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Salt Lake City is located in northern Utah, in-between the Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch Mountain Range. The city’s name, you may have guessed, was given because of the large salt water lake that lies directly northwest of it. The Great Salt Lake is the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere, although due to its shallowness, its size varies depending on evaporation and how much water is flowing in from its main tributaries.
Salt Lake City hostels have an authentic, mountain town feel about them. They’re perfect for exploring the city centre, heading to the Great Salt Lake, and adventuring in the mountains. Hostels in Salt Lake City also offer a mix of dorm and private rooms, so you can get the perfect balance of socializing and privacy for you! Interesting Salt Lake City hostel locations include everything from hostels a few blocks from the city centre, to locations out near Park City in the heart of the mountains.
Staying in Salt Lake City is great for those who want to frequent the Great Salt Lake as well as have easy access to the mountains. Central Salt Lake City offers unique shopping options such as the Downtown Farmers Market and neat shops in the Sugar House District. You’ll also be close to mountain enthusiast shops in the Central City district, as well as Liberty Park and the Gilgal Sculpture Garden. If you have access to a car, Salt Lake City is a great place to experience the American “Old West”. Attractions like the American West Heritage Centre and ghost towns like Kelton, Park Valley, and Ophir are all easy day trips from the city.
Visiting the Great Salt Lake is obviously a must when checking out Salt Lake City. Wandering around the town, tasting the eclectic food options, and visiting the unique shops and museums is a close second. You won’t regret venturing into the mountains for a day hike or some mountain biking; and in the winter, there are seven famous ski hills to choose from! If you don’t fancy the snow, the Salt Lake City Public Library is an amazing building, and it definitely won’t hurt to grab a coffee and explore the artwork and books.
Salt Lake City public transportation gives you access to everything from the airport to the ski resorts. It has Commuter trains, called FrontRunner, that offer service from Ogden to Provo, right through downtown Salt Lake City. Three light-rail lines, called TRAX, also run through Downtown and across Salt Lake Valley, and are linked to buses as well. To top it all off, Salt Lake City offers a GREENbike service, so you can pedal around all you want!