There are 71 non-stop destinations available from the St. Louis airport, making it incredibly easy for those in the Fort Leonard Wood Region to visit places around the United States, Mexico, and Canada with only one stop in St. Louis!
During the current pandemic, leisure travel is limited and definitely looks different than it used to. We’re all unsure what the future of leisure travel looks like, but if you’re hopeful and are starting to make some travel plans for 2021, let’s dive into this month’s possible travel destination: Salt Lake City!
Many know Salt Lake City as the home of Temple Square and the Salt Lake City Temple, an international symbol of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the 2002 Winter Olympics. While these are interesting sites to visit, they barely scratch the surface of all that is available to SLC visitors.
Before we provide our top recommendations for the best SLC vacation, travelers should know that Southwest and Delta provide direct flights from St. Louis to Salt Lake City. Additionally, Salt Lake City’s Visitor’s Center has done an excellent job with providing up to date resources on their website regarding COVID-19 and any local mandates that are in place that may impact your visit. Their website also offers a wide variety of virtual tours you can take as you’re planning your vacation or if you need some help in figuring out what to add to your must-do vacation list.
SLC is truly the springboard location for outdoor adventure and natural beauty. There are more things to do in SLC than we have time to list here, so we’re going to list our top 5 recommendations. If you’ve visited SLC and have any suggestions or “must see” or “must do” activities that you think we should’ve listed, please add them to the comments below!
Explore the 60 national and state parks within a few hours of SLC. Whether you’re looking for an easy hike or a challenging mountain biking trail, Utah has what you want. You can explore beautiful mountains, canyons, and waterfalls during all of the seasons and the variety of scenery allows you a varied experience without having to spend a lot of time driving to different locations. One of our absolute favorite parks to visit is Antelope Island outside of Salt Lake City, which sits on the Great Salt Lake. Though you’ll need to avoid the brine flies, you’ll love the up close look at wildlife, like bison, and unique scenery.
You might be surprised to see that restaurants and breweries are on our top five list of things to experience while in Salt Lake City. Commonly known as a place where it is relatively hard to find a bar or an alcoholic drink, we found this rumor to be untrue. In the past several years, Utah has amended its regulations and laws regarding alcohol and though there are still some interesting rules in place, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to enjoy local beers and wines, as well as distilled spirits.
Though indoor activities aren’t ideal right now, if you choose to visit SLC in the future, we highly recommend making time for the incredible Natural History Museum of Utah and if you have younger kids, the Discovery Gateway children’s museum is a great place to spend the afternoon. Though we don’t have enough room to list them here, you’ll also be able to find incredible art museums and galleries with exhibits of art from around the world.
It seems like a strange thing to add to your vacation list, but shopping in SLC is a unique experience, especially if you stop by the City Creek Center. This indoor/outdoor shopping complex has a retractable roof, providing you with a unique shopping experience year-round. While you’re there, keep an eye out for the original SLC department store, ZCMI. Though it is now operated as a Macy’s department store, it was opened in 1869 and boasted the first big display of electric lights and the first Intermountain West’s elevators and escalators.
Salt Lake City is filled with historical sites, but the Utah State Capitol and the Utah Governor’s Mansion definitely top the list. Regardless of your religious beliefs, a walk through Temple Square will allow you to admire the architecture and gardens and you can stop by the Deuel Log Cabin to better understand what life was like when it was settled by pioneers. If you’re looking for history in the great outdoors, Utah’s six national parks and numerous national forests and sites will keep you entertained for as long as you stay curious.