Surrounded by the snow-covered Wasatch mountains to the east and Oquirrh Mountains to the west, Salt Lake City has a spectacular setting. Known throughout the world as the center of a religion, it’s equally as popular with skiers and outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore the mountains.
Winter is one of the most popular seasons to visit, in large part due to the vast amount of snow fall in the nearby Wasatch Mountains. Skiers and snowboarders flock to the city, using it as a base for some of the country’s best winter sports. February through March is real peak skiing season but the resorts can remain open until June.
In the warmer spring and summer months, the skiers and boarders are replaced by golfers, mountain bikers and fishermen who come through Salt Lake City on their way to the national parks. But the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival and Utah Arts Festival are also big draws. If you’re planning on visiting during any of these big events, then its best to book flights to Salt Lake City well in advance.
You can find cheap flights to Salt Lake City at any time of year, if you know how to search with Orbitz. The real key is being flexible.
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There are direct departures to, and cheap flights from SLC from multiple US destinations.
Salt Lake City International Airport is located around four miles from the downtown area. It’s the closest commercial airport for around 2.5 million people. It services around 25 million passengers a year, making it one of the busiest in the US, with about 900 aircraft operations each day. It also has the fewest flight cancellations amongst all US airports.
The airport is accessible from the I-80 and I-215, as well as from state route 154. The TRAX light rail service, UTA bus and FrontRunner Commuter Rail services all connect the airport to the city and surrounding area.
Direct Salt Lake City flights are available from a number of different carriers.
Based around a simple grid system, Salt Lake City is easy to navigate by car. And with a car rental center at the airport it’s a good option for transport, especially if you are traveling on to the national parks or ski resorts.
In the city itself, public transport options include the TRAX light rail and UTA bus services, which offer good coverage.
Salt Lake City is also a great city for cycling, with many of the major attractions accessible by bike. Navigation is easy, and if a street looks busy, simply take an adjacent one in the grid.
Visit Sugar House, one of Salt Lake City’s oldest and most unique neighborhoods. It’s the home of the hip shops and where the city’s young people hang out. The ‘This is the Place’ Heritage Park overlooks the exact spot where city founder Bingham Young supposedly said ‘This is the place’. It features a monument to the Mormon settlers of Utah.
Temple Square is the most visited part of the city, being the world headquarters of the LDS Church and site of its main temple. There are museums, libraries, gardens and restaurants, and guides who offer tours of the main complex.
Winter brings epic snow to the Wasatch Range: more than 500 inches on average and nearly 700 on particularly blessed years. For visiting skiers and snowboarders, it’s a roll of the dice which month will yield the most fluff. Typically February and March promise the deepest collections of snow, but the skies routinely dump well into April and even May. It’s not uncommon for Snowbird Ski Resort to remain open through June.
Spring typically sees a lull in visitors as the ski areas clear out and fly-fishermen, golfers, and mountain bikers wait for the mud to dry. Summer attracts the most visitors to Salt Lake, despite temperatures that routinely reach the 90s. Some pass through on their way to national parks in southern Utah and the Tetons of Wyoming. Others come for the season-long celebration of music, with events like the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival and the Utah Arts Festival. Free concerts in downtown Pioneer Park every Thursday attract as many as 40,000 people, and other venues, such as the Rice-Eccles Stadium, USANA Amphitheater, and the outdoor Red Butte Gardens, attract headliners from U2 to Michael Franti & Spearhead.
September is arguably one of the best times of visit Salt Lake City. The temperatures start to cool off, the music scene is still thriving, and the mountains are just starting to turn gold for fall. November and December are typically dead and brown (and cheaper) as the weather turns cool but the snow has yet to fall.
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