Situated about 5 miles west of downtown Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City International Airport is the 21st-busiest airport in the U.S. by passenger count, welcoming more than 20 million travelers in 2013. It has roughly 645 scheduled airline departures and arrivals each day to 89 cities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Paris. There are two terminals, five concourses and 83 aircraft gates, with three air carrier runways and one general aviation runway. Salt Lake City is the fourth-largest and westernmost hub for Delta Air Lines and Delta Connection carriers Endeavor Air and SkyWest Airlines. After Delta and Delta Connection, the largest carriers are Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and United Express. Most impressively, Salt Lake City International Airport ranks high for on-time departures and arrivals, meaning visitors get where the need to be without delay.
Once you get in town, check into one the hotels near Salt Lake City Airport. Holiday Inn Express Airport East is a popular hotel choice, as corporate travelers appreciate the location and convenience, situated only 2 miles from the airport. It also has meeting rooms and a 24-hour Business Center. As a launching-off point for nearby attractions, you might consider Candlewood Suites SLC Airport, close to the famous temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Guests looking for an upscale experience should look into Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown.
Welcome to Salt Lake City
As the capital and most populated city in Utah, Salt Lake City is a popular shopping and outdoor recreation tourist destination - especially after hosting the 2002 Winter Olympics. Salt Lake claims the title as the "Best U.S. Hiking City" in America by National Geographic in 2012 and "Best U.S. Cities for Affordable Getaways" by Travel + Leisure that same year. It is home to roughly 190,000 residents, though the population ebbs and flows with the tourist travel times. The Oquirrh (pronounced "oaker") Mountains border the western side of the valley, and Salt Lake's elevation is 4,330 feet above sea level, sitting in the spot of an ancient lake. Because of its location, the city welcomes a four-season climate with snowy winters and hot, pleasant summers.
It is one of only two major urban areas in the Great Basin, along with Reno, Nevada. As a result, Salt Lake is a business hub, with Utah ranking as the No.1 State for Business by Forbes in 2012. To get around town, many residents and visitors take the light-rail lines called TRAX that provides access to downtown from across the valley on three color-coded lines. Buses also offer connecting service at many of the TRAX stations to get almost anywhere in the Greater Salt Lake Area.
Things to Do in Salt Lake City
Business travelers and serenity seekers alike will find plenty of fun-filled attractions in Salt Lake City. Book a visit to Temple Square to experience Mormon culture and its pioneer heritage - the site is home to nearly 20 attractions related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To catch more than a breath of fresh air, head to Great Salt Lake for more than 1,700 square miles of area packed with hiking trails, boating, fishing opportunities and picnic spots. It is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River. The Utah Olympic Park is another main attraction, boasting the world's highest-altitude ski jumps, bobsled trails and chair lifts that serve up stunning mountain vistas.
For the arts, culture and culinary scene, start off at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir before making your way to the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Capitol Building. Some of the top-rated restaurants include Pago, Avenues Bistro on Third, Feldman's Deli and Naked Fish Japanese Bistro. Whatever you're in the mood for, Salt Lake is sure to have it in store.