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To Ski City—and beyond! As you gear up to head to Salt Lake City, there are a few essential things you should keep in mind. First, understand that you need a car rental unless you plan to spend your entire Salt Lake City vacation at your spa resort. Check out some cool attractions on Hotwire’s travel itinerary to get an idea of just how much you’ll want to rent a car and hit the SLC pavement to explore the best of Salt Lake City.

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Unusually cool fun: Clark Planetarium is a treasured attraction for SLC locals. When you’re in town, stop by for an out-of-this-world adventure. The planetarium features an IMAX and the Hansen Dome Theater—a 360-degree immersive sensory experience. Hit the nightlife scene in the Sugar House neighborhood—complete with bars and restaurants. Go on a paragliding adventure with Pukana Adventure Company in Draper, UT, 30 minutes from the city. If you have a GoPro, bring it along to capture some epic reels from your gliding experience.

Salty, sweet & savory eats: Whether you’re in the mood for gourmet dessert, a decadent brunch, or a quick bite, the food scene in the “City of the Saints” is sure to please.

  • Breakfast/brunch: If you want a quick bite to kickstart a day of Salt Lake City adventuring, The Rose Establishment serves light, fresh, and flavorful brunch. If its hazelnut espresso biscotti and avocado tartine aren’t enough to convince you, its Riff Pinot Grigio is sure to get you in the door. For a heartier breakfast/brunch, try Sweet Lake Biscuits and Limeade. 
  • Lunch/dinner: Oquirrh serves seasonal, locally sourced American fare with an elegant touch. Its artistically plated food looks as decadent as it tastes, so if you get a taste for roasted duck breast, manila clams, or sockeye salmon, Oquirrh is your go-to. 
  • Dessert: In the mood for a decadent dessert after a day of exploring? Les madeleines Patisserie serves everything from ginger dudes and macaroons to pumpkin pie eclairs and gluten-free Reine de Saba. 

Day trips: One of the best things about taking a trip to Ski City is its proximity to exciting outdoor attractions. If you plan to explore some of the outdoor marvels that Salt Lake City has to offer, load up your Hotwire car rental and hit the road for a nature day trip. Sundance Mountain Resort is just an hour from SLC and makes for powder-packed snowboarding, skiing, or snowshoeing adventure in winter. Enjoy horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, and more during the summer. Take a scenic drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon to visit Lake Mary, Lake Blanche, for mountain biking on the Wasatch Crest Trail. The Great Salt Lake is another mini trip you can take. When you get there, explore the lake on a kayak or take a sunset cruise for stunning views of North America’s saltiest lake.

Frequently Asked Questions about Rental Cars in Salt Lake City

How to get last-minute hotel deals in Salt Lake City?

Finding cheap hotels in SLC can be a pain, and deals are even tougher to find when you need to book a last-minute hotel in Salt Lake City. Stress less when you book with Hotwire. You can get deals on luxury hotels, pet-friendly hotels, hotels with spas, and adults-only resorts. If you don’t mind leaving your exact hotel reservation up to chance and want to save more money, book a Hotwire Hot Rate to get up to 50% off your hotel reservation.

Who has the cheapest car rental rates in Salt Lake City?

With dozens of car rental companies in Salt Lake City, it can be difficult to find the best deals. When you book with Hotwire, you’ll find some of the most competitively priced car rentals in Salt Lake City. Want to save even more money? Book a last-minute car rental in Salt Lake City with Hotwire Hot Rates to secure a rental for as low as $22.

What car types can I rent in Salt Lake City?

Hotwire has a large inventory of car rental types for you to choose from. Whether you plan to spend your time in Salt Lake City at a spa resort or exploring the great outdoors, you’re sure to find your ideal rental with Hotwire. Your luxury car rentals in Salt Lake City don’t have to break your bank, and neither does a road-trip-ready SUV or midsize sedan built for city cruising. Hotwire has stellar car rental deals for a variety of car types.

Which car rentals are onsite at Salt Lake City airport?

With Hotwire, you can choose from a host of different car rentals at SLC airport. Browse Hotwire’s inventory of SLC rental cars to get deals on cars from car rental companies like  Alamo car rentals and Enterprise car rentals in Salt Lake City.

Is it safe to travel to Salt Lake City now?

With all the recent COVID-19 closures and reopenings, many people wonder, “Is it safe to travel to Salt Lake City right now?” Keep up with the latest on destination restrictions while you travel and be sure to refer to the guidance on traveling during the coronavirus pandemic to stay safe.

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