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Exploring Salt Lake City & Beyond
Utah’s diverse natural resources make for a truly unique experience in each of its regions. The north is mountain country and is home to too many winter ski and snowboard resorts that most states have cities. But, even if snow sports aren’t your forte, northern Utah is a gorgeous destination and historically significant area.
Echo Reservoir – The small, northern Utah town of Coalville is proud to have their own body of water and have found myriad ways to enjoy it. One of the more popular ways is to fish. This is more popular in the fall, when water skiers have descended to lower elevations and the reservoir has been stocked with rainbow/brown trout and channel catfish. Plenty of picnicking and waterfront activities can also be enjoyed.
Skate Park – In the summer months, when Coalville ski bums long for the slopes, they find solace at the local skate park. While most of they year, this is buried in snow, warm-weather shredders can find the park at Center Street and 50 East.
Union Pacific State Park – This is a 28-mile trail for non-motorized use. The trail follows I-80 and connects Coalville to Park City. It is often used for activities such as, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, jogging, Nordic Skiing and wildlife watching.
Antelope Island State Park – The Great Salt Lake is a mysterious and peculiar place. In fact, several miles from the salty shores there is an island with more to offer than you would expect. Antelope Island is brimming with wildlife (yes, lots of antelopes) and a system of well-developed trails to help you observe the isolated beauty. Beautiful views of Salt Lake City and the mountains from 25 miles away provide the perfect backdrop to your day’s adventure.
Lagoon Amusement Park – This is the largest outdoor theme park west of the Mississippi and east of California. It includes a water park, several roller coasters and more exciting attractions than you can shake a stick at. “It’s what fun is!”
The Great Salt Lake – One of the great anomalies of The West, the Great Salt Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi. The water is too saline to support most fish and aquatic life. But rest assured that it is perfectly safe to swim in. The lake is extremely popular as a destination for kayakers, sailors and more. However, perhaps the most popular feature of the lake is the view at sunset, which John Muir called, “one of the great views on the American Continent.”
Logan Canyon – To name Logan Canyon a destination for one sport would be a terrible understatement. From the peaks of the towering limestone walls to the river that has carved it, there is endless opportunity for world-class rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife sighting, and much more. This is one of many great canyons in Utah’s Wasatch, but it is a must-see.
Old Town Logan – Logan was one of the first settled cities when Mormon pioneers arrived in Utah. The pioneers built a spectacular tabernacle, courthouse and main building that is now found on USU campus. The Logan Temple was one of the first temples to be built by pioneers in Utah and was painstakingly built by hand of beautiful stone with stunning wooden and metals details.
Utah State University – The home of the Aggies, named after the school’s prominence in the agricultural sciences. However, USU and Logan as a whole has become much more than just a center for agricultural innovation. The University is receiving national attention for its impact in business, athletics and the arts.
Bear Lake – With the endless natural wonders filling Utah, it’s no easy thing to become a popular destination for locals. But Bear Lake has arisen as a very common location for Utahans to build second homes. The shores are sandy, the sailing and boating is accessible and the views are immaculate. In the winter and the summer, this is a great place to spend a day or two.
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Little Cottonwood Canyon – This is one of the most uniquely beautiful canyons in America. Immense granite walls line both sides of the road and guide drivers up to the world-renowned ski resorts above. Rock climbers have scaled this middle-part of the canyon and created a rich history of adventure on its many steep walls. The mountain resorts, Snowbird and Alta, meet you at the top of the canyon. Utah’s famous powder and expansive backcountry calls to snow sport enthusiasts of all levels. Hosts to the XIX Winter Olympics, Snowbird, and Alta are truly some of the best resorts in the world.
Big Cottonwood Canyon – Just a few miles north of the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, The Big Canyon is a dramatically different experience. The width of the canyon is predictably larger and replete with trees, wildlife and quartzite cliffs. The canyon narrows as you climb and eventually leads to its own world famous snow spot, Brighton. At less than an hour from downtown Salt Lake, can you ask for a better snow town!?
The Pie – This is much more than just a basement pizzeria. The underground restaurant has become an icon for University of Utah students and locals. Delicious food and a very fun college aura makes this one of the best places for dinner in the Salt Lake area.
City Creek Shopping Center – Found in the heart of downtown, City Creek Shopping Center is a recent development that now is the premier shopping destination in Utah. Spend a day in the stores, strolling the exquisitely landscaped grounds or sampling food from the many restaurants.
Temple Square – This is the crown jewel of the city. Mormon pioneers spent more than 40 years in the construction of the Salt Lake temple, leaving one of the most beautiful and well-crafted buildings in the United States. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has made the temple grounds and the surrounding buildings very accessible with free tours of each of the historical attractions given all day. Although the interior of temple is limited just to members of the church, each of the visitor centers in Temple Square provide in-depth views of the fascinating and beautiful construction of the impressive building. Across the street, you’ll see the modern tabernacle building, home to one of the largest indoor auditoriums in the world.
Bingham Copper Mine – On east side of the Bingham Canyon from Tooele is the world’s largest copper mine. From certain destinations, planes flying into SLC airport will take you right over the massive hole. However, to truly appreciate the sheer size of the man made hole, travel out to take a tour. It’s a view unlike any other.
Hogle Zoo – The Hogle Zoo is a must see for children and adults alike. With more than 1,200 exotic animals, a petting zoo and a stunning butterfly exhibit, there is something for everyone!
Powder Mountain – 7,000 acres of epic riding call to the skiers and snowboarders alike. Powder Mountain is a great destination for people looking to experience the legendary Utah powder without the hassle of the major ski spot crowds. Rest assured, there is plenty of magnificent terrain for riders of all levels.
Snowbasin – Another one of the many mountain resorts used in the XIX Olympics, Snowbasin is more than just a winter destination. Come in the summer for excellent lift-assisted mountain biking and hiking.
The Salomon Center – In the picturesque old downtown of Ogden, the Salomon Center offers modern approaches to the high adventure that Ogden is known for. Indoor skydiving, rock climbing, bowling, mini golf and more await.
George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park – Utah is known as a treasure of dinosaur fossils and bones. The Dinosaur Park is a great place for kids and adults to encounter dinosaurs in their natural habitat and learn about how they lived.
Park City Mountain Resort – You go big. That’s why you chose to bring your ski/snowboard talents to Park City. Rest assured that you will never be held back by the parks and slopes at Park City. The world’s greatest athletes set up shop among the mountains here and train on the massive park features that have made the area famous. Ride all the way from the top lift down the mountain until you glide gently into the city center itself. This is a destination like no other and one that you’ll never forget.
ZipRider® - This unique and exhilarating zipline set up takes you from above the start of the ski jump, down past the landing area. It’s a 500 foot drop and an unbelievable spike in adrenaline.
Food & Cuisine – There are simply too many excellent choices to narrow it down. Park City’s high-end, yet familiar feel combines with ski lodge culture to deliver delicious and hearty food of all types. Take a food tour and experience as much of Park City cuisine as you can muster. You won’t want it to end.
Olympic Park – As one of the main hosts to the XIX Winter Olympics, Park City has preserved the courses for pedestrian viewing and creative uses. Even in the summer, visitors can enjoy the bobsled track by riding “The Comet.” Olympic ski jumps, luge tracks and Nordic ski courses are just a few of the other sites available for the public.
Historic Wendover Airfield – The Salt Flats were a proving ground for lots of early flight technology. Stop by the museum in Wendover for a historical look and the innovations that took place in Utah.
Bonneville Salt Flats – As you make your way from Salt Lake to Nevada, you’ll drive through one of the fastest places on earth. This is no excuse to speed, but you may see licensed cars off the road on the perfectly flats salty plains on either side of I-80. The salt flats were created by the massive and ancient Lake Bonneville and are the site of many land speed records. In 1997, Andy Green’s Thrust SSC set the long-standing landspeed record of 763 miles per hour over one mile.
Wendover Casinos – Wendover is the western-most city in Utah and is split down the center by the border with Nevada. This makes it a go-to destination for Utahans looking to gamble. The Rainbow, Peppermill, and Montego Bay casinos provide that entertainment in a way that only Nevada can.