About Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah, has a metropolitan area population of about 1 million. Salt Lake is best known for hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics, serving as the international home of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and having strong outdoor recreation and tourism industries. Salt Lake City is 4,327 feet (1,320 m) above sea level. The city is located in the northeast corner of the Salt Lake Valley. It is bordered by the Great Salt Lake to the northwest and by the steep Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges to the east and west, respectively. The highest summit visible from Salt Lake City is Twin Peaks, which reaches 11,330 feet (3454 m). The Salt Lake Valley floor is the ancient lakebed of Lake Bonneville, which existed at the end of the last Ice Age. Several Lake Bonneville shorelines can be distinctly seen on the foothills or benches of nearby mountains.
In the fall, nearby canyons are filled with the vibrant colors of aspen groves and other trees. Temperatures remain warm enough for comfortable outdoor recreation. October average temperatures range from a daytime high of 65 °F/18 °C to an evening low of 46 °F /6 °C.
Salt Lake has every amenity a traveler could need. Museums include the LDS Church History Museum, the Clark Planetarium, the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, a Natural History Museum, and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. The City Creek Center area, located just across from the Convention Center, is the downtown arts hub, and has several theaters and galleries. The local music scene is very diverse, with a variety of venues supporting local music nightly. There is ample access to hospitals and places of worship. The city is easily explored on foot, by bicycle, or by using the TRAX public transit system.
Utah, whose name is derived from one of its first native residents, the Ute tribe, is the fastest growing state in the United States and was rated in 2012 as the “best state to live in” by Money magazine. The primary economic industries in Utah include mining, outdoor recreation, tourism, transportation, services, and information technology and research. Utah’s geography is very diverse. It hosts three unique geologic regions: the Colorado Plateau, the Great Basin, and the Rocky Mountains. Sandstone formations dominate the southern landscape, creating spectacular natural arches, mesas, buttes and vistas. The Wasatch Mountain Range (highest peak is 11,928 ft/3,636 m) runs down the center of northern Utah and hosts world-famous ski resorts. The Uinta Mountains (highest peak 13,258 ft/4123 m) run east to west. Areas of Utah primarily range from arid to semi-arid, with the exception of the higher elevation areas in the Wasatch that benefit from the lake effect.
Salt Lake City boasts a large international airport, welcoming 20 million passengers from around the world in 2012 alone. Travel to and from Salt Lake City can be either direct or through a number of other international airports around the United States.
As of April 2014, the TRAX light rall line will run from the airport to downtown Salt Lake City. Riders can board at the station and Welcome Center just outside terminal one. The fare is $2.50 and trains will run every 15 minutes. THe Utah Transit Authority runs a bus from the airport to the city center every day for $2.25 one way. Bus stops are located in the parking structure between Terminals 1 and 2. Please visit www.rideuta.com for schedules. Express Shuttle costs $8(one-way) from the airport to downtown hotels. A counter is available in the airport or by calling (800) 397-0773.
Taxis are available outside Door #7 and Door #11 at the airport. A trip from airport to downtown hotels takes about 15 minutes and will cost around $25.
Several hotels also offer complimentary shuttle service from the airport; please check your hotel website to see if this service is available.
There are several rental car agencies located in the airport. Prices depend on the type of vehicle and rental period. A valid driver’s license issued in your home country is required, and obtaining an international Driving Permit is also a good idea.
Travel Around Salt Lake City
The Salt Palace Convention Center and surrounding Congress hotels are all within four blocks of each other, making walking the best choice for quick and easy transportation. The TRAX light rail runs just one block east of the Convention Center, making getting around simple. Buses also run throughout the city. Please see www.rideuta.com for more information.