Explore Utah’s unique mix of entertainment and recreation
Nestled between two mountain ranges, Salt Lake City and the surrounding area is a popular choice with new homebuyers looking for outdoor recreation, beautiful scenery and entertainment. According to VisitSaltLake.com, Salt Lake City has a mere 200,544 residents (2018 Census). A relatively low population means homeowners enjoy all the amenities of a vibrant city with a casual, mountain-town vibe.
History of Salt Lake City
Originally settled by Mormons, Salt Lake City is headquarters to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, located in the 10-acre Temple Square downtown. The impressive temple and grounds are host to a variety of concerts and cultural events—many free of charge. The temple is also home to the critically acclaimed Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, a popular attraction, especially during the holiday season.
Salt Lake City and the surrounding area offer a wealth of activities for visitors and residents alike. Attractions include:
One of the most visited attractions in Utah, this zoo covers 42-acres of ground and is home to over 800 animals. One popular exhibit, African Savanna, immerses visitors in life on the plains of East Africa.
This world-class aquarium encourages the exploration of our planet’s diverse ecosystems. Exhibits include everything from sharks to sea turtles and penguins.
This unique destination recreates aspects of pioneer life and lets visitors try their hand at being a blacksmith, a saddle maker and more.
Located in downtown Salt Lake City, this arena hosts a variety of events, including the Utah Jazz games, as well as concerts and shows for the whole family. It’s currently undergoing a state-of-the-art $125 million renovation.
Built in 1994, this baseball field is home to the Salt Lake Bees minor league baseball team. The ballpark is a popular destination for families looking to enjoy America’s favorite pastime.
This shopping center not only boasts an impressive mix of luxury retail stores and delectable dining options, but also a fully retractable glass roof, a pedestrian sky bridge, and water features, including a creek, fish pond and waterfalls.
With over 100 acres of gardens, visitors can stroll through stunning flower displays or relax at a summer concert and take in the views. Seasonal activities, including art exhibits, mean there’s always something new to experience.
Home to the Real Salt Lake and said to be the most beautiful stadium in all major league soccer, this architectural feat is located just minutes from Salt Lake City and provides visitors with remarkable mountain views and fabulous amenities at concerts, soccer games and other sporting events.
While Salt Lake City offers a wide selection of food and beverage tours to savor, the Salt Lake Brewery tour continues to grow in popularity, introducing beer drinkers of all brew backgrounds to award-winning craft pints.
The Salt Lake International Airport is currently undergoing a $4 billion renovation including a new terminal, a new parking garage with double the capacity and new concourses.
- Colleges and Universities
Salt Lake City is home to the University of Utah, which also has a medical school. Other nearby notable universities include Utah Valley University, Brigham Young University and Utah State University.
Mountains and recreation
The mountain ranges surrounding Salt Lake City are one of the biggest draws for recreation in the area. The Salt Lake Valley sits at the base of the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges, putting hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing in local canyons and national parks within easy reach.
Utah is all about its beautiful national parks, coining them The Mighty 5®. Check out the state’s website to plan a trip to one of these incredible destinations. Several pre-planned itineraries are available.
Open year-round and home to buffalo, antelope, bighorn sheep and more, Antelope Island State Park provides tours of the Fielding Garr Historic Ranch house, as well as hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking.
Located just 110 miles west of Salt Lake City, the ethereal Bonneville Salt Flats cover 46 square miles of pristine, sprawling salt crust formed at the end of the last Ice Age.
It’s no secret why Salt Lake City was chosen for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. In the winter, skiing is king. Nearby Big Cottonwood Canyon and Little Cotton Wood Canyon offer a unique alpine experience with incredible skiing during the winter and hiking, biking, climbing and fishing during the summer. Other area ski resorts, such as Ogden, Park City and Sundance Mountain Resort provide hours of entertainment for the whole family. Park City is also the site of the Sundance Film Festival, a world-renowned event dedicated to discovering new films and identifying new talent in cinema.
Life on the lake
We can’t talk about life in Salt Lake City without mentioning Great Salt Lake, the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere, stretching 1,700 miles!
Moving to the Salt Lake City area
A popular relocation destination, the cities and suburbs surrounding Salt Lake City have something for every homebuyer. New construction homes available in these areas allow residents to enjoy the ease of convenience of a brand new home with quick access to Salt Lake City amenities. As a relocator, you may want to consider the following Salt Lake area cities:
American Fork simultaneously provides the comfort of a quaint, small town and the amenities of a metropolitan city. Interstate 15 offers easy access, just 30 miles north, to Salt Lake City.
Eagle Mountain is a new, growing community in Utah’s urban corridor, full of family-friendly neighborhoods and an abundance of open space.
The second most populous city in Tooele County, Grantsville is located 40 miles west of Salt Lake City.
Just west of the Mountain View Corridor, Herriman City is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.
Layton is nestled between the Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake’s Farmington Bay, providing breathtaking views and a variety of outdoor recreation.
Lehi City is a Wasatch Front community rich in history. Nicknamed “The Silicon Slopes,” many tech corporations have headquarters in the area.
Appropriately nicknamed the “Home to Adventure,” Payson hosts the Nebo Loop scenic byway and access to nearby mountains.
Pleasant Grove, also known as “Utah’s City of Trees,” is a family-friendly city with top-notch schools, delicious restaurants and beautiful views.
Located on the northwest shores of Utah Lake, Saratoga Springs offers a rural atmosphere with a beautiful mountain backdrop.
Located in Tooele County, Stansbury Park is a newer community southwest of Salt Lake City, off Highway 36 at the base of the Oquirrh Mountains.
Established in 1853, Tooele is located along the south shores of the Great Salt Lake and provides an array of historical and recreational activities.
Located 30 minutes north of Salt Lake City, this family-friendly community rests just along the shore of the Great Salt Lake.
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