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Salt Lake City is situated at the base of Wasatch Range in the north-central part of Utah. The stunning landscape has mountainous ski terrain blended with farmland. If you’re wondering what to do in Salt Lake City, check out these trip planner ideas.

  1. The Great Salt Lake

    The lake is shallow and covers hundreds of square miles. Because of the high salt content, it’s a great place to float lazily in the water. Many visitors add the floating experience to their list of things to do in Salt Lake City because it is so unique. You can also launch a kayak or canoe to paddle in the lake.

  2. Antelope Island State Park

    Antelope Island State Park is a natural wonderland ready to be explored. Hike or bike nature trails, walk along the sandy beaches and check out the historic Fielding Garr Ranch. Free-range bison are a sight to see in the park.

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  3. The Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve

    This wetlands preserve has majestic mountains as its backdrop. It’s home to migratory birds like bald eagles, California gulls and American white pelicans. Ducks and geese can also be seen as you walk along the boardwalk.

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  4. The Spiral Jetty

    Robert Smithson created a land art installation project in 1970. The project rests in the Great Salt Lake and consists of salt-encrusted rocks that form a spiral pattern. This is definitely worthy of a photo. If the lake water isn’t too high, you can see it from the water. It’s always visible from the sky.

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  5. Willard Bay State Park

    Willard Bay State Park is a wildlife haven. Marinas provide access for boating and skiing on the lake, and you can also swim or fish while you’re there. If it’s wintertime, you might see eagles nesting.

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  6. Ski Territory

    Skiing and snowboarding are huge in Salt Lake City, which has amazing powdery slopes at more than 11,000 feet in elevation. The 2002 Winter Olympic Games were hosted in Salt Lake City, which solidified its place as one of the world’s great winter wonderlands.

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  7. Cultural Attractions

    Salt Lake City is packed with a wide variety of cultural attractions. Visitors will find museums, a planetarium, a zoo and a thriving music scene.

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  8. Nightlife

    The local nightlife is lively, with bars, clubs and breweries all available. There’s actually more than 200 bars in the city, so it would take a lot of vacations to try them all.

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  9. Restaurants

    Salt Lake City has more than 2,000 restaurants, so you’ll have your pick. After a day of skiing or sightseeing, you’re likely to have a big appetite. Diverse menus, budget-friendly options and upscale restaurants give you lots to choose from.

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  10. Monuments and Buildings

    Set out for a little sightseeing and you’ll find some impressive monuments and buildings. The Mormon Tabernacle, Salt Lake Temple and Seagull Monument are all popular landmarks.

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