Salt Lake City Overview
Salt Lake City is the vibrant, urban heart of Utah. Nestled within a valley, known as the Wasatch Front. It provides all the landmark establishments, high-rated dining and nightlife, creative culture, urban edginess and local events you expect to find in a thriving metropolis area. As one of the earliest settlements in the western United States — which was then, still very much the Wild West seen in the movies — it has a uniquely historic feel compared to other western capital cities.
Salt Lake’s official elevation is 4,330 feet (1,320 meters) above sea level, giving it a mountain town quality. Looking to the east, the foothills surrounding the locally-championed University of Utah immediately give way to the airy 11,000+ feet peaks of the Wasatch Mountains, home to the world-renowned ski areas of Alta, Snowbird, Brighton and Solitude, just 30 minutes from downtown.
Salt Lake City makes a great gateway for those making a trip to Utah’s renowned red rock country and The Mighty 5 National Parks. Frequently referred to as the “Crossroads of the West,” its location is also ideal for longer road-trips northward to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
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