Some Things You Could Do in Salt Lake City, Utah
September 17 / Posted by
So you’ve decided to discover the mountain west, and are heading out for Salt Lake City, Utah (or somewhere thereabouts). If you’re unfamiliar with this part of the country, you’re in for a real treat- the scenery is breathtaking and there are many outdoor adventures to be had. Wondering what you can expect in the beehive state? Here are a few ideas.
If you’re entering Utah from the east or have the time for a 4 hour road trip sometime during your rotation, a trip to Moab is a must. It’s a beautiful part of Utah that will certainly help you experience some of the best of the desert wilderness.
The stunning red stone is a gorgeous sight, and the rocky, mountainous terrain provides opportunities for all sorts of outdoor activities. You can see a video of the beautiful landscape via this youtube video that Discover Moab created. You’ll also see visitors participating in exciting activities like hiking and rock climbing.
You can start planning your trip today using the helpful Moab website, which will provide you with information on where you can camp, what attractions there are to see, upcoming events, and more.
Utah is well known for its skiing, so if you visit during the ski season, you might want to take advantage. SkiUtah is a great resource for learning more about the local mountains and resorts. Their trip planner will help you factor in things like budget, equipment rentals, and ski school if you’re a beginner. Asking the locals about their favorite ski spots is a great conversation starter, and might get you some useful information about what to expect from the different locations.
The history of Utah is tightly woven with the Mormon faith, and so there are a lot of historic and religious buildings there. A well known landmark in Salt Lake City is Temple Square- a beautiful area surrounding a castle-like building where religious rites of the faith are performed. While you can’t enter the temple itself, the grounds are quite the sight and guided tours are provided by missionaries from the faith. If you’ve ever been curious about genealogy, the Family History Center nearby is the largest genealogy library in the world and a fascinating visit. Find out more about what you can see and do at Temple Square, including things like free concerts and organ recitals, here.
Thanksgiving point is about a 30 minute drive from Salt Lake City, but it’s a great place for those with a curious inner child. Thanksgiving point is home to many attractions, including the Museum of Natural Curiosity, the Museum of Ancient Life, a beautiful garden, and a real working farm where you can learn more about where your food comes from. There are constantly events going on here, which you can check out on their website. Get an idea if this attraction is for you and start planning your trip here.
If you’re looking for a nice place to relax after a long day of work, or a pretty place for your daily jog, Liberty Park is an excellent outdoor space within city limits. It’s a fairly big park with plenty to do, including a pool, tennis and basketball courts, and the Tracy Aviary. Check out a map of the park here.
Looking for a different outdoor space, or just want to switch things up? The Salt Lake City website has a map to help you find nearby parks, trail heads, and other outdoor spaces.
Have you visited Salt Lake City? What were some of your favorite places to visit and things to do there? What suggestions would you leave for other travel nurses? Let us know in the comments below.