1. Salt Lake City is the #1 U.S. Hiking City.
National Geographic ranked Salt Lake City #1 because of the city’s proximity to so many amazing hiking opportunities.
2. Salt Lake International Airport is the best.
Travel and Leisure ranked Salt Lake International Airport #1 for Best Airport for Flight Delays, with only 12.9% of flights delayed.
3. There’s a real sense of community in Salt Lake City.
From the Avenues Street Fair to the Farmer’s Market, Salt Lake City residents come together often to celebrate special occasions, support local businesses and enjoy life.
4. Salt Lake City is one of the best cities for young professionals.
Forbes ranked Salt Lake fourth in the nation for young professionals, based on the unemployment rate, cost of living and amenities.
5. If you’re looking for live music, Salt Lake City is the place.
From the Utah symphony to the free Lunch Bunch Concert Series at the Gallivan Center, you’ll find plenty of great venues for music.
6. Salt Lake City has baby lions.
Hogle Zoo has three brand new baby lions this spring. That alone might make Salt Lake City the best in America.
7. Salt Lake City is home to the most unique sculpture garden in the world.
Does it get stranger or more unique than Gilgal Gardens? I think not.
8. Salt Lake City is great for kids.
You’ll find tons of great activities for kids in Salt Lake City! Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, Utah Children’s Theater, Hogle Zoo and Tracy Aviary are just a start. In addition, Salt Lake has numerous parks and most of its restaurants are kid-friendly.
9. The Utah Jazz calls Salt Lake City home.
While the epic years of Stockton-to-Malone are long over, the Jazz is still competitive (they’re currently ranked 8th in the Western Division).
10. Salt Lake City is the 2nd friendliest city in the nation.
Time magazine ranked Salt Lake City 2nd (behind Nashville) for its friendly citizens. “These outdoorsy locals apparently treat visitors like family.” The site also noted the kid-friendly atmosphere.
11. You’ll find tons of fine and cultural arts opportunities in Salt Lake City.
Attend a performance of the Utah Opera, Utah Symphony, Ballet West, Pioneer Theatre and a host of other live theaters. Check out the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art or the Utah Museum of Fine Art, along with dozens of art galleries.
12. The library is amazing.
World-renowned architect Moshe Safdie designed the Salt Lake City Main Branch, located at 210 E. 400 S.
13. Livability ranked Salt Lake City 5th on its Top 10 Best Downtowns list.
The site notes Salt Lake’s high percentage of “creative class” workers, which includes engineers, scientists and artists. Livability also appreciates Salt Lake for its live music, restaurants and light rail.
14. Salt Lake City has three theaters that show more than just blockbuster action movies.
Broadway Centre Theater and The Tower offer independent and foreign films. At Brewvies Cinema Pub, you can have a beer, fish n chips or pasta while you watch your movie.
15. The municipal parks in Salt Lake City are beautiful, relaxing spots.
Salt Lake’s two largest parks are Sugarhouse Park and Liberty Park. Others include City Creek, Sunnyside, Fairmont, Tanner, Sixth East, Nelli Jack, Warm Springs, Memory Grove and more.