Salt Lake City is a pretty awesome place. It’s got a salt lake after all! But if you’re itching for adventures to be had outside of the city, unique sights to see, and fun places to go, then look no further. We have found four spots worth the day trip from Salt Lake City.
Utah’s Great Salt Lake is full of islands. Who knew? One of the coolest of these is Antelope Island. It’s only about a forty-mile drive outside of the city, and the island has a state park protected area. On the park, you can find wildlife, hiking, biking, and historical exhibits. If you are especially interested in wildlife, then you will be happy that there is also a large herd of American Bison roaming the island. Antelope Island is a large reflection of the great American West.
For the skier, Park City is a must. It, too, is only about forty miles from the city and has some of the best skiing in the country. The skiing there is so good that the 2002 Olympics held many of their events on these hills. This town offers great ski in and ski out resorts.
However, if skiing isn’t really your thing or if you aren’t visiting during the winter, the town offers great hiking, outdoor activities, and watersports. You can find a lot of fun activities here. And if you’re not much of an outdoorsy person, Park City even has something to offer you too. There is great outlet shopping and fantastic local color related to the town’s mining past.
If you’re looking for a destination that’s a little bit out of the ordinary, then look no further than this super cool copper mine that is still in operation. They have a visitor’s center where you can see the history of the mine and the significance of the mine to the area. The Kennecott mine has been in operation for 109 years, and it is reflective of the area’s mining history, and the country’s history. Plus, it is awe-inspiring to look down at trucks that look like ants and consider the scale of the mine. However, we must offer a note of caution for winter visits; this mine is only open when there isn’t snow, so summer definitely is the best time to visit.
This destination is a bit further out than the others, at about 100 miles away from the city. This location is close to the border with Nevada, but the drive is definitely worth your time. This cool natural landscape is so unique it demands to be seen. A barren, dried up lakebed, the Bonneville Salt Flats has been used for everything from racing to alien landscapes in Hollywood productions. Nothing grows here, and the barren land is so flat that people claim that you can see the curve of the earth on these historic flats.
So if you are looking for fun things to do around the Salt Lake City area, there are many fun and exciting options. Whether you are a sight-seer or an outdoors activity seeker, you will not be disappointed.
Antelope Island image via Flickr user zionfiction
Park City image via Flickr user Kim
Kennecott Utah Copper image via Flickr user Phil Scoville
Bonneville Salt Flats image via Flick user Dan Kunz