Salt Lake City Guide
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renowned for winter sports and activities, Salt Lake is also an attractive
option for a summer city break, and is not quite as ‘Mormon’ as you think.
Lake City, capital of Utah, can take your breath away as soon as your plane
descends into the valley. The amazing Wasatch mountains that run along the east
side of the city are a great backdrop and like all mountains, have an uncanny
way of changing colour at different times of day.
Lake is an elegant city with a reputation as being one of the safest cities in
the US. Founded by Mormon leader, Brigham Young in 1847, the city is laid out
in a simple grid system with Temple Square at the heart. Whatever your religious beliefs, Temple
Square is a beautiful place to visit. Historic buildings such as The Beehive,
Brigham Young’s home, The Tabernacle, home to the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir
and the majestic six spire Temple, are all surrounded by perfectly kept
gardens. Free guided tours are available; just ask at the visitors centre.
Summer is short and sharp with just approximately 3
months of high temperatures and piercing blue skies, offset by the occasional
thunderstorm. After the long hard winter locals and visitors enjoy a cafe
culture of outside dining, summer sports and a city that explodes with colourful
flowerbeds and displays. If it gets a tad too hot then you can take to the
mountains, where temperatures are up to 20 degrees cooler, and enjoy summer
activities such as mountain biking, hiking or just a peaceful picnic. Want some
peace and tranquillity - visit Red Butte Gardens situated in the University
district. Stroll through a variety of different garden layouts from a medicinal
garden, through the fragrant garden, and on into the kids’ zone. The roses
bloom even in temperatures touching 34 degrees and the scent is unbelievable. Utah’s
new Natural History Museum just next door is housed in an innovative, eco
friendly building and has exhibitions, displays and artefacts that help to explain
Utah’s natural development.
Winter on the other hand can be long and bone
chillingly cold, but often with clear blue skies and a glorious ‘stillness’
that offsets the sub zero temperatures. Unlike in the UK, life goes on in
America even when the snow falls and the new City Creek Shopping Mall is just
the place to while away the bad weather. Anchored by Nordstrom and Macy’s, City
Creek has all the big name brands and a fully retractable glass roof keeps
the cold at bay. You can enjoy hourly fountain shows, waterfalls, and a
sparkling creek that runs the length of the mall.
At Christmas the stunningly
beautiful Temple Square, is transformed into a winter wonderland of twinkling
lights with a beautiful Nativity scene. The world famous Tabernacle Choir has
regular recitals and performances and is well worth a visit.
excellent conditions for winter sports, Park City is a 25-minute drive into the
mountains and a very popular ski area. Non-skiers can enjoy a great day out
with artisan shops to explore and a selection of restaurants and bars. The
nearby Tanger Factory Outlet Village is well worth checking out for designer
place to stay? Little America is a
real bargain, situated on South Street with a convenient tram stop outside.
Smaller courtyard rooms are the cheapest option but if you can splash out a few
dollars more for a tower room you will be rewarded by views to die for. The
hotel has a popular coffee shop and fine dining restaurant, plus two pools and
an up to date gym. Opposite Little
America is big sister Grand America, a five star icon built for the Olympic
visitors in 2002, and with real wow factor. If the room rates don’t match your
budget try to splash out on their Sunday brunch and you wont have to eat a
thing for the rest of the day.
are on every corner. Microbreweries are the big thing in the USA and Squatters
at 147 West Broadway street buzzes with atmosphere. Despite popular belief, you
can get a drink in Salt Lake City, even on a Sunday. The licensing laws are a
bit different in Utah but it is not a ‘dry’ state.
been lucky enough to experience Salt Lake in summer and winter and loved both
seasons, I will be back – maybe in Spring or Autumn!
get thereForm May
2016 there will be a non-stop flight from London Heathrow on a Virgin/Delta
codeshare, putting this enticing city on the ‘city break’ map. The 7-minute taxi
ride from the airport, possibly one of the fastest city transfers in the world,
means that you are soon up and running around town. Or take the bus, or new
rail link, that will whisk you into the heart of the city for just $2.50 and
connect with the TRAX system of trams. The TRAX is free within the downtown
area and a great way to get around if you don’t want to hire a car.
For further information visit www.visitutah.com and www.visitsaltlake.com
Our partner, American Sky offer a number of tours including Salt Lake City.
Why not consider:
Parks of America’ where you can tour the American West, visiting six
national parks including Zion National Park, a breakfast cruise on Lake Powell
and a scenic drive through the Bighorn Mountains before seeing Mount Rushmore.
- Canyon Country
- Scenic Parks Explorer
For more information, visit American Sky.
Silver Travel Advisor recommends American Sky
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