Places to Visit: Salt Lake City, Utah

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Many people traveling to Big Sky do so by traveling through the Salt Lake City Area which is a convenient hub for travel into the greater Yellowstone region.

  • Salt Lake City is the ideal location for both summer and winter recreational opportunities.
  • Salt Lake City has many cultural and historical attractions, varied places to eat and many choices for lodging.
  • From Salt Lake, you can either fly to Bozeman to get to Big Sky or take the time to enjoy a scenic 5-hour drive.


As the capitol city of Utah, Salt Lake City has something to offer for everyone. Its proximity to the Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake puts it in an ideal location for great outdoor recreation. As a center for commerce and trade and the location of one of the busiest international airports in the west, Salt Lake City has many cultural and historical attractions.

Many visitors to the western states begin their vacation by flying into Salt Lake International Airport.


Salt Lake City can be found along the north south corridor of I 15 and the east west corridor of I 80. It is easily found in the northern portion of Utah and is easily accessible by automobile, airplane, and train.


Salt Lake City is a metropolitan city which just happens to rest next to the Wasatch Mountains. As a result, visitors consist of politicians, statesmen, business travelers, single people, families and groups of friends.

There are many and varied choices of places to stay and places to eat. You can have your pick or whatever suits your fancy and matches your budget.


Skiing and winter sports are synonymous with Salt Lake City. Salt Lake is North America's most convenient ski destination. Skiers who travel from either the east or west coasts in the morning can be enjoying deep powder snow by noon. Seven ski resorts, three Nordic ski areas and the Nation's only recreational ski jumping complex are all within 40 minutes of the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Salt Lake in the summer provides opportunities for many outdoor activities including boating, hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, golfing, backpacking and much more.


Discovery Gateway
This is Utah’s premier children’s museum where there are interactive activities for learning and exploring.

Hogle Zoo
Home to over 1100 animals, the zoo offers special programs for kids during their visit.

Kennecott Bingham Copper Mine
Located just 20 minutes southwest of SLC, you will see the largest man-made excavation on earth. The mine is so large it can be seen by astronauts in space.

Red Butte Garden
A botanical garden on the University of Utah campus.

State Capitol
Built between 1912 and 1916, the building is filled with history.

Temple Square
Historic Temple Square is located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. Wander the Square and visit the Tabernacle, home of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. There are many other sites to see and it can take up much of your day.

Other significant attractions include the Golden Spike National Historic Site, the Clark Planetarium, and the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts, Trolley Square and the Living Planet Aquarium.

Getting Here

Once you are in Salt Lake City, whether you arrive by airplane, car or any other means – you can either travel on to Big Sky via air – Delta offers direct flights to Bozeman - or you can drive.

If you plan to drive it, take I 15 north to Idaho Falls. At Idaho Falls, take US 20 east. Near West Yellowstone, MT, turn onto US 191 and continue to follow that road on to Big Sky.