Places to Visit: Salt Lake City Utah

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Salt Lake City Utah

On a Yellowstone National Park trip, it’s a great idea to include Salt Lake City, Utah on your vacation itinerary, so you can visit this outdoor recreation and cultural paradise.

  • Visit the famous metropolitan area of Salt Lake City
  • Ski the slopes of one of the popular ski resorts in the mountains
  • Spend summer months hiking, biking or horseback riding
  • Go see Bonneville Salt Flats and Great Salt Lake while you’re here
  • It’s about 360 miles to Yellowstone National Park


Salt Lake City is the capital of Utah and its most populous city. Surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains, there are plenty of recreation activities available to the visitor, as well as cultural experiences within the city.


Salt Lake City is located in north central Utah, on Interstate 80, southeast of the Great Salt Lake.


In a large metropolitan area like Salt Lake City, you’ll find a wide selection of lodging options inside and outside the city limits.

Dining offers cuisines from every corner of the planet, and you’ll find any number of restaurants to your liking in the city.


Summer activities in and around Salt Lake City attract many to come here for a vacation. The most popular water-related fun is to be found on the reservoirs and rivers in the mountains.

With seven popular ski resorts in close proximity, skiing is only minutes away. Take your pick between Park City Mountain Resort, Snowbird, Solitude or Deer Valley, to name only a few!


Visit where the first transcontinental railroad was joined at the Golden Spike National Historic Site. Also take in the Bonneville Salt Flats, the Great Salt Lake and Clark Planetarium. The kids will love the Children’s Museum and Lagoon Amusement Park.

Enjoy the natural wonders of the state, all within easy reach. Check out the colors and unique shapes of the land formations, like desert spires and arches.

Getting Here

Travel from Salt Lake City, Utah to Yellowstone by taking I-15 north to exit 118 where you’ll get onto US 26. After 43.3 miles, you’ll reach ID 33/WY 22, and take that to US 26. Follow the signs to Yellowstone.