Last updated on August 8th, 2019 at 11:19 am
An attractive blend of metropolitan amenities and small-town friendliness, Salt Lake City is an ideal destination for your next travel adventure. It combines easy access to outdoor recreation, stunning architecture, and a surprising array of dining options. Three undeniable reasons that make SLC an awesome place to visit.
1. Salt Lake City is Rich in History and Culture
For a major city, Salt Lake is a little on the small side with a rather short history to boot. But this in no way detracts from the myriad of historical and cultural sites this unique, interesting city proudly displays. Those wishing to check out Salt Lake’s urban sights must head downtown. The city center is modest in size but packed with the best of Salt Lake’s historical and cultural attractions. The premier sightseeing opportunity is Temple Square. On the Temple grounds, you will find the Salt Lake Mormon Temple, the Tabernacle, and the world-renowned choir, as well as other sculptures and monuments. Near Temple Square, you can find other impressive historic buildings like the Gothic Cathedral of Madeline, the first Presbyterian Church, and the Governor’s Mansion. The Utah Governor’s family actually resides there today. Want to learn about the history? Book a tour of historic downtown and create an enriching experience. You’ll see some of Utah’s top urban attractions like the Mormon Trail, Temple Square, Old Deseret Village, the State Capitol Building, Fort Douglas and sites from the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Plus, purchase lunch at the Lion House, the former home of pioneer Brigham Young, and take in a live recital at the renowned Mormon Tabernacle. Taking a tour gives you a local perspective and ensures you do not miss any of the highlights.
2. It Has an Amazing Variety of Unique Dining Choices
Do you love sushi? Salt Lake has outstanding sushi restaurants to impress everyone from die-hard sushi lovers to those looking to try sushi for the first time. Naked Fish, Takashi, Kyoto, and Ginza Japanese Cuisine and Sushi are all terrific sushi purveyors. Not into sushi? Salt Lake has award-winning Mexican, classic American, and Italian offerings as well. The best Mexican food, served up at Alamexo, is as authentic as it gets. Alamexo is an undeniable Salt Lake favorite and is perhaps the most traditional Mexican restaurant you’ll find in SLC. Enjoy a fresh spin on American classics at The Copper Onion the menu reflects Chef/Owner Ryan Lowder’s passion for working with seasonal ingredients, showcasing products from the best local farmers and purveyors, as well as international flavors reflective of his time abroad. Find superb pizza, rustic Italian recipes, and fresh pastas at Stoneground. One thing is for sure, there is something great for every taste in Salt Lake City.
3. Salt Lake has an Abundance of the Great Outdoors
Salt Lake has excellent access to hiking and biking trails in canyons just minutes from the city, and sprawling national parks within an hour’s drive. Outside the city, you can explore forests on horseback, or float high above and take in spectacular views of the Wasatch Mountains from a hot air balloon. A trip to Salt Lake City would not be complete without visiting the city’s namesake. The Great Salt Lake is North America’s largest salt lake. The lake and its islands offer stunning scenery and recreational opportunities. Don’t miss the chance to explore the shores one of Utah’s most fascinating natural attractions. You can take a 2-hour tour, and experience the unique wonders of this inland sea, you will also have a chance to float on the lake as well. The tour is packed with insider information, local lore and is lead by an local guide. Or Visit Antelope Island State Park to see Brigham Young’s historic farm house, spot free-roaming wildlife, and learn the fascinating history of the island. This small group, family friendly tour has an experienced guide that helps bring the story of Antelope Island to life, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the largest island in Great Salt Lake.
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