We hope you will take some time to enjoy the beauty and excitement of Utah and Salt Lake City, a picturesque city nestled in a valley surrounded by the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains. Once covered entirely by Lake Bonneville, Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas offer a variety of activities and sites for everyone from nature lovers to art connoisseurs to leisurely tourists. For more information on Salt Lake, please see below and consult Visit Salt Lake.
Have just a few hours free? That's all you need!
The Urban Arts Festival, the largest free community art event in Utah, is taking place September 15th and 16th 2018 at the Gallivan Center, located right behind the conference hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. Check it out and see here for more details!
The Great salt lake
The namesake of the City, the Great Salt Lake is the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere and the largest lake west of the Mississippi River. You can walk, bike, or jog by the lake or choose to head out on a boat, kayak, or paddle board.
Utah state capitol building
If you are looking for a great view of the city and a beautiful building (and a bit of an uphill walk), the Utah State Capitol Building is located just one mile from the Marriott City Center. Designed by local architect Richard K. A. Kletting, the Capitol has been home to the state government since 1916.
Guided tours are available every hour from 9-4 Monday through Friday and groups smaller than 10 do not need a reservation. Even if you do not take the tour, the view from the Capitol building are worth the visit.
Historic temple square
Historic Temple Square is located just a short 10 minute walk from the Marriott City Center and is home to Salk Lake Temple, the first Mormon Temple built in the city. Dedicated in 1893, the Temple took more than 40 years to build and covers over 250,000 square feet. Temple square covers 35 acres and includes a host of historical sites and museums as well as free tours.
Natural history museum
Utah's Natural History Museum is located in Salt Lake City and provides visitors with a look into the rich natural history of the state. With interactive exhibits on flora and fauna, native voices, gems and minerals, and a vast collection of dinosaur fossils, the museum is a great destination for all ages. It also boasts a beautiful view of the City and surrounding mountains.
have a bit more time? these activities take a half to full day.
Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley Resort, and Utah Olympic Park are all located in Park City, Utah. Here you can take in the incredible views while walking down Historic Main Street, which has plenty of options for dining and shopping.
For those looking for a bit of adventure, Park City boasts close to 400 miles of maintained trails for mountain biking and hiking. Utah Olympic Park has a bobsled ride called "The Comet", which is one of the longest slides in the world with over 3,000 feet of gliding.
Snowbird ski and summer resort
Located in the Wasatch Mountains Cottonwood Canyon, Snowbird is an all-season location with breathtaking views. Opened in 1971 as a ski resort, the mountain now offers much more than snow sports. Just getting to Snowbird is a beautiful adventure. The Ariel Tram, which takes you on a trip from Snowbird Center at the base to Hidden peak, is a great way to see the scenery. The mountain also boasts mountain biking and hiking trails, a spa, restaurants and shops, and notably the world’s largest privately held collection of oriental rugs.
Coming to Salt Lake early? Every Saturday and Sunday in September, Snowbird Mountain hosts Oktoberfest - a family-friendly event with activities, food, and beer.
The Spiral Jetty is a giant art installation on the Great Salt Lake completed in 1970 by Robert Smithson. The spiral's coil is 1,500 feet long and approximately 15 feet wide. The jetty disappears and reappears depending on lake water levels--drought years bring it out for all to see. It’s a bit of a trek to see it, but you’ll probably get the most Instagram likes you’ve ever had after you post a pic of this prehistoric landscape.
UTAH'S "MIGHTY 5" NATIONAL PARKS
Southern Utah is home to not one, not two, but FIVE different national parks. These parks – Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches – are collectively known as “The Mighty 5.” Tourists come from all over the world to visit these incredible landscapes every year. All are between about 3.5 to 5 hours driving from Salt Lake City and well worth the trip.
In addition to the Might 5, southern Utah has several amazing state parks and national monuments including Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument, Bear's Ears National Monument, Goblin Valley State Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, and more!