Introduction Salt Lake City is Utah's capital and serves as an all-purpose vacation gateway to the state's scenic national parks and recreational areas. You couldn't ask for a more impressive natural setting—Great Salt Lake spreading out to the northwest, the forbiddingly beautiful Great Salt Desert beyond and the snowcapped Wasatch Mountains towering in the background. It's no surprise that Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, or that athletes as well as more casual sports enthusiasts flock here to take advantage of the excellent recreational facilities.
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An easy and popular way to see the downtown area is to take a carriage ride beginning at Temple Square. The square contains several monuments in addition to the Salt Lake Temple and the Salt Lake Tabernacle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You also can pick up self-guiding walking tour brochures recommended by the Utah Heritage Foundation at the Salt Lake City Visitor Information Center in the Salt Palace, the city's cultural jewel. While you're there, visit the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art or take in the Utah Symphony.
By CarSalt Lake City is sometimes called the “Crossroads of the West” due to its easy access. I-15 runs, north-south, I-80 east-west. I-215 provides a loop around all but the city's northeastern quadrant. US 89 (State Street) is a major north-south thoroughfare, with the State Capitol as its northern end. An alternate east-west route is 2100 South Street.
Street SystemDowntown streets are based on a grid system; Temple Square is the center of the grid and the point at which all numbering begins. Most addresses incorporate two separate numbers; the local AAA office, for example, is at 560 East 500 South, meaning that it's 5 blocks south of the temple and slightly more than 5 blocks east. Addresses are also stated 560 East on 500 South. Locals tend to drop the last two zeros when giving directions; thus 500 South becomes 5th South. Some streets have a name as well as a number, but most have numbers only.
ParkingMetered parking is available throughout the city, with a 2-hour limit at most meters. After 8 p.m. metered parking is free. Parking is available at the Firestone Building, 175 West 200 South and through Ampco System Parking at various locations; phone (801) 364-7275. Fees range from $3-$5 (hourly rate) to $5-$10 (daily rate).
Salt Lake City, UT
AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
The sales tax in Salt Lake County is 6.85 percent. There also is a 4.75 percent tax on lodgings in Salt Lake County, 9.5 percent levied on automobile rentals and a 1 percent restaurant tax.
LDS Hospital, (801) 408-1100; St. Mark's Hospital, (801) 268-7111; Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, (801) 350-4111; University of Utah Health Care-University Hospital, (801) 581-2121.
90 S. West Temple Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1406. Phone:(801)534-4900 or (800)541-4955
Salt Lake City International Airport
Hertz, 775 N. Terminal Dr. at the airport, offers discounts to AAA members; phone (801) 575-2683 or (800) 654-3080.
The Amtrak station is at 340 South 600 West; phone (800) 872-7245.
The Greyhound Lines Inc. terminal is at 300 South 600 West; phone (801) 355-9579 or (800) 231-2222 or TTY (800) 345-3109.
Taxis are on the meter system. Cab companies include City Cab, (801) 363-5550; Ute Cab, (801) 359-7788; and Yellow Cab, (801) 521-1862.
Utah Transit Authority (UTA) provides bus service for Salt Lake City as well as transportation to nearby ski areas. Salt Lake City's light rail system, TRAX, also is operated by UTA. The Blue Line runs from downtown south to Draper. The Red Line connects downtown with Jordan and the University of Utah campus. The Green Line connects downtown with West Valley City and the airport. TRAX arrives at stations within 10-30 minutes. In addition, the FrontRunner commuter rail line connects downtown with Ogden, and a high-speed MAX bus links the Millcreek TRAX station with the town of Magna.