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Salt Lake City is a lovely, hassle-free city that is uniquely sandwiched between a briny inland sea and a snowcapped range of mountains. Famous for its Mormon heritage, it is also a great place for skiers, hikers, mountain bikers and just about anyone who enjoys the robustness of outdoor pursuits. With this sporting pedigree, the city was an obvious choice to host the 2002 Winter Olympics. Book cheap car hire in Salt Lake City here today to obtain the best deals online, as well the freedom to explore this fantastic city.
In the heart of the old Mormon city is Temple Square where you’ll find the Temple, the Tabernacle and the Assembly Hall. You are not allowed enter the Temple (unless you are Mormon) but you can hear some amazing organ concerts in the Tabernacle and the Assembly Hall. The Museum of Church History and Art nearby is also worth a visit. Even if you're not that interested in the Church of Latter-day Saints, it's worth visiting Temple Square for the architecture alone.
On the east side of the city is Trolley Square, a National historic shopping centre, definitely worth a visit. There are plenty of places to eat and drink here as well as numerous entertainment venues.
Walk up Capitol Hill to experience Italian and Victorian architecture. To get here head from the city centre, up State Street, towards the Utah State Capitol. Visit the Pioneer Memorial Museum, located west of Utah State Capitol, as it gives tourists an idea of what life was like during its early days.
Further downtown the Capitol Theatre, home of Ballet West, is both an architectural and cultural gem. Equally accessible from anywhere in the city centre are Abravenel Hall (home of the Utah Opera Company) and the Delta Center.
Salt Lake City International Airport is located approximately 10kms west of Salt Lake City centre. The airport offers an abundance of transport services to a number of major US cities. The airline Skywest/Delta operates flights to other locations in Utah. The UTA buses provide a regular service to and from the airport. There are also shuttle buses and taxis available from outside of the airports arrivals.
Amtrak trains arrive and depart from the Rio Grande Depot found to the west of the city centre, with a daily service that stops each way on its journey between San Francisco and Chicago. UTA Trax offers a two-line local service around the city.
Greyhound Buses connect San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle and Portland. The Bus terminal can be found one block west of Temple Square. UTA buses operate throughout the city and its surrounding areas and there are services to the nearby ski resorts during the ski season.
Getting to Salt Lake City by car is easy as there are two interstate highways which intersect at Salt Lake City. These are I-80 east to west and I-15 which heads north to south. There is also a loop road (I-215) that connects the eastern, western and southern edges of the city.