11 Best Day Trips From Salt Lake City, Utah - Updated 2021

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Rienz Althron
Rienz Althron

Salt Lake City, also known as Salt Lake or the acronym SLC, is the capital of the state of Utah and the seat of Salt Lake County. The city was founded by the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young back in 1847, and the city initially was a refuge from religious prosecution. Salt Lake City is also home to great tourist attractions; natural wonders such as the Bonneville Salt Flats, and Grandeur Peak are places where you can go to appreciate the beauty of nature. If you love art, Salt Lake City opens its over 40 galleries to the public every 3rd Friday of each month, which gives the opportunity to artsy people to browse through the large collection of artworks free of charge. Visit and book an Airbnb or hotel - there is still a lot more to explore in Salt Lake City. However, if you feel like you’ve explored everything that the city offers, don’t worry. Exploring its neighboring towns and cities is a whole new ballgame. If you’re looking for your next road trip destination, check out the best day trips from Salt Lake City, Utah.

1. Heber City (from USD 105.0)

Heber City is located at the heart of Wasatch County, founded by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints back in the 1850s. It is famous for dairy farming and ranching. Some of the activities that tourists can enjoy in this city are fishing, hunting, and other outdoor sports. Some of the places of interest in Heber City are the Heber Valley Railroad, Deer Creek State Park, CAF Utah Wing Museum, Snake Creek Grill, and its most famous restaurant, Dairy Keen. The city is an ideal destination for a road trip because it is just less than an hour away from Salt Lake City, at just 45.2 miles (72.7 kilometers).

Park City, Artesian Cheese & Dairy Farm, Heber Valley & Crater Swim Half Day

Duration: 4 hours

2. Honeyville

Crystal Hot Springs, Northern Utah
Source: Photo by Flickr user Ron Busbea used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Honeyville is a city located in the eastern parts of Box Elder County. It is a great destination if you feel soaking your body in a nice and warm hot spring because it is the home of Crystal Hot Springs. It is one of the most notable tourist attractions in Honeyville, which, according to experts, was once home to 450 or more generations of Native Americans. From Salt Lake City, you can reach the famed hot spring in about an hour, as it is just 67 miles (108 kilometers) away.

3. Provo (from USD 64.0)

Provo is Utah’s third-largest city. It is famous for being home to Brigham Young University (BYU), and a great place for a weekend getaway because it is just a 45-minute drive away from Salt Lake City. Brigham Young University isn’t the only place of interest here, because it is also home to the Utah Lake, Crandall Historical Printing Museum, Brigham Young University Museum of Art (MOA), and South Fork Park. Some of the best activities that you’ll enjoy here are horseback riding, cruising, mountain biking, rafting, and water sports, to list a few.

Private Utah High Country Rafting Adventure from Provo

Duration: 90 to 120 minutes

4. Eden

Pineview Reservoir
Source: Photo by Flickr user denebola2025 used under CC BY 2.0

Eden is a census-designated place located in Weber County and is near some of the famous tourist attractions in Utah, such as the Powder Mountain ski resort, and Club Rec Tours And Rentals. If you’re looking for a place where you can buy souvenirs, head on to Simply Eden, a family-owned gift shop where you can buy local merchandise, soap, and other beauty products. If you want to relax, have a go at Free Spirit Holistic Mountain Spa where you can calm your tired soul with spa services such as massage, facials, and meditation class. Eden is 50 miles (81 kilometers) away from Salt Lake City, so it will take less than an hour to head there.

5. Cedar City

Utah State Route 14 in Cedar City, Utah, June 2017
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ken Lund used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Cedar City is the biggest city in Iron County. It is about 250 miles (402.3 kilometers) from Salt Lake City and can be reached in about 3 hours and 30 minutes via a car. It hosts some of Utah’s most famous events, such a the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Groovefest Music & Art Festival, as well as the Cedar City Livestock & Heritage Festival. Some of the places you should hang around at are Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, Cascade Falls, and the Cedar Breaks National Monument to complete your trip to this glorious city.

6. Fishlake National Forest

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Source: Photo by Flickr user Intermountain For... used under PUBLIC DOMAIN

Named after the biggest freshwater lake in Utah, Fishlake National Forest is a great place to be if you’re fond of nature. It is situated in the Southern parts of Central Utah and is a great destination for people who love wildlife encounters because the chance of seeing animals such as coyotes, skunks, badgers, shrews and many more is high. So it’s best to have your binoculars, smartphones, or digicams in hand while exploring the space. Some of the activities you might want to do while you’re here are fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, and horseback riding. The forest is 115 miles (185 kilometers) away from Salt Lake City.

7. Mount Timpanogos (from USD 200.0)

Mount Timpanogos
Source: Photo by Flickr user summitcheese used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Also known for its nickname, ‘Timp’, it is one of the highest mountains of the Wasatch Mountain Range. Its elevation gain reaches up to 11,752 feet (3,582 meters) and stands 7000-feet (2100 meters) high. If you decide to take on the most famous mountain in Utah, expect to see wildlife roaming out and about; wild mountain goats typically graze the area, so have your camera ready to snap anytime a mountain goat appears! The beauty of Mount Timpanogos is definitely worth the 72-mile (116 kilometers) drive from Utah.

Salt Lake City: Cottonwood Canyons Backcountry Ski Tour

Duration: 8 hour

8. Ogden (from USD 20.0)

Ogden is the county seat of Weber County, 10 miles (16 kilometers) away from the Great Salt Lake. It is a great weekend destination especially if you’re fascinated by historic buildings. Some of the old buildings you can take a selfie at are Andrew J. Warner House, Egyptian Theater, Brigham Building, and Smyth Mansion. Some of the adventure activities that make Ogden a great weekend destination are rock climbing and zip-lining. If you love ice cream, pay a visit to the Farr Better Ice Cream shop. The travel time takes about 40 minutes via car, as the distance of Ogden from Salt Lake City is just 38.2 miles (61 kilometers).

Ogden Untamed

Duration: 1 hour

9. Antelope Island (from USD 95.0)

Antelope Island is one of the largest islands of the Great Salt Lake. It is located in the southeastern part of the famed lake. If you love to adore scenic views, then this Island is one of the best spots in Utah to be. Its northwest parts are home to Buffalo Point and White Rock Bay where you can satisfy your soul’s desire for peace. Besides its stunning sceneries, you can also enjoy hiking, swimming, and buffalo-watching. In a car, you can reach Antelope Island in less than two hours. It is 59 miles (95 kilometers) from Salt Lake City.

Private Day Tour: Antelope Island

Duration: 4 hours

10. Midway (from USD 22.0)

Once hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, Midway is a city in the northwestern part of Wasatch County and is located near Heber City and Salt Lake City, which makes it very accessible if you would like to explore multiple nearing cities. Horseback riding is a popular tourist activity here, just as golfing, skiing, and snowmobiling are. Some of the most famous highlights of the city are the Wasatch Mountain State Park, Ice Castles, and Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. Midway is 46 miles (74 kilometers) from Salt Lake City, which is only less than an hour’s drive away.

Meet the Cows - Dairy Barn Tour

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

11. Grand Canyon (from USD 154.0)

Now, if you’re looking for a place far enough to be considered a long drive, then head to Grand Canyon which is by the Colorado River, Arizona. It’s a good 520 miles (836 kilometers) from Salt Lake City, and will make for an excellent road trip endgame destination! Now, why would you visit Grand Canyon? Aside from its stunning shape, experts say that it is more than 70 million years old and many pre-historic marine creature fossils have been found here. Some of the trails that you should visit here are North Rim Trail, Bright Angel Trail, North Kaibab Trail, and Havasu Falls.

Grand Canyon and Historic Homestead Tour from St George Utah

Duration: 10 hours

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Explore Salt Lake City's neighbors

Don’t let the many things to do and the beauty of Salt Lake City keep you from visiting its neighboring areas and cities. There are a ton of things to see beyond its borders! If you agree, then definitely pack up for the adventure of a lifetime. Explore Salt Lake City’s hiking and trekking spots, and then take a road trip to some of the abovementioned destinations.

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Rienz is a former office-based employee who entered the world of travel writing. His ultimate dream is to be able to travel the world and experience as much of it as he can. By pursuing his dreams,...Read more

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