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Things to do in Salt Lake City

Brave a bicycle on the Bobsled

Even when the snow melts, outdoor enthusiasts continue to traverse these mountainsides - this time on wheels. For mountain-hardy bikes, try Wild Rose Sports (tel: +1 801 533 8671; www.wildrosesports.com). Speed-seekers should head for the Wasatch Mountains to test their pedals on The Bobsled, a seriously fast downhill trail. For a relaxed route, ride around Salt Lake.

Gallop with the wind in your hair

For an authentic pioneering experience, this stunning landscape should only be viewed from the saddle. Take up the trail with Wind In Your Hair Riding (tel: +1 435 336 4795; www.windinyourhair.com). For experienced riders only, mount-up on beautiful traveling Paso Fino horses and gallop through the area's spectacular scenery. Lessons for beginners are also available here.

Get spoilt with ski resorts

Salt Lake is a winter paradise for skiers and boarders alike, with several main resorts surrounding the city offering acres of light, dry and fluffy powder. Snowbird (tel: +1 801 933 2222; www.snowbird.com) is one of Salt Lake's highest; the aptly named Solitude Mountain Resort (tel: +1801 534 1400; http://skisolitude.com) is a haven of tranquillity, whilst Alta Ski (tel: +1 801 359 1078; www.alta.com) offers skiers challenging terrain.

Hit the green from a Utah fairway

Utah is a haven for golfers of all standards, with no less than 34 public golf courses in and around Salt Lake City (tel: +1 801 356 9077; www.utah.com/golf). It's a testament to Utah's natural diversity that 18-holes can be enjoyed in the warm sunshine with snow-peaked mountains providing the backdrop.

Ride the wild white waters of the Weber River

Experience the excitement of rafting down the white waters that cut through the dramatic Weber Canyon, just a 45-minute drive away from Salt Lake. Park City Rafting's (tel: +1 435 655 3800; www.parkcityrafting.com) friendly guides steer rafters through a tumultuous aquatic adventure on either a two-hour tour or a full day's rafting with a stop for lunch.

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Featured Hotels


The Anniversary Inn

Popular with couples looking for a romantic getaway, this is a themed room hotel designed to fulfil an array of fantasies. Options include sleeping in a sultan's palace, an Egyptian chamber, or hunkering down in a covered wagon. The inn was once the old Salt Lake jail and every suite is now luxuriously equipped with themed spa baths and down duvets - there may even be a room that’s themed to look like the old jail. A romantic continental breakfast delivered to your room is included.

The Grand America Hotel

Built in time for the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Grand America Hotel offers 775 rooms, including four presidential penthouse suites. All rooms have balconies and views of the city skyline or exotic fountain courtyard, internet and 24-hour room service. The plush hotel is filled with antiques, and there's a full service spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and elegant lobby lounge and bar. It’s also within walking distance to all downtown attractions.

Hotel Monaco

This expansive property offers some of the most stylish accommodation among the category of boutique hotels in Salt Lake City. Seductive guest rooms and suites set in a meticulously refurbished landmark 14-story building are filled with dazzling décor flourishes, featuring bold geometrics that appear to be an extraordinary cross between art deco and Native American tribal. The establishment has an upbeat feel and staff are attentive and will able to arrange most facets of your stay.

Marriott Salt Lake City Downtown

This is one of the biggest hotels in Salt Lake City, offering 510 well-equipped rooms and suites, arranged over 16 floors right in the centre of town, and just a few steps away from Temple Square and Symphony Hall. All the reassuring comforts expected of this global chain can be found here, including a decent on-site restaurant, swimming pool, fitness centre, and internet access.

Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown

This is another classic high-rise hotel in the popular Downtown district offering reasonably priced contemporary accommodations. The hotel recently underwent a full-scale renovation and now provides modern, clean guestrooms feature luxury bedding, entertainment centers, high-speed Internet access and great views of either the city or the Wasatch Mountains. Additional hotel comforts include an indoor pool, a spa, a fitness center, a popular lounge and the High Rock Steakhouse.

Royal Garden Inn

A classic American-style motel set out over two floors around a central swimming pool, open seasonally, and terrace. The downtown location is just four blocks from Salt Palace Convention Centre, a complementary continental breakfast is served daily, and airport transportation and hotel parking are provided free.