Salt Lake City Flights:
Flights to Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City is the capital and largest city of the state of Utah and is well known for having been founded by the Mormons, and for now being the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. With a history like this it’s no wonder that there are several religious places of interest in the city, though what many people visit Salt Lake City for is the surrounding area with great skiing during the winter, and hiking, camping and other outdoor pursuits in the summer.
Flights to Salt Lake City from South Africa are available with a good number of airlines, flying a variety of routes. A flight with South African Airways out of Johannesburg has just one stop at Washington where you get a connecting flight with Delta to Salt Lake City. Other airlines have two stops en-route and these include Air France, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, Delta, American Airlines and BMI.
Flights from Cape Town to Salt Lake City are also available with Delta, British Airways, SAA and BMI. The Delta flight has just one stop in New York, whereas the others all have two stops.
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The Tourist Attractions in Salt Lake City:
As mentioned there are a variety of interesting places to visit in Salt Lake City which are connected with the Mormon faith. Temple Square is in fact the most visited place in the city, and this houses the Mormon Temple as well as several other attractions – two visitor centres, temple grounds, assembly hall and tabernacle which can all be toured by non-Mormons with our without a knowledgeable guide. The Mormon Temple itself, however, cannot be entered by non-Mormons.
Near to the Temple Square is the Church History Museum. This is a free museum which shows visitors the history of the LDS Church.
Salt Lake City has some interesting architectural buildings including the Salt Lake City and County Building which has been the seat of city government since 1894 and the Grand America Hotel. The Grand America is a luxury 5 star hotel with 775 guest rooms spread over 24 floors. It was built with no expense spared and features such things as a million dollar mirror. Even if you can’t afford to stay here it’s worth wandering in and having a look around!
The Rice Eccles Olympic Stadium was where the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics took place and is an interesting place to visit, though if you’re interested in some winter sports, head just outside the city as there are numerous resorts where you can ski and snowboard. These are as close as just 20 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City.
There are many different resorts, including Deer Valley, The Canyons, Brighton, Solitude and Snowbird. The snow in the Salt Lake City area is renowned for being excellent due to the low humidity levels. And during the summer, these mountains are an ideal place to go to get away from urban life – camping, hiking, boating, fishing and rock climbing are all very popular pastimes here.
When Should You Visit?:
The climate in Salt Lake City is categorised as being semi-arid. It has four distinct seasons, though spring and autumn are usually very short-lived in between the much longer summers and winters.
July is the hottest month with an average high of 33C (91F) and low of 17C (63F). January is the coldest month when the average high is 3C (37F), and this month also experiences the most snowfall. April and May have pleasantly warm temperatures but these are the wettest months of the year.