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The Gateway Cities: Salt Lake City, UT

Visit Salt Lake and Experience the Rockies

As one of the world's great alpine destinations, Salt Lake is quickly emerging as a shining star of the new American SLC CapitalWest. An international debut during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games introduced the world to this vibrant, safe and beautiful community. Framed on all sides by dramatic granite cliffs, Salt Lake offers unparalleled access to outdoor recreation, remarkable history, and a bustling economy that continues to transform this former pioneer town into a sophisticated metropolitan city.

Less than 40 minutes from the city center, you can take in the spectacular vistas atop the Snowbird Tram at 11,000-foot Hidden Peak or walk through waist-high wildflowers in the Albion Basin. Closer to the city, you can bask in the melodies of an alfresco concert or mountain bike on one of the many trails just minutes from downtown. In the midst of a major urban renaissance, Salt Lake is booming with new attractions, hotels, spas, clubs, bars, and funky shopping districts. One of the legacies of the Olympics is an increased vibrancy in Salt Lake's nightlife. A number of new restaurants, bars and clubs opened for Olympic-sized parties during the Games, and they haven't slowed down since.

Combining all the amenities of a big-city destination with the ambiance of a mountain resort, Salt Lake's cityscape is dominated by Rocky Mountain attitudes and altitudes. In the spring, mountain hills are adorned with wildflowers and impromptu waterfalls. During summer months, hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking are just minutes away. A blaze of brilliant foliage erupts on canyon walls in autumn. When the snow falls, visitors flock to the world-famous Ski Salt Lake resorts of Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude, less than forty minutes from downtown.

Salt Lake's recreational options are boundless, with designated wilderness areas just minutes from more than 17,000 hotel rooms. Travelers to Salt Lake can enjoy a world-class art museum or shop in trendy boutiques, and find themselves in a pristine alpine meadow a half-hour later. Hikers, rock climbers, and mountain bikers can revive and rejuvenate in one of the world-class, city-based spas dotting Salt Lake's landscape. Skiers and snowboarders can ride some of the greatest terrain in the world during the day and enjoy an NBA basketball game at night. And all visitors to Salt Lake can appreciate the emerging seasonal mountain cuisine that defines menus at hundreds of unique Salt Lake restaurants. SLC Skyline

Located in the center of the American West, Salt Lake is also the gateway to national parks, including Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, the Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Monument Valley, Yellowstone and Zion. America's Dead Sea, the Great Salt Lake, offers sailing and nightly dinner cruises in waters eight times saltier than the Pacific Ocean.

Hosting the Olympics enhanced Salt Lake's profile as a world-class travel destination, yet the city retains its essence as an unspoiled, affordable, family-friendly destination. Salt Lake offers a combination of city amenities and alpine splendor that makes it unique among American cities. Big-city cosmopolitan meets rugged adventure in Salt Lake this summer.








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