Under the watchful eye of the Wasatch Mountains lies a city positively bursting with pioneering spirit.
With a big city vibe and a small-town feel, Salt Lake City has a lot to offer, from its rich religious history to its unique and bustling culture. Down to shatter expectations, this thriving metropolis is undoubtedly a hidden gem of the west with its many natural attractions including the Bonneville Salt Flats and the Great Salt Lake. Explore this fascinating destination on your Salt Lake City tour with a guide who’s both ready to explain the city’s key role in the Mormon church, and to point you in the direction of some of its most beautiful hikes. Whether you’re visiting to enjoy the great outdoors, or you want to sink your teeth into its history, prepare for Salt Lake City to surprise you in the best way ever.
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Salt Lake City is the capital city in the state of Utah and is also the most populated before other cities such as Provo and Ogden.
Salt Lake City spans a total of 110 mi2 with roughly around 200,000 people calling the city their home.
Salt Lake City is generally considered a very safe place to travel to with the crime risk being categorized as low, however you should always be aware of your surroundings when in a foreign city. This means sticking to well-populated and well-lit areas (if you're moving around at night) and be on guard if you find yourself in unfamiliar or uncomfortable settings.
The easiest way to get around Salt Lake City is either by car or via public transport. Driving around Salt Lake City is relatively simple thanks to easy-to-navigate streets and lots of public parking in the city center. If you didn't travel to SLC by car (and you didn't want to rent one) then another option is to get around on the public bus or light rail services. You can also walk around SLC as the terrain is quite flat and the iconic landmarks are relatively close together.
Salt Lake City has an arid, temperate climate with each season fairly normal in terms of what can be expected. Due to the arid nature of the climate, SLC rarely ever sees rain, making Utah the second driest state behind Nevada. Salt Lake City is known to be humid but the temperatures throughout the year are bearable with Summers not feeling too hot and Winters not feeling too cold.
While the humidity stops the temperatures in Winter from feeling too cold, they can still get down to a freezing level with snow forming both in the valley and surrounding mountain areas. This means SLC enjoys snow for most of the Winter season and very little rainfall.
Salt Lake City is a popular spot among tourists looking to hit the slopes during the snow season, as well as for history buffs wanting to gain a deeper understanding of this city's pioneering past. SLC is steeped in religious history and features a thriving culture full of iconic landmarks that are just waiting to be explored. For these reasons, Salt Lake City is popular among travelers from various parts of Utah and other surrounding states with many coming to this destination for day trips and long weekends. Below is how far Salt Lake City is from its neighboring regions by car:
- To travel from the smaller town of Ogden to Salt Lake City would take you around 40 minutes as the journey is only 37 miles.
- The city of Provo is 47 miles from Salt Lake City so traveling to this bustling destination would only take 40 minutes.
- Salt Lake City is roughly 235 miles from Moab, making the journey by car just under 4 hours.
- If you're road-trippin' your way from Yellowstone National Park to Salt Lake City then you'll need a spare 4 and a half hours as you have to travel 357 miles.
Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. Salt Lake City has many attractions and accommodation options that are wheelchair-friendly. The public transportation system can also cater to travelers with disabilities so moving around Salt Lake City is quick and easy. However, we’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.