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Whistlestop tour to Salt Lake City

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Whistlestop tour to Salt Lake City

Doing a quick trip to SLC en route from Rockies to Yellowstone. Coming from Steamboat Springs (Co), then on to Jackson (Wy). Planning an overnight stop in SLC. Madness? Any top tips on what to fit in? Where is it best to lounge in a salt lake?? Also want to see the main sights of SLC.

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1. Re: Whistlestop tour to Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is fine, but here's two better options.

First, the quickest route is simply to head west on US40 to Craig, north to I-80 then up to Jackson. You can probably do that in six hours or so.

If you want to add another stop, I would recommend our mountain resort village of Park City which is just east of Salt Lake City. It will save you a lot of time and provide you with a relaxing evening in a great mountain environment with tons of restaurants, shops, etc. at lower summertime prices. It's about 5-6 hours from Steamboat and another 5 up to Jackson, so it's adding a good four hours to your trip. SLC would add another hour. From Steamboat just get on US40 and drive 320 miles.

Have fun.

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You don't specify a date but it sounds like your trip is going to be during the summer. Salt Lake City is the unofficial capital of the Intermountain West. It is one of the oldest settlements in the Great Basin and the hub of culture in this formerly (still?) wild territory. There are many different attractions: historical, cultural, and geographical. I will list what I think are the top ones in each category and you can Google them to see if it interests you:

Historical Attractions

1. Temple Square - http://www.visittemplesquare.com/

2. Daughter's of Utah Pioneer - www.dupinternational.org/dyn_page.php…

3. This is the Place State Park - http://www.thisistheplace.org/

4. Cathedral of the Madeleine - http://www.utcotm.org/

5. State Capitol Building - https://utahstatecapitol.utah.gov/

5. Other historical buildings - www.utahheritagefoundation.com/guided-tours


I see you're from England, you win. Skip this category.

Physical Geography

1. Great Salt Lake Marina - http://www.gslmarina.com/

2. Antelope Island - www.stateparks.utah.gov/parks/antelope-island

3. Snowbird Resort and Tram - http://www.snowbird.com/

4. Albion Basin - fs.fed.us/wildflowers/…

Park City is wonderful also, you can hit that on your way out of town if you go on I-80.

I hope that helps

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3. Re: Whistlestop tour to Salt Lake City

I'm with Tumbleweed thinking that is certainly the long way to Jackson. Not sure if it is worth it myself, despite the fact that I enjoy what SLC has for us, just not sure it quite compares to the Yellowstone and the Tetons. (and I also wouldn't come this direction for an overnight at Park CIty either, as nice as it is...)

That said, if you want to see the city, for an overnight visit you'll want to stay in the downtown area. See Temple Square and surrounding area, the Capitol. I love the history and art museum right next door to the family history library.

On the way north you'll have the best place to see the Great Salt Lake by going to Antelope Island state park. It is a desert island and very hot in the summer. You can try floating at the beach at Bridger Bay. Prepare for a long walk first. There are kayak and peddle boat rentals if you want to try that for an hour or so near the causeway.

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