Founded in 1847 by Mormon pioneers led by Brigham Young, Salt Lake gets its name from its close proximity to the Great Salt Lake. SLC rests in a valley, just beneath the Wasatch Mountains. These majestic peaks provide the city with a gorgeous backdrop and tourists and residents plenty of opportunity for skiing, which is probably the area's biggest draw. During winter, piles of dry snow smother the Wasatch, providing excellent downhill skiing at seven large resorts within 45 minutes of downtown, including Alta, Solitude, Snowbird and Brighton.
While the skiing is certainly top-notch in Salt Lake City, don't miss the Clark Planetarium, equipped with Utah’s first 3D IMAX Theater. Do some shopping at The Gateway, a partly open-air shopping center that spans several blocks. Take in the Hogle Zoo or the Museum of Fine Arts with its beautiful and wide range of works. Enjoy performances at the Hale Theatre. And if there's a concert while you're in town, catch the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. One of the nation’s finest, it’s 360 voices strong and been featured on gold and platinum albums.
With plenty of cultural offerings, numerous parks and inspiring buildings, you'd be hard pressed not to enjoy the outdoors while you're in Salt Lake City.