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7 Reasons Why This U.S. City Is Breaking All-Time Tourism Records

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With domestic tourism re-gaining some ground, some of North America’s most gorgeous destinations are seeing an unprecedented influx of local and international visitors eager to explore the country’s many underrated gems.

One Utah city, in particular, saw more than 26.9 million passengers fly in and out of its airport, a number that beats the pre-pandemic high by more than 100,000 and goes to show that travel in the region doesn’t seem to be slowing down despite the plummeting temperatures.

Salt Lake City skyline

Local airport officials believe that most of this growth can be attributed to the increased number of foreign travelers getting in and out of the city, which has now turned into a proper international hub.

So, why are people visiting Salt Lake City more than ever before?

The Ultimate Winter Getaway

The surge in visitors experienced these past months has been anything but accidental, as Salt Lake City is what many would consider the ultimate winter getaway.

utah wasatch mountains near salt lake city

Set against the imposing Wasatch Range and covered with a pristine layer of snow, the Utah capital might as well be the default background for all wintertime postcards, and that’s not even considering the many nearby ski resorts like Alta, Deer Valley, or Park City, just to name a few.

If you’re not big on skiing or snowboarding, you can always go ice skating or snow biking instead, though if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, bobsledding is the way to go.

A Destination For All Types Of Travelers

Winter sports enthusiasts are far from the only people who’ll get to fully enjoy the allure of Salt Lake City.

Here, there’s something for virtually any type of traveler.

Albion Basin, Utah pine trees wide angle view and woman taking pictures

Whether you’re a family looking for some kid-friendly fun, a couple wanting to dine against a picturesque backdrop, a group of friends seeking that next outdoor adventure, or a solo traveler in search of some peace and quiet, you’re guaranteed to find something to do in the gorgeous Utah capital.

More Cultural And Historical Wonders Than You Can Count

When I say that Salt Lake City offers something to every visitor that extends to different passions and interests as well – after all, there are so many cultural and historical attractions in the city that you’ll struggle to get through them all.

History buffs will love exploring the Salt Lake Temple and the Tabernacle, while those with a knack for geology or paleontology can marvel at the jaw-dropping displays at the Utah Museum of Natural History.

Dinosaurs at Natural History Museum of Utah, salt lake city

For a more laid-back sightseeing trip, you can always stroll through the Pioneer Park Farmers Market, explore the trendy Sugar House, or take in the historic charm of The Avenues.

A Haven For Outdoor Enthusiasts

While Salt Lake City’s cultural scene is what many of us would consider an underrated gem, you can’t blame visitors for wanting to experience the breathtaking surrounding nature, either.

salt lake city in the fall

The Antelope Island State Park, the Bonneville Salt Flats, as well as the scenic drives through Big Cottonwood Canyon and Little Cottonwood Canyon, are some of the most gorgeous natural sights you’ll find in all of North America.

New Places To Explore

The only people skeptical about Salt Lake City’s allure at this point might be the city trippers who thrive on new restaurants, cafes, and stores, and to those people, I say – there’s nothing to worry about.

view of salt lake city

Here are some of the new places that are either recently opened or expected to open in the following months in the Utah capital:

  • Laan Thai
  • Thirst
  • Gaetano’s
  • Kompas Taqueria
  • Sunday’s Best
  • BASTA Pasteria
  • Sol Agave
  • Travel Right
  • The Canyon
  • Relay

So Much To Do

New stores and restaurants are far from the only thing to look forward to this year in Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City

Here, the events calendar is always filled to the brim, and this year, visitors can go ice skating in the Gallivan Center, explore the romantic Valentine Art Market, or attend one of the many First Friday concerts that take place throughout the months.

For more information on local events to look forward to, you can head over here.

Increased Connectivity

While Salt Lake City’s natural beauty and cultural allure have had a lot to do with its uptick in popularity, the fact that it’s never been easier to get in, out, or around the city hasn’t hurt, either.

With Delta, the country’s most punctual airline, returning to Utah, people are starting to fly to the capital like never before.

Delta Airplane

Once you land, you’ll be met with an amazing public transportation system that makes getting around the city or even to the nearby ski resorts feel like a breeze.

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