, and Sugar House Park.
Other Things to Do
If outdoor adventures aren’t your thing, then you’ll still find ways to have fun in Salt Lake City. Visit Leonardo to see interesting works of art or stop by the Clark Planetarium to learn more about space. The Natural History Museum of Utah is near the downtown area. Take a few hours there to see how Salt Lake City was settled, who the first residents were, and interesting artifacts. It’s one of the finest local museums in the country. Check for special exhibits like the Chocolate and Cheese Festival. Red Butte Gardens is located next to the Natural History Museum. Here, you’ll have the chance to stroll through beautiful, and well cared for, gardens including the site’s unforgettable rose collection, a conifer collection, and daffodil display.
Eating in Salt Lake City
While the city isn’t exactly known for a particular food, you can enjoy a tasty fusion of cuisines in this Utah city. For excellent Mexican food, head to the Red Iguana. Known for its yummy mole, this local staple attracts the crowds, so go early or plan to wait. The Dodo is another great place to eat. It’s one of those unique local eateries that serve dishes that will make you feel right at home. Order the Baked Cream Cheese and Crackers for your appetizer. Marinated in soy sauce and covered with toasted sesame seeds, this appetizer is one you’ll crave long after you’ve returned home. Be sure to get the Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Pie for dessert even if you have to take it to go.
Best Places to Stay
The downtown Salt Lake City hotels offer some of the best accommodations. Recommendations include the Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway. Close to places like Temple Square, Clark Planetarium and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, you’ll have plenty to do if you stay at the Hyatt. The Grand America is another hotel to consider for your accommodations as is the Hilton City Center.
Visiting Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City is a fun town. With yummy places to eat and plenty of indoor and outdoor activities, you’re sure to have an exciting and pleasurable trip to Utah’s largest city.