March 21, 2017
Salt Lake City may not be as high profile as Los Angeles or New York City, but it has plenty of exciting things to offer both residents and visitors. Bordered by the buoyant waters of the Great Salt Lake and the snow-capped peaks of the Wasatch Mountain Range, Salt Lake City has charm and character worthy of high note. Here are four ways to get to know Salt Lake City and all it has to offer.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Salt Lake City is a top destination in the U.S. for skiing, snowboarding and other winter activities. To truly get to know the city, you’ll want to venture out into the depths of the snow to get a feel for the area. In fact, there are seven world-class ski resorts just minutes away from Salt Lake City. U.S. News ranked Salt Lake City as the third best ski destination in the United States in 2016.
Sundance Film Festival
Celebrities and filmmakers flock to Park City to attend the Sundance Film Festival every January. Movies such as Little Miss Sunshine, Momento and Reservoir Dogs have made their debut at this coveted event and it is one of the staple entertainment scenes in the Salt Lake City area that you won’t want to miss. This event gives you the chance to experience Salt Lake City in a way that is unmatched.
Great Salt Lake
It’s hard to visit Salt Lake City without making the trip to the Great Salt Lake. The Great Salt Lake is 1,700 square miles and is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River. The lake earned its name from the water’s evaporation process that leaves behind salty mineral deposits. Salt Lake City residents love the hiking trails, picnic areas and boating and fishing opportunities.
Residents have also said that the Great Salt Lake is a great place for swimming and boasts wildlife such as bison. Antelope Island is a popular access point to the Great Salt Lake. This state park is just 60 miles northwest of Salt Lake City and is open everyday, excluding some holidays.
Officially dubbed as a non-profit farm, Thanksgiving Point has a garden, museum, 3D movie theater, golf course, spa, shopping and more. You can spend all day here and still not experience everything this place has to offer. The Museum of Ancient Life features 60 complete dinosaur skeletons and over 50 hands-on exhibits for you and your family to enjoy. The Museum of Natural Curiosity also features over 400 interactive experiences. The Thanksgiving Point Gardens are over 55 acres and features the largest man-made waterfall in the Western Hemisphere. Don’t forget to check out the restaurants, movie theater and retail stores.
Quick Salt Lake City Facts:
- Population – 191,180
- Elevation – 4,330 feet 1,320 meters
- Snowbird Base: 8,100 feet 2,469 meters
- Hidden Peak: 11,000 feet 3,353 meters
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