Salt Lake City, Utah averages more than 220 days of sunshine every year even though winter and snow never seem to end! Most people skip over Salt Lake when it comes to planning a vacation because the city is often tied to the Mormon culture, but you’re missing out on a vibrant restaurant scene, and a bunch of attractions fit for any age traveler! Whether you are there for a weekend or an extended stay, Salt Lake City has a lot of great experiences to check out while you’re in town.
Utah Olympic Park
In 2002 Utah was the host of the Winter Olympic Games. After the Olympics ended, Utah Olympic Park became a destination for anyone looking to participate in activities all year round! The 400-acre venue takes winter events and makes them summer friendly. Guests can participate in extreme tubing, a variety of zipline tours, summer bobsledding, and a ropes course built after the Games ended. Regardless of your skill level, there is something for everyone at the Olympic Park.
Red Butte Garden
The Red Butte Garden is the largest botanical garden with over 21 acres of gardens and five miles of walking and hiking trails in the Intermountain West. The gardens are funded by the community and are filled with a variety of plant collections, garden displays. They are also a popular place to host events and attend educational programs. Red Butte offers horticulture classes, bird watching, summer camps, art exhibits and on Monday nights, the garden hosts a family night with music and dance performances from local companies.
Bonneville Salt Flats
Often referred to as one of the unique landscapes in the world, the Bonneville Salt Flats have been featured in many commercials and Hollywood blockbusters. Consisting of hard, white salt crust, the almost one hundred cubic yard space stretches as far as the eye can see. The Flats were designated as a Critical Environmental Concern in the mid-’80s for its unique geology. The Bonneville Salt Flats are the only salt pans in the US.
Wine Tours or Brewery and Distillery Visits
Utah is home to a wide variety of wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Whether you are taking a private tour offered by Utah Wine Tours or checking out these places on your own, there are a bunch of different varieties of alcoholic beverages to choose from.