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Salt Lake City


Nestled on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and overlooking the largest inland lake in the western U.S., Salt Lake City is home to a pioneering past and an exciting future. Prior to the Mormons settling the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, it was home to the Ute Indians who called the valley and encompassing mountain range the “low place in high mountains.”

In October 2020, the University of Utah officially issued an Indigenous Land Acknowledgment statement that recognizes and honors the fact that the university is located on the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute and Ute tribes; the state of Utah is home to eight distinct tribal nations. From its past to the present, Salt Lake’s history is as rich as its vistas, surrounding mountains and beautiful lake-enhanced sunsets.

The city, like the state, has grown in population, cultural diversity and accolades. In addition to being home to the Winter Olympics in 2002, our city’s nearby mountains are widely known to be the home of “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” Large storms pick up more moisture as they roll in over the Great Salt Lake, and that moisture slams against the Wasatch Mountains, creating incomparably light and skiable powder snow.

 

But don’t let the proximity to mountains, outdoor recreation and 5 National Parks distract you from the thriving urban heart that is beating in the Salt Lake Valley. Labeled as the Silicon Slopes, our city is home to a buzzing tech scene — between that and the other booming businesses in the city, downtown Salt Lake has been brought to life like never before. From a top-shelf performing arts scene to an award-winning diningcraft beer and distilling culture, and the surprising-to-most fact that Salt Lake is reported as having one of the biggest LGBTQ populations in the nation, you’ll get a sense of how this Old West town has become a forward-thinking and burgeoning urban hub. When you also include the University of Utah, one of America’s leading research universities, you realize that this city has a bright future.

 

Weather in Utah is great because we get four defined, lovely seasons. Along with our snow in the winter (here’s the thing, the city isn’t a snow-bound place in the winter, we’re fortunate to get TONS of snow at ski resorts that are only a 45-minute drive from downtown Salt Lake, but the city itself remains not only walkable, but festive and bustling all winter long) we get wonderfully temperate spring and fall weather, with a dry-warm summer that only touches triple digits for a week of the season. Point being, Salt Lake gets the best of each season and we like to think that’s why so many outdoor enthusiasts thrive here.

 

Utah’s world-famous ski resorts are less than hour drive from the newly renovated Salt Lake International Airport and Salt Lake is only a five-hour drive from five National Parks — and some of the most scenic and breathtaking scenery in the world.

Whether you’re coming to see the beautiful LDS Temple Square, see the Utah Jazz play a game, sample our award-winning gastronomic scene, see a Broadway play or take in the amazing mountain backdrop, Salt Lake will surprise you with its wide variety of things to do, places to see and ways to connect.

Adapted from VisitSaltLake.com. Learn more about Salt Lake City at visitsaltlake.com.