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Holidays to Salt Lake City offer a new perspective on US city breaks...
Book holidays in Salt Lake City to discover an exciting destination, where skiing and sightseeing go hand in hand against a stunning backdrop of mountain and lake.
The capital of Utah – in the west of the US – Salt Lake City is a hotspot for cool winter sports action. The Olympic committee certainly thought so when they brought the Winter Olympics here in 2002.
Wedged between Great Salt Lake and the snow-capped Wasatch Mountains, Salt Lake City is a true beauty of the American west. The lake, which measures around 1,500 square miles, is home to millions of native birds and you can float on the water thanks to the high density of minerals.
Mormons founded the city in 1847 and their church – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – still plays an important role here. Many of the city's finest attractions are a part of Mormon heritage, including the 10-acre Temple Square, which features the impressive Salt Lake Temple and the Striking Salt Lake Tabernacle.
Other attractions in Salt Lake City, also known simply as Salt Lake, include the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Utah State Capitol, Clark Planetarium, and the Marmalade Hill Historic District, which features an impressive array of early architecture. Beehive House is also worth a visit. It was one of two homes owned by the Mormon Brigham Young, who founded the city, and you can tour the place to see what life was like in the 1850s.
You can also step back in time to see how the west once was at This is the Place Heritage Park. Pan for gold or help with the harvest as you discover times gone by.
Nature lovers should take a trip to Antelope Island State Park, an island in Great Salt Lake. If you don't think that sounds very impressive, know that the island is large enough for 500 bison to roam free. There are excellent hiking and biking trails here, plus the opportunity to ride horses and truly absorb the western life that was.
Salt Lake City offers plenty of hiking, biking and other sports activities at various places around the area. You can even break up your walk by swinging a golf club, if golf gets your pulse racing. The majority of adrenaline junkies head to Salt Lake for the skiing action though, with the main resorts of Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude attracting visitors to their hotels, bars and restaurants. The on-piste action if terrific, and the off-piste fun is just as good.
Whatever you want to visit Salt Lake City for, use the search tool on TravelSupermarket to enter your requirements and allow us to find the perfect holiday for you.
There’s something to attract visitors to Salt Lake City all year round. Will you swoosh in the snow or see the sights during summer?
The booming skiing industry in Salt Lake City is down to cold winters and heavy snowfall on the mountains. The city itself doesn't experience much snow though temperatures can fall into minus figures. Spring is wet and summer is fairly dry, with daily averages of 20C. The weather here is very changeable, so don't be surprised to feel hot one summer day and quite cool the next.
Cheap holidays in Salt Lake City can be found at any time, especially when you book in advance.
A varied list of events fills the social calendar here – pop along and make special memories during your Salt Lake City holiday...
Sundance Film Festival; January: Founded by Hollywood legend Robert Redford in nearby Park City, this isn't your usual film festival. Look out for other movie greats and up and comers at this annual event.
Bald Eagle Day; February: Millions of native birds call Salt Lake home, but the most impressive of all is the bald eagle. Learn more, and see the majestic creatures, on this special day.
Days of '47; May: The Utah pioneers are celebrated during this popular annual event. There are pageants, parades and rodeos – all the necessary ingredients for a good old-fashioned American hoedown.
Wasatch Wildflower Festival; July: Marvel at the blooming blankets of alpine flowers that sprout on the mountains each summer. There are many family activities to take part in. It's a lovely time, even if you're not green fingered.
Utah State Fair; September: This hugely popular event is more than 150 years old and honours some of the traditions of those early days. Expect to join in and celebrate all that is great about Utah at the Fairpark, including local produce, arts and crafts. There are fairground rides and music acts to really get the party going.
There’s a varied collection of attractions in Salt Lake City and no excuse for not finding something to do!
Grown-up families: Salt Lake City boasts an impressive array of museums amid its imposing architecture. A few good art galleries can be found around the centre too.
Romance: There are plenty of opportunities for taking a boat out on to Great Salt Lake. Pack a picnic and spend some time with friends or family with nothing but a few ducks for company.
Active types: Aside from the great skiing to be enjoyed during the winter months, Salt Lake City is home to several golf clubs with terrific fairways and greens.
Shopping: You’ll find a good spread of shopping malls and boutiques throughout the city, as well as in the outlying districts – what else would you expect from the home of the first every department store in the United States (it opened in 1868).