Bordered by the Great Salt Lake and nestled among the mountains of the Wasatch Range, Salt Lake City is perfectly situated for urban wanderings and outdoor adventures. Whether you are looking for a city-center stroll or a challenging hike, you are guaranteed to find lots of fun things to do in this great city. Below, therefore, we take a look at 5 fun things to do in Salt Lake City as follows:
For smooth-cruising tracks that allow you to take in the unique landscape and sweeping views, head to the Antelope Island State Park located just Northwest of Salt Lake City. Here, the beautiful and sometimes other-worldly scenery offers families and novices the opportunity to enjoy riding on the two-mile Lakeshore Trail and paved causeways. There is also a White Rock Bay Loop (9 miles) that offers visitors a bit more of a challenge as well as incredible lake-side scenery. Be on the lookout for massive cliffs and boulders that expose rocks that are over 2.7 billion years old.
For a beautiful hike with waterfall viewing opportunities, head down to the Bell Canyon trail. Located off the Wasatch Blvd and in the mountains east of the Sandy community, the Bell Canyon trailhead is a must-visit on a trip to Salt Lake City. Another favorite in this area is the Donut Falls where you can hike the forested trail to its namesake, Donut Falls, a waterfall gushing through a hole in the mountainside.
- Snowboarding and skiing
If you decide to visit Salt Lake City during the ski reason, make sure you explore the city’s ski resorts. Snowbird, Solitude Mountain, and Alta are all located to the east of the city (Wasatch Range) with the latter a favorite destination for seasoned skiers. However, snowboarders are, controversially, not allowed here unlike Snowbird where skiers and snowboarders alike are welcome.
- Shopping and site seeing
Do not make the mistake of leaving Salt Lake City without stopping by Temple Square- an expansive complex owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that offers magnificent architecture, beautiful gardens, and over 200 years of history.
- Check out the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
Boasting over 2,500 animals, with 450 different species the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is fun for visitors of all ages and offers a chance to sample not only fish, but birds and mammals as well. It houses four main sections i.e. Ocean explorer, South America, the Antarctic area, and the local location appropriately referred to as Discover Utah. The aquarium is located at Lone Peak Parkway, Draper.