The Gateway Cities: Salt Lake City, UT
Visit Salt Lake and Experience the Rockies
one of the world's great alpine destinations, Salt Lake is
quickly emerging as a shining star of the new American West.
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
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.
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.
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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