Although Salt Lake City is loaded with international dining options, trendy coffee houses and friendly locals, you may also be looking to get outside the city to see more of what spectacular Utah has to offer. Read ahead for some local tips to make day-tripping outside Salt Lake City a memorable experience.
One of Salt Lake’s lesser-known ski resorts, Powder Mountain, is a picturesque year-round retreat. This local secret boasts world-class skiing (but without the crowds) with 154 trails, two terrain parks and nine lifts. If skiing isn’t your thing, you can also enjoy a day of mountain biking, hiking and trail running. After a day spent on the slopes, refuel with some appetizing tacos and beer; or New York-style pizza and a pint. Recommended by local insider David Smurthwaite
If you’re looking to escape Salt Lake Valley without traveling too far, there are few places as picturesque as Park City. Just 28 miles from Salt Lake City, Park City Olympic Park is a must for athletes and sports enthusiasts. Get your adrenaline pumping with bobsledding, ziplining or extreme tubing. Park City Olympic Park offers fun for all ages. While you’re here, take a guided tour of the park, where you can learn about its impressive and long-standing Olympic history. Recommended by local insider David Smurthwaite
Experience the best views of Utah’s pristine landscape from aboard a hot air balloon. Float up 1,000 feet (305m) while taking in the luscious mountains and rugged terrain. Whether its snow-covered mountains in the winter, an autumnal burst of color in the fall or blue skies and clear views in the summertime, a hot air balloon ride will give you unparalleled views of Park City (and beyond). If you’re enjoying a romantic getaway, request a two-person ride with a champagne toast for the ultimate swoon-worthy experience. Recommended by local insider David Smurthwaite