How to Spend 2 Days in Salt Lake City
Two days in Salt Lake City gives you enough time to explore the main tourist sights and venture out into the natural beauty that surrounds the city. You learn about the town's history and sample some of the best outdoor recreation spots in the country. Here’s how to make the most of your two-day trip to Salt Lake City.
Day 1: Salt Lake City Highlights
**Morning:**Get acquainted with the history of Salt Lake City on a quick tour of the headquarters of the Mormon Church at Temple Square. Opt for a guided tour or explore the gardens and museums on your own. Don’t miss the free organ recital offered daily in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
**Afternoon:**After lunch in the former home of Brigham Young, the Lion House, head out to Antelope Island on Great Salt Lake. Antelope Island is the lake's largest island and is accessible via a causeway from the mainland. Hike, bike, or horseback ride and see the buffalo that call this island home.
**Night:**Stay on Antelope Island for sunset to see the colors of the sky reflect off this vast lake. Back in Salt Lake City, explore the dining options downtown. If you visit on a Thursday, listen to a choir rehearsal at the Tabernacle.
Day 2: The Wasatch Mountains and Park City
**Morning:**If you visit in winter, opt to spend the entire day skiing in one of the nine resorts within an hour’s drive from the city. Alternatively, take a scenic drive up Little or Big Cottonwood Canyons and enjoy a hike or mountain bike ride.
**Afternoon:**From Big Cottonwood Canyon, make the spectacular drive over Guardsman Pass Scenic Byway (closed in winter) to Park City, a former mining town and home to the Sundance Film Festival. View the venues for the 2002 Winter Olympics, tour the Olympic museum, and even take a bobsled ride at Utah Olympic Park.
**Night:**Spend the evening browsing the glitzy shops, galleries, and high-end boutiques on Park City’s Main Street. Visit one of the distilleries, breweries, or ski town pubs for happy tour and then choose to have dinner at one of the area restaurants, which range from gourmet bistros to burrito spots and pizza by the slice shops.