Most people would describe Salt Lake City as “chill,” “fun-loving,” “outdoorsy” and “food forward.” Whether you’re traveling with friends, on a ski trip, or bringing the whole family to adventure in Utah’s wilds, there are countless ways to stay entertained, inspired in the biggest little mountain town ever.
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WHEN TO GO
Salt Lake City is a winter sports hub, and it’s no surprise that the winter months mark peak season here. Still, summer offers excellent opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and other warm weather activities. Travelers will find the fewest crowds and best price deals during the spring and fall shoulder seasons.
NEED TO KNOW
Visas: Travelers from outside the United States will need a valid passport, as well as ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) eligibility or a full visa.
Money: Currency is U.S. dollars and ATMs are widely available.
Travel Health: Travelers (including U.S. citizens) should check for vaccination, proof of negative COVID-19 test and face mask requirements, as well as any travel restrictions before planning their trip. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away. For the latest health safety guidelines, as well as info on what’s currently open, visit the Utah.gov website.
Getting Here: The area is served by Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC).
Getting Around: The heart of the city, the Temple Square area, is easily explored on foot. To travel beyond here, travelers will need their own vehicle, or they can use bike- or ride-share services. The FrontRunner commuter rail offers service to Provo and Ogden.
Local Lingo: Appy Hour: Because Utah liquor laws don’t allow discounted alcohol sales, many restaurants offer “appy hours” when first-course prices are marked down. Zion Curtain: Refers to a now-revoked law, which required bartenders to hide behind partitions while making drinks.
Must-Have Apps: Uber; BCycle; Ski Utah Snow Report
Insider Tips: Before your trip, purchase a Salt Lake Connect Pass. Sold in 1-, 2-, and 3-day increments, the pass offers free admission to 17 Northern Utah attractions.