3 Day Trips from Salt Lake City

Trip Advisor will tell the average tourist that sites such as Temple Square, the Natural History Museum and the Utah State Capitol building are the must-sees in Salt Lake. But you don’t want to be just an average tourist, do you? Utah has so much beauty (we even have our own hashtag #beUTAHful) and you will miss it if you only focus your attention on downtown SLC. While there are many, many potential day trips one could take, I’d like to personally suggest three that I’ve loved!

#1 Zion National Park

Just a 4.5 hour drive, Zion National Park could take a whole day or your whole weekend! The most popular hike is Angel’s Landing (pictured above). Start the day early (i.e. leave SLC around 6am) if it’s a just a day trip. I personally visited Zion over a long weekend and I stayed at Zion View Bed and Breakfast (which I recommend whole-heartedly). Southern Utah has a charm of its own that must be experienced at least once in your lifetime.

#2 Park City

A quick 35 min ride from the Salt Lake City International Airport, Park City is celebrity hotspot and skier’s paradise. With world-famous powder, the Sundance Film Festival, and a charming Main Street, you can’t help but love an afternoon spent in Park City.

Personal Tip: Look up a parking map online before you go. Street parking is expensive but there’s free parking garages behind Main Street on the east side.


#3 Alpine Loop

This is a scenic drive that is best experienced in the autumn. I went in October. Just follow Highway #92 up through American Fork Canyon and you’ll come back out in the city of Orem. The loop takes about an hour without stopping. Simply mention that you’re just driving through at the entrance of the national forest to save money on the entrance fee!


Now you’re all set for your next trip to Salt Lake City, Utah. We Utahns LOVE our state and I’m sure after your visit, you will too.

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