Should You Visit Salt Lake City?

Is Salt Lake City worth visiting?

Yes, Salt Lake City is absolutely a city that any traveler should visit. During our time here, we had so much fun.

Whether you're a traveling as a family or a couple, this city has a lot to offer. Any local will tell you what makes it special is the fantastic museums and spectacular food.

Salt Lake City is the capital of the state of Utah. It's also known as the religious center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many visitors find the architectural and religious landmarks around town to be both beautiful and fascinating. The city is also very close to several top ski destinations.

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5 Reasons to Visit Salt Lake City

1. Museums

Many of the fascinating sights around town are influenced by the city's Mormon culture. Temple Square is a highlight for most visitors. It spans 35 acres and is beautifully landscaped with several fountains. There are also four main churches - The Temple, the Tabernacle, the Temple Annex, and Assembly Hall. The city also has several museums such as the Natural History Museum and the historic Liberty Park.

2. Food

In recent years the food scene has really improved and you'll find a variety of restaurants that serve everything from upscale dishes to more casual fare.

3. Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

There are a number of good ski resorts nearby, making this a good base or starting point for a ski vacation.

4. Hiking

The city offers easy access to many diverse trails, so if you're a nature enthusiasts, you'll appreciate this destination.

5. Shopping

The city has sprawling outlet malls as well as local stores and craft shops. City Creek Center is a favorite shopping destination, but there are also several large shopping malls that are worth visiting.

Things to Consider Before Visiting Salt Lake City

Nightlife: Most people don't associate Salt Lake City with a lively nightlife scene. Known for its large Mormon population, nightlife isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Salt Lake City. While it will likely never be a party city, there are a growing number of entertainment options around town.

Getting Around
The area is not very walkable, and public transit is not great here, so it might be difficult to get around without arranging your own transportation.

The Cost
Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Salt Lake City might be an expensive destination for you. You can find out the travel costs for Salt Lake City here or see if Salt Lake City is expensive here.


What is Salt Lake City most famous for?

Salt Lake City is most famous for its religious landmarks and its large Mormon population. People visit this impressive city for its great museums. Also, it's known for food, scuba diving & snorkeling, hiking, and shopping. It is often described as religious, architectural, and notable.

What is the most famous sight in Salt Lake City?

The most popular sight in Salt Lake City is Temple Square. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Salt Lake City on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for Temple Square and other attractions here.

How touristy is Salt Lake City? Is it a popular city to visit?

Salt Lake City is a popular city for tourists and travelers. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)

    • Great Salt Lake Flying Tour: $249
    • Salt Lake City Food and Drink Walking Tour: $150
    • Salt Lake City 20 Sites Tour + Free Photographer: $200
    • eBike City Tour: $135
    • Private Half-Day tour to Bonneville Salt Flats: $250
    • 2 Hour Salt Lake Boat Tour with Swimming on the Lake: $79
    • Salt Lake City Walking Tour: $50
    • Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island Day Tour: $145

    How long should I spend in Salt Lake City?

    The ideal length of time for a trip to Salt Lake City is two to three days. Since Salt Lake City has activities such as museums, many visit for up to three days.

    If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Salt Lake City? and Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Salt Lake City?.