Salt Lake City is Utah’s laid-back, outdoorsy, artistic, and theatrical capital. Set high above sea level, this city is bordered by the Great Salt Lake as well as the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges. It Is no wonder skiing and snowboarding are so popular with locals and visitors alike. There are eight major ski resorts within 50 miles from town.
Whether choosing a downtown or mountain-view location as your home-base, having a car at your disposal allows you to have a flexible itinerary. Hop in your car straight from Salt Lake City International Airport to start off your adventure and get a taste of the staggering mountains of the west while also taking in a few cultural delights amidst downtown’s lights.
With so much natural beauty, exploring the Salt Lake City outdoors is a must. Hiking is a great way to view the local surroundings, whether you are an outdoor pro or a casual hiker. You can relax and find tranquility just a quick drive from the downtown area, along City Creek Trail’s mountain stream. A drive further out will land you in the foothills of the city, where you can wander through a misty canyon on the Dry Creek Trailhead. For an impressive view over the city and distant mountains, a hike up to Ensign Peak is highly recommended.
Apart from its stunning nature, Salt Lake City boasts an impressive theatre and performing arts culture. Of key importance is Ballet West, which ranks among the top companies in the United States. A performance here is jaw-dropping, to say the least. If you prefer music, listen to the heavenly sounds of the world-renowned Tabernacle Choir in the city’s main Temple Square. Need something a little more modern? The Twilight Concert Series held in Pioneer Park during the summer months offers cool tunes from funky bands and local artists. Grab a bite from the on-site food trucks and enjoy the lively local crowds.
With snow capped mountains nearby, Utah is a winter playground for nature lovers. Skiing is the main attraction for winter sports enthusiasts, with resorts tucked into the nearby mountains. Those areas are not technically within the city limits, so a car and a GPS are needed. For a slower pace, sip on hot chocolate while wandering around the traditional German Christmas market, known as Christkindlmarkt, or meander the 10 acre, historic Temple Square at night, which is alight with over a million sparkling, festive lights in winter.
Salt Lake City’s widespread and varied opportunities make navigating the city via car the perfect option for travelers. Orbitz offers economy options to SUVs that will get you from the foothills of the mountains to your downtown sushi dinner and concert in ease. In case you wish to explore past the city borders (for instance, the Alta Ski Area), opt for an all-terrain vehicle made for steeper slopes. Either way, embrace the laid-back vibe of the West with a set of wheels and the anticipation of adventure.