It is Utah’s most popular tourist destination, and I’m not surprised. Salt Lake City is full of amazing sights, activities, and fun. Whether you are interested in strolling the beautiful city or exploring new horizons, here are the activities I fitted in while visiting Salt Lake City for a weekend.
Temple Square is a lot more than a religious icon. It’s an area full of fascinating history and beautiful architecture. Temple Square is in Downtown Salt Lake City and is very accessible. The Salt Lake Temple, the Tabernacle, and the Family History Library are some of the sights to check out at Temple Square. Perfect for an afternoon of wandering the city.
The Great Salt Lake
We drove from Downtown Salt Lake City to the Great Lake State Park which took about 25minutes. Just off the highway, there was a great viewing point of the lake and some cool photo ops. Obviously, we couldn’t go to Salt Lake City and not go to the ‘lake’. I would recommend continuing on the highway to the Bonneville Salt Flats as you are one-third of the way there.
Bonneville Salt Flats
Bonneville Salt Flats are 30,000 acres of white, hard, salt crust on the western edge of the Great Salt Lake basin in Utah. The flats are roughly 12 miles long and 5 miles wide.
The Bonneville Salt Flats are open to the public most of the year, and there is no cover charge to enter. You can drive your car onto the flats and go out into the middle and take some cool photos. The Bonneville Salt Flats hosts land speed racing events and filming projects throughout the year. Special security restrictions may be required to maintain public safety during these events so be sure to do some research before you drive all the way out there!
The Bonneville Salt Flats are located just before the Nevada state line, Take Exit 4 on Interstate 80 in Utah. The Salt Flats are approximately 100 miles and under 1.5 hours driving time west of Salt Lake City. This was one of my favorite adventures of the weekend!!
Brighton Ski Resort
Brighton is a Ski resort in Utah, about a 40-minute drive from Downtown Salt Lake City. We were worried about getting up into the mountain in case of weather conditions, but we had no problems (note: we did go in late November which is early in the skiing season). The resort was open from 9 am to 4 pm and four of the lifts were open, this was perfect timing. I think in full season you would definitely want more than one day on the slopes!
Utah Jazz is the Basketball team in Utah. We were lucky enough that they had a home game the weekend we were there, so we got to go. NBA games are always great entertainment from the game itself to the fantastic cheerleading performances!
The Salt Lake City Library has a rooftop garden which is a great location to get a panoramic view of the city and mountains. The library is five stories high and is an iconic building in the city
Where to stay
Radisson Downtown, Salt Lake City. The Radisson hotel was very central. We were one block from the Utah Jazz Basketball Stadium and two blocks to Temple Square! It was also only a 40-minute drive to Brighton Ski Resort.
Average nightly: $100
Looking for a budget friendly city break in the states? – you’ve found it!
I really hope you guys enjoyed reading this blog post – Happy traveling ✨