Salt Lake City Day Trips
Great Salt Lake © DR04
Great Salt Lake
Thought to be the second saltiest body of
water in the world after the Dead Sea, floating weightlessly in the
water of the Great Salt Lake is one of the main attractions of the
region. The huge lake is also a World Heritage Bird Sanctuary due
to the numbers of migratory birds that eat the saline water's brine
flies and shrimp. Antelope Island is the largest of the lake's ten
islands and reached either by boat or causeway, offering excellent
picnics, hiking and camping. It also boasts a herd of American
Bison, introduced in 1893, and other interesting animals such as
coyotes, bobcats and elk.
Green River, Dinosaur National Monument © Michael Overton
Dinosaur National Monument
The Dinosaur National Monument straddles the border between Utah and Colorado, preserving the layers of rock in which dinosaur bones from the Jurassic period were embedded. Full skeletons were discovered at a newly-made quarry, as well as fossils of sea creatures up to three times older than the dinosaurs. A visitor centre has been built over the quarry to protect the fossils. Forming one of the walls is an exposed rock layer containing more than 2,000 dinosaur bones that has been enclosed as a permanent exhibit. The surrounding area also has beautiful mountain scenery, with its deep mountain canyons, forests and hiking trails, on top of unique wildlife and thrilling Colorado rapids.
Park City, Utah © Brad.K
The holiday destination of Park City is famous for its three world-class ski resorts. The Canyons features eight mountains, 146 trails and 3,500 acres (1,416 ha) of diverse terrain, suited to every style and ability. Deer Valley Resort contains thrilling chutes and bowls, and caters to families and ski champs alike. Park City Mountain Resort also has something for everyone, from deep powder bowls and long groomed runs to world-class terrain parks and a superpipe. The historic district adds character, now home to stylish condos and a sophisticated resort community. There's a plethora of restaurants and bars, while the Sundance Film Festival is one of the most anticipated events on the film industry calendar.
Solitude Mountain Resort © Baileypalblue
SolitudeLocated 30 miles (48km) southeast of Salt Lake City, Solitude Mountain Resort is one of the smaller, quieter ski resorts in Utah and most popular with families on weekend getaways. Situated in Big Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains, the resort boasts incredible natural beauty. As far as skiing is concerned, Solitude caters mainly to the beginner and intermediate markets, with 70 percent of its slopes being graded at these levels. Solitude contains about 64 trails on 1,200 acres (486 ha) and a wealth of high-quality lodging, shopping and dining facilities. It's consistently voted in the top 20 family ski resorts in the USA.
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