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During your Park City vacation be sure to take the 30 mile drive west to Utah’s capital, Salt Lake City, and enjoy plenty of exciting indoor and outdoor activities and attractions.

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  • Salt Lake City is located just 30 miles west of Park City. 
  • Visit Historic Temple Square and take a walking tour of local monuments and museums. 
  • Enjoy wintertime fun at several ski resorts or float in Great Salt Lake. 
  • Salt Lake City offers fine dining, luxury hotels, and plenty of public transportation. 


Salt Lake City is Utah’s gateway destination to great ski resorts, National and State Parks, and a host of attractions. Historic monuments, buildings and museums fill the metropolitan area and nighttime draws crowds to a variety of clubs, sports bars, and performance halls. Accommodation and transportation options are numerous and dining options range from classic American fare to exotic cuisine.


Salt Lake City is located in northeastern Utah, off Interstate-80 near the southern end of Great Salt Lake.


Accommodation choices are limitless with luxury lodges and resorts located in the nearby Wasatch Mountains, thousands of hotel and economy motel rooms are situated in the city as well as bed and breakfasts and local RV parks and campgrounds.

For dining, choose from homemade American meals to more adventurous cuisine and everything in between. Relax in coffee shops or sample local brews in sports bars and clubs.

Transportation is not a problem in this capital city. Fly into Salt Lake City International Airport and rent a car or drive down Interstate-80 then park and ride in public buses, light rail, or taxis.


In winter, head to area ski resorts in the Wasatch Mountains for plenty of downhill and snowboarding fun. In summertime, hiking, mountain biking, and camping are all popular activities. When it’s too hot or cold to play outdoors, enjoy guided tours, shopping and sight-seeing within the city, catch a Utah Jazz basketball game or other sporting event, or enjoy a drive down a local scenic byway.


Pack your Salt Lake City itinerary with a visit to Historic Temple Square followed by a walking tour of nearby sites including Deuel Pioneer Log Cabin and the Museum of Church History and Art. Take the kids to Clark Planetarium, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, or check out interesting items at Gilgal Sculpture Gardens. If classical music is your preference, enjoy a relaxing symphony performance at Abravenell Hall.

Great Salt Lake is a must-see during summer with plenty of wildlife viewing opportunity along the shoreline and on Antelope Island as well as boating and swimming or take the 15-mile journey through Big Cottonwood Canyon for some amazing scenery and easy hikes to several lakes. In wintertime, head to local ski resorts including Solitude, Snowbird and Alta.

Getting Here

To reach Salt Lake City from Park City, simply head north on UT-224 for 4 miles then turn left and head west on Interstate-80 for approximately 30 miles, passing through Wasatch National Forest.