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Le Meridien Salt Lake City Downtown

Le Meridien is a brand under the Marriott umbrella known for luxury style with European influence. Be within walking distance to downtown’s offerings with many amenities such as a rooftop bar, fitness center, and on-site French brasserie.

Park City is a short drive from SLC and will offer more luxurious accommodations, close access to skiing, and views of the epic mountains. I recommend staying here if you have more than 1-2 nights in the area!

Montage Deer Valley

Photo courtesy of Montage Deer Valley

The Montage brand is known for rustic luxury in some of the most beautiful places in the world. Located right on the mountain, you have ski-in, ski-out access, in room fireplaces, an onsite spa and restaurant and world-class service. Book with me to receive exclusive perks:

• Breakfast for Two Daily

• $100 Hotel Credit per Stay (to be used on services such as spa, dining, or selected amenities valued at $100 or more)

• Hotel Welcome Amenity

• Complimentary In-Room Internet

• Room Upgrade (subject to availability)

• Priority Check-in and Check-out (subject to availability)

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Pendry Park City

Photo courtesy of the Pendry Park City

The Pendry is a modern, sophisticated hotel that brings unique charm to Park City. Unlike many mountain resorts, the Pendry is not rustic, yet a contemporary ski-in, ski-out haven. Visit the spa, the stunning pool, or upscale apres ski dining options right at Pendry. Enjoy exlusive perks when you book through me:

• Breakfast for Two Daily

• $100 Hotel Credit per Stay (to be used on services such as spa, dining, or selected amenities valued at $100 or more)

• Hotel Welcome Amenity and Welcome Note from the General Manager on behalf of Fora

• Complimentary In-Room Internet

• Room Upgrade (subject to availability)

• Priority Check-in and Check-out (subject to availability)

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What to do with one day in Salt Lake City

You’d be surprised what you can see in a day here! Salt Lake City is perfectly located in the Wasatch mountains so hiking is only a few minutes away. The city itself is relatively small and walkable so you can check a BUNCH of things off your list.

Go for a hike

A woman scrambling up rocks and smiling in Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City

If you’ve been around this blog for any amount of time, you know we are big on hiking. Even though 1 day might not seem like a lot, there’s SO many great hikes within 20-30 minutes outside of Salt Lake. We chose to check out Cottonwood Canyon–the weather was absolutely gorgeous and there was no shortage of beautiful trails to choose from.

We hiked for about 2 miles but it took wayyyy longer than you would think because every 20 feet or so we were stopping to take pictures of the scenery. Michael was climbing up literally every steep embankment he could find to “get a good view.” Spoiler alert: the views were good no matter where you stood.

Other recommended hiking areas:

Explore the University of Utah

The welcome sign at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

We (read: my husband) has a weird thing for exploring college campuses wherever we go. I don’t mind because it’s usually interesting and beautiful! If you, like us, like to wander around random college campuses you won’t be disappointed by U of Utah!

Check out Temple Square

Assembly Hall in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah

The church of the Latter Day Saints’ (LDS) is very important in Salt Lake! So take an hour or so to explore Temple Square where you can see the Salt Lake Tabernacle, the Salt Lake temple, and the Assembly Hall (pictured below). Unless you are part of the LDS church, you cannot enter inside but the architecture and surrounding area is still beautiful! Oftentimes, there are church members strolling around outside to answer any questions you may have or provide a brief history.

Visit the Pioneer Log House

In the 1800s, many settlers of this area lived in log cabins. The Pioneer Log Cabin was the home of William Henry Deuel around 1847. This home is one of only two remaining original log cabins in this area.

Stroll Around Capitol Hill

To see all the governmental action, head over to Capitol Hill. Here, you’ll find the Utah State Capitol Building as well as other important structures. You can take a tour of the capitol, but if you’re strapped for time you can just stroll around the gorgeous grounds.

After that, pop into the Pioneer Memorial Museum which shares Utah’s pioneer history. Keep exploring to spot Council Hall, used as the City Hall until the 1860s, and the White Memorial Chapel. This chapel was built by the LDS in 1883. However, the chapel that currently stands there now is a recreation built for its 200 year anniversary.

Visit the Great Salt Lake

Can’t forget to stop by the body of water that gave SLC its name! Take a boat tour to see some of this gigantic saline lake, visit Antelope Island, or grab a kayak and hop in! Many people choose to relax or float at Antelope Island as its easy driving distance from the city. Have more than just a day to explore? Take a mini road trip to the Bonneville Salt flats along I-80!

Eat & Drink

Squatter's Restaurant, a bar in Salt Lake City with a view of Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Mountains in the background

Salt Lake City has a decent food scene for its small size! Even though you’ll be busy running around during your one day in SLC, don’t let that keep you from eating some great food. Here’s what I recommend:





Final thoughts on the best one day in Salt Lake City

Cottonwood Canyon, Utah Salt Lake City

Whether you’re heading to Utah to ski or explore some of the national parks, you definitely need to spend a day exploring Salt Lake City. This city is charming, full of history, and just the right size to see a ton in one day. And there is so much to do and learn around SLC and I know for sure you’ll love your day here!

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  1. Sarah says

    I feel like you missed the SL of SLC?! We LOVED antelope island. Some of the most gorgeous sunsets I’ve ever witnessed!

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