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Salt Lake CityUnited States of America

Located near one of the world’s largest saltwater lakes, this city is renowned for its fascinating religious history and beautiful scenery.

Salt Lake City is the capital of the U.S. state of Utah, and is nicknamed “The Crossroads of the West” due to its location. Known locally as SLC, it is situated between the Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch Mountains.

Founded in 1847 by Mormon pioneers such as Brigham Young, SLC is strongly associated with the faith of its founders to this day. Indeed, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church’s official title) still has its centre of operations here. You can learn about this faith by visiting the Church History Museum, or walking around the imposing Salt Lake Temple on Temple Square.

In addition to its faith-based heritage, SLC also has a lot to offer. Children and the young-at-heart will enjoy Clark Planetarium and the Living Planet Aquarium, while art connoisseurs will find much of interest at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Built in an attractive Italian Renaissance style, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building is a top destination for food aficionados due its fine eateries, while the ornately designed Salt Lake Public Library Main Building and the fascinating Natural History Museum of Utah are also on many visitors’ to-do lists.

The fine, dry snow of the Wasatch Mountains is perfect for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Hiking along the heights and beside the many lakes is a popular pastime during the warmer months, while the trail to the Timpanogos Cave National Monument is another favourite among hillwalkers. For more laid-back summertime activities, why not go fishing in Utah Lake State Park or enjoy your enhanced natural buoyancy in the salt water of the Great Salt Lake?

Getting around is easy on the public transport network, which includes a Free Fare Zone in the city centre, and there are plenty of shuttles to the ski resorts during the season. If you'd prefer to venture a little off the beaten track, renting a car is the best option.

Salt Lake City welcomes a diverse range of visitors throughout the year, with its range of scenic destinations, high-quality art and culture, and its unique faith-based history.

Top hotels in Salt Lake City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Little America Hotel
Little America Hotel
4 out of 5
500 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is AU$116 per night

Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eagle Gate College and Eccles Theater. Salt Palace and Temple Square are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (9,566 reviews)

"My room reserved was a king garden with sitting area. When I got to my room it was only a standard king suite. I called and they fixed the room issue immediately without hesitation. The room was beautiful and the bed was very comfortable. Because of Covid housekeeping was by appointment for everyone’s ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jun. 2020

Little America Hotel
The Grand America Hotel
The Grand America Hotel
5 out of 5
555 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is AU$307 per night

Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eagle Gate College and Eccles Theater. Salt Palace and Temple Square are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (976 reviews)

"Excellent stay! Other than Covid, the stay exceeded my expectations."…"

Reviewed on 1 Jul. 2020

The Grand America Hotel
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway
3 out of 5
55 N 400 West St, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is AU$137 per night

Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Vivint Smart Home Arena and The Gateway. Clark Planetarium and Discovery Gateway ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)

"We had asked to be picked up for the airport at 4:45 am and our ride showed up at 5:12, we almost missed our flight home, and the air conditioner in our room kept kicking off all night long, room very hot"…"

Reviewed on 1 Jul. 2020

Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway

Popular places to visit in Salt Lake City

Snowbird Ski Resort
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Snowbird Ski Resort

4/5(1 review)

Fly like a snowbird down the slopes at the Snowbird Ski Resort in Salt Lake City, Utah. When the temperatures are low and the powder is fresh, there’s no better way to spend a chilly winter day than warming up on the inviting slopes at this resort.

Temple Square
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Temple Square

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Visit this historical central square containing some of the most important buildings in the Mormon faith.

Alta Ski Area
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Alta Ski Area

4/5(1 review)

Alta Mountain is most famous for one quirk: Only skiers are allowed on its slopes. What you sacrifice in Alta snowboarding, however, you more than gain in local atmosphere. 

Solitude Mountain Resort
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Solitude Mountain Resort

Escape the crowds to enjoy winter and summer sports, scenic chairlift rides, a European-style village and gourmet dining in this resort at Utah’s Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Hogle Zoo
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Hogle Zoo

4/5(1 review)

At this zoo outside Salt Lake City meet creatures from all over the world, from exotic African lions to Utah native gray wolves.

Conference Center
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Conference Center

5/5(2 reviews)

Tour the massive auditorium of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which seats over 21,000 people and is anchored by a 7,667-pipe organ.

Top activities in Salt Lake City

Single Track Motorcycle Tour in the Wasatch mountains
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Single Track Motorcycle Tour in the Wasatch mountains

AU$568
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
5 Days Grand Teton and Yellowstone
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5 Days Grand Teton and Yellowstone

AU$2,876
Per adult
Urban Adventure Quest - Salt Lake City
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Urban Adventure Quest - Salt Lake City

AU$27
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Utah
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Utah

AU$14
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Utah
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Utah

AU$14
Per adult
Skip the Line: Natural History Museum of Utah Entrance Ticket
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Skip the Line: Natural History Museum of Utah Entrance Ticket

AU$26
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Salt Lake City

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Dianne/Michael

18 Nov. 2019

Great place to visit so many little gems to explore

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Nov. 2019

Visited Fort Douglas Military Museum. Most interesting. Very clean city.

4/5 - Good

Pam

5 Oct. 2019

Salt Lake as a city is easy to get around More of a launching place for holidays in Utah’s National Parks or the snow fields of Park City.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Sep. 2019

We have family in SLC and spent time in the Unitas mountains which are awesome.

5/5 - Excellent

Phil

18 Jul. 2019

Cannot wait to return. This city is a real hidden gem in the US west.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 May 2019

Didn’t expect too much but pleasantly surprised.

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