Sunset photo over the great salt lake: a salt lake city day trips idea

Whether you are visiting Alta-Snowbird to ski the greatest snow on Earth or snowshoe beautiful backcountry trails, you might be looking for other things to do nearby while you’re here. Well, Salt Lake City is just a short 40-minute drive from our beautiful vacation rentals at Canyon Services. Salt Lake City day trips from Alta or Snowbird are the perfect way to experience some of the best attractions and activities Utah has to offer. 

Popular Salt Lake City Attractions

Salt Lake City is a diverse place with a wealth of activities and attractions. You could easily spend a week exploring the city, but since you only have a day, we have narrowed it down to some of the most notable attractions.

Utah State Capitol 

The Utah State Capitol is a must-see attraction for visitors in Salt Lake City. There are free tours of the capital available daily to learn about the history and architecture of this significant structure.

Must See at the Capital: Visit the fourth-floor gallery to see an impressive collection of art and exhibits relating to Utah’s history and heritage.

Natural History Museum of Utah

Visit the Natural History Museum of Utah if you are interested in learning about Utah’s natural landscapes and diverse cultures. There are several permanent exhibits where you can learn about Utah’s indigenous people, how the topography of Utah was formed, and the fascinating narrative of the Great Salt Lake.    

Hogle Zoo

The Hogle Zoo is an excellent place to spend an afternoon with the family in the city. The zoo is home to over 800 amazing animals on 42 acres of land. Visit lions, zebras, and giraffes in the African Savanna exhibit. Then watch bears and sea lions swim through the water at the Rocky Shores exhibit.

Don’t Miss This: There is an opportunity to feed the giraffes here from May- September. This is the perfect way to capture a memorable photo!

Salt Lake City Tours

One of the best ways to see the best sites in the city in a short amount of time is to take a Salt Lake City Trolley Tour. An eccentric guide will narrate your tour through Temple Square, Capitol Hill, and the Historic Districts.

The Great Salt Lake

If you have some extra time at the end of the day, then make the additional 20-minute drive to The Great Salt Lake. This iconic geologic feature is the largest saltwater lake in the western hemisphere. You may be lucky enough to witness a breathtaking sunset over the water before heading back to your Canyon Services condo. 

Vacation Rentals near Salt Lake City

When you stay with us at Canyon Services, you will be a short scenic drive away from Utah’s state capitol. Salt Lake City day trips from Alta-Snowbird are an excellent way to take a break from skiing and visit a few of the top attractions in the state. Afterward, return to your Canyon Services condo and relax by the fire for the perfect way to warm up after a chilly day in Salt Lake City.