With a large metropolis area and the enormous Salt Lake itself, Salt Lake City day trips have much to offer. As the capital of Utah, Salt Lake City day trips through the heart of downtown provide guests with a view of excellent historic architecture. Day trips from Salt Lake City to the surrounding areas are also plentiful and the location of the city, between the Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch Mountains, makes it the ideal starting point for a number of day trips and hikes.
Salt Palace Convention Center
To tour Salt Lake City on foot, travelers will likely want to begin at the Visitor Information Center in the heart of downtown, where travelers can easily pick up a map and other tips for conducting a pleasant walking tour. Next, walk to the Salt Palace Convention Center and the Salt Lake Art Center
Abravanel Hall, home of the Utah Symphony Orchestra, is a lovely place to visit in its own right. Located downtown near some of the other popular attractions in Salt Lake, Abravanel Hall is a also a great place to see a show in the evening. This can be a great way to go out on the town in Salt Lake City.
Head to the Museum of Church History and Art and the Historic Temple Square, the most popular attraction in Salt Lake City. Take time to listen to the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir if you arrive on the weekend (concerts are free and held Saturday and Sunday). After stopping for lunch, spend the afternoon touring the Brigham Young Historic Park, the Brigham Young Monument, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, the Lion House and the Beehive House. If you have time, you may also want to plan to stop at the Clark Planetarium and the Social Hall Heritage Museum as you tour Salt Lake City.
Great Salt Lake State Park
Located only about 15 miles west of Salt Lake City, day trips from Salt Lake City to Great Salt Lake are widely popular among visitors and locals. Although the coastline of the lake changes with the water level, there are times when visitors can swim in the lake and even enjoy water sports such as jet skiing and boating, and Great Salt Lake pictures are a popular vacation souvenir for travelers. The state park does have facilities for showering and boat launching, making a trip to the area a great way to spend a day. There are not, however, food services of any kind, so be sure to pack along lunch, water and some snacks if you plan to spend the day here.
Antelope Island State Park
There are 10 islands in the Great Salt Lake, and Antelope Island is the largest of these. Antelope Island State Park is located 30 miles north of Salt Lake City, making it another of the most popular day trips from Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City day trips to this beautiful state park offer chances to bike and hike on the more than 30 miles of trails and horse paths that cross the island. Boating, swimming, and wildlife watching are also popular pursuits on the island. For any visitors who want to turn their one day trip into an overnight stay, there are even two campsites located on the island.
Whether you take advantage of day trips through the city itself or choose to venture into the outlying areas, Salt Lake City combines the natural beauty and history of the area in a way that makes day trips through the countryside quite enjoyable.