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About Salt Lake
Salt Lake is a vibrant metropolitan area of 1 million people flanked by the majestic Wasatch Mountains. Just minutes from downtown and ranked the nation's #1 on-time arrival and departure airport, Salt Lake City International is served by all major US airlines and is the western hub for Delta Air Lines. The Salt Palace Convention Center in the heart of downtown offers 515,000 sf of exhibit space, a 45,000 sf ballroom and 67 meeting rooms. More than 17,000 hotel rooms are located in the metro area, 6,738 within the walkable convention district. A modern light rail line connects the hotels, convention center, shops, restaurants and night spots within the convention district's free-fare zone.
Drinking in Salt Lake
Let's be honest, Utah's liquor laws have caused confusion and befuddlement for decades. However, the state has passed sweeping changes to the state's baffling and oft-criticized liquor laws─including the elimination the state's private club system─a move that simply adds to Utah's ever-growing attributes as a world-class convention and tourism destination by making the state's clubs and bars easily accessible. Surprising to many first-time visitors but long-known by locals and longtime visitors, Salt Lake is home to numerous brew pubs featuring award-winning brewmasters and an eclectic, diverse nightlife scene. Couple that with Salt Lake's incredible meeting facilities, expansive array of accommodations and dining options, vibrant cultural arts scene and world-class outdoor recreation, and Salt Lake is an attractive destination for any and all groups.
Salt Lake is the definition of a four-season destination, with each season having its fair share of fans. Winter brings more than 500" of the "Greatest Snow On Earth" to Salt Lake's four world-class resorts, just 40 minutes from downtown. Spring brings new life to the city, where the flowers and fauna come to life as the snow-capped Wasatch Mountains offer an incredible backdrop. With summer comes even more outdoor recreation, events, concerts, dining and a relaxed joie de vie to Salt Lake's unique neighborhoods. Come autumn, the fall foliage bursts onto the scene along the foothills and in the mountains, tempting visitors and locals alike to take advantage of the endless hiking and biking trails.
Average daily temperature
January - 29.2 F / -1.5 C
February - 34.5 F / 1.4 C
March - 43.1 F / 6.2 C
April - 50 F / 10 C
May - 58.9 F / 14.9 C
June - 69 F / 20.5 C
July - 77 F / 25 C
August - 75.6 F / 24.2 C
September - 65 F / 18.3 C
October - 52.5 F / 11.4 C
November - 39.6 F / 4.2 C
December - 30.2 F / -1 C
Salt Lake is known as the "Crossroads of the West" for good reason. It is, without a doubt, one of the most accessible destinations in North America. Rated #1 for on-time arrivals and departures year after year, the Salt Lake City International Airport and its nearly 800 daily scheduled flights is within a 2.5 hour flight of half the U.S. population and is Delta Air Lines second largest hub. Upon landing at SLC Int'l, it's a short 8-minute drive to downtown Salt Lake and its convention district, and just 40 minutes to Salt Lake's four world-class resorts.
Gateway to Adventure
Salt Lake is within just a few short hours' drive of over 20 stunning national parks and monuments, making for a truly memorable pre- or post-trip.
Mileage To National Parks
Arches National Park - 232 miles / 376 kilometers
Bryce Canyon National Park - 270 miles / 437 kilometers
Canyonlands National Park - 249 miles / 403 kilometers
Capitol Reef National Park - 229 miles / 371 kilometers
Grand Canyon National Park - 368 miles / 596 kilometers
Yellowstone National Park - 325 miles / 526 kilometers
Zion National Park - 350 miles / 567 kilometers
Dining in Salt Lake is a culinary adventure, with hundreds of restaurants offering a remarkable variety of cuisine and atmosphere. The city's thriving dining scene includes a wide variety of options, from organic and vegetarian to steak and seafood. And if you crave something exotic, you'll find a rich ethnic mix available, from Afghan to Vietnamese. From friendly, relaxed brewpubs serving freshly brewed local ales to fine-dining establishments serving lively cocktails and superb vintage wines, Salt Lake delivers.
- Within the convention district there are 170+ restaurants, cafes, and nightspots.
- 13 Salt Lake restaurants hold Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.
- Salt Lake is home to 65 Zagat-rated restaurants, 39 of those in the convention district.
Over the past few years, Salt Lake has cultivated a vibrant nightlife scene that surprises many first-time visitors. With new downtown clubs and updated "normalized" liquor laws, the city's nightlife is easily on par with most other metropolitan settings.
- 38 nightspots in the convention district include jazz and dance clubs, live music venues, brewpubs and sports bars.
- One of the West's great wine stores is located in Salt Lake, blocks from the convention district, and boasts more than 3,000 wine varieties with more than 30,000 bottles in stock.
- Year after year at both the Great American Beer Festival and the prestigious World Beer Cup, "craft-brewed" beers from Salt Lake's local breweries walk away with numerous medals.
- Special local brews are offered in the bars within the convention district, including a club where you will find Salt Lake's biggest selection of beer─more than 200 bottled beers and 31 draft beers on tap.
Salt Lake and shopping have gone hand in hand for well over a century. The first department store in the U.S. opened for business here in 1868. Today the Salt Lake Valley offers plenty of options for incredible shopping excursions, including malls, shopping villages, specialty boutiques, antique and collectible shops, bookstores, factory outlet malls, outdoor shopping, and entertainment destinations, and much more. City Creek Shopping Center, Salt Lake's newest, state-of-the-art shopping destination, is right across the street from the Salt Palace Convention Center and offers over 110 upscale shops and restaurants.
Salt Lake Activity Passes
Visit Salt Lake Connect Pass
Short: The Visit Salt Lake Connect Pass offers locals and visitors alike a streamlined way to enjoy Salt Lake's top attractions, all at an incredible value.
Long: The Visit Salt Lake Connect Pass lets locals and visitors take advantage of the city's proximity to both urban and mountain adventures. Available as a 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, or 365-day pass, the Visit Salt Lake Connect Pass allows entrance into 13 of Salt Lake's top attractions, including museums, the zoo, a tram ride to an 11,000-foot peak, an aviary, historical sites, and more. Pass holders may visit as many attractions as they like while their pass is active, but they are limited to one (1) visit at each participating attraction.
Ski City Super Pass
Short: The Ski City Super Pass is the most convenient and value-laden lift ticket pass program in the nation. Good at each of Salt Lake's four world-class resorts—Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude—the Super Pass lets you choose where and when you want to ski.
Long: The Ski City Super Pass is the most convenient and value-laden lift ticket pass program in the nation. Sold in increments of 1 to 10 days and active over a 7-14 day period, the Super Pass is good at each of Salt Lake's four world-class resorts—Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude—giving you the chance to enjoy Utah's "Greatest Snow On Earth" on more than 7,500 skiable acres. In addition to skiing or snowboarding where you want, when you want, the Super Pass also includes FREE transportation to/from the resorts via the UTA Ski Bus and TRAX lightrail system, as well as a 20% discount on all ski and snowboard rental equipment at convenient resort locations. The Ski City Super Pass: value, flexibility, and convenience.