Salt Lake City travel guide

The Crossroads of the West

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You're Going to Love Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City offers a unique blend of history, scenery, and modern tourist attractions. Throw away any preconceptions you might have about Utah's capital. This is one of America's finest city break destinations.

If you want to get away from it all, there's no better city to visit. Try out the world-class slopes at ski resorts like Snowbird, take a sailing craft out on the Great Salt Lake or hike to gorgeous mountain spots like Ensign Peak.

Back in town, you can check out historical areas like the Avenues and tour the Mormon Temple before sampling the city's exciting dining culture. With gourmet Asian restaurants like Sushi Groove and old-fashioned steak joints like Shula's 347 Grill, Salt Lake City is a wonderful place to eat.

Catch a Utah Jazz basketball match, try the award-winning local brews at the Red Rock Brewing Company and just take it easy in this welcoming state capital.

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When to Visit Salt Lake City

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If you want to avoid the crowds, think about visiting Salt Lake City between September and November. Ski season won't have started, and family groups will be scarce, leaving the major attractions free of the throngs. The weather should be fine at that time of year as well, with a September average of almost 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

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How to Get to Salt Lake City

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Where to Stay in Salt Lake City

Popular hotels in the center of town include the Grand America Hotel, the Marriott Downtown at City Creek and the Hotel Monaco, all of which provide comfortable lodgings in convenient locations. If you want something more offbeat, try the boutique rooms of the Peery Hotel (which also offers stunning mountain views). Budget travelers should check out Park City Hostel, which offers dorm beds at bargain prices.

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Shopping Streets

Salt Lake City is jammed full of shopping malls, making it one of the West's leading retail destinations. The best place to head for branded goods is the Gateway Mall, built to coincide with the 2002 Winter Olympics and home to stores like Abercrombie & Fitch, PacSun and Barnes & Noble. The City Creek Center features an Apple Store, H&M and Macy's. There are also market squares and streets with a more local feel. Trolley Square is the place to head if you want to shop at independent boutiques.

Groceries and Other

Stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's have Downtown outlets, but for the cheapest grocery shopping, visitors should look to the suburbs, where you'll find Walmart Supercenters and KMart stores in every district. One of the great things about Salt Lake City is grocery prices. The city is one of the cheapest in the U.S., and you can expect to pay around $1.90 for 12 eggs or $1.45 for a pound of apples.

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Where to Eat in Salt Lake City

Utah isn't famous for its distinctive cuisine, but that doesn't mean Salt Lake City is a boring dining destination. Far from it, in fact. There are plenty of fantastic places to eat, from superb Japanese restaurants like Sushi Groove to Vietnamese eateries like the counter diner Oh Mai, and even Nepali places like the Kathmandu. You can grab a gourmet steak at Shula's 347 Grill, snack on delicious tacos from Tres Hombres or enjoy the seafood with a beer at the laid-back Bucket'O'Crawfish restaurant. Expect to pay around $10-15 for a mid-range meal and around $40 for dinner at a high-end restaurant.