Why Go To Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City has long been a little mystical. Back in the early 19th century, pioneers believed the area's Great Salt Lake was inhabited by monsters and giants. This spooky legend faded until Brigham Young decided to make Salt Lake the home of the new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1847. Today, those who have spent time in Salt Lake will tell you that it's more than just a place of great faith, it's also a thriving cultural hub and an excellent home base for hikers and skiers.

Many visitors embrace the chance to learn about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spending time touring the beautiful religious sites in Temple Square. And even if you aren't interested in Salt Lake's heritage, the city is worth a visit for the views alone. The Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges provide a stunning backdrop to the city skyline while the magnificence of the Great Salt Lake is nothing short of awe-inspiring.


The U.S. News & World Report travel rankings are based on analysis of expert and user opinions.

Salt Lake City is ranked as:

  • #17 in Best Cheap Vacations in the USA

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Best Things To Do In Salt Lake City


Plan on spending a good chunk of your time exploring Temple Square, the official headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This walled neighborhood at the heart of Salt Lake City hosts impressive religious buildings – such as the Salt Lake Temple – as well as lush gardens and soaring sculptures. But there's more to do: The Great Salt Lake provides a spectacular setting for hiking and picnicking, while the nearby Wasatch National Forest is cross-hatched with scenic trails. Plan a visit to the slopes in Park City or nearby Snowbird Ski Resort if you're looking for an adrenaline-fueled day trip.

Salt Lake City Travel Tips

  • Drinking is no longer taboo - Despite long-standing misconceptions, you'll be able to enjoy alcoholic beverages without issue while in Salt Lake City.  

  • Sunday is God's day - Many Salt Lake City businesses are closed on Sundays. If you're itching to do some shopping, Saturday's your day.

  • Everyone's welcome here - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints fully supports the city's anti-discrimination laws that were passed in 2010. As a result, LGBT communities are beginning to thrive.

  • Ride the bus - The Utah Transit Authority provides free service around a six-block portion of downtown Salt Lake City.

  • Ask about package deals - Many Salt Lake City hotels cater to skiers during the winter, offering stay-and-ski packages with discounts on room rates and lift tickets.

  • Enjoy the show - Temple Square hosts a variety of free events, including organ recitals in the Tabernacle and performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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