Best Times to Visit Salt Lake City
The best time to visit Salt Lake City is September to October. The kids are in school and the skiers have yet to arrive, so you'll have the city – and all of its discounted hotel rooms – to yourself. Springtime is another sweet spot for bargains, but snowmelt coupled with higher precipitation levels can lead to soggy conditions. Winter marks the peak season with skiers flooding the region's slopes, while summer draws outdoorsy travelers looking to take advantage of the hiking trails and lake activities.
Weather in Salt Lake City
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
Salt Lake City winters are relatively mild: Average temperatures hover in the 30s, 40s and 50s. However, that's not the case in the mountains: Colder temps and frequent snowfall turn north-central Utah into prime ski terrain, making the city a sought-after home base for powder hounds. Plus, many hotels offer package deals with discounts on rooms and lift tickets. While hotel rates are never unreasonably high, you'll want to make reservations at least a month in advance to ensure availability.
Spring is short and sweet. Temperatures range from the low 60s to the low 70s, offering a comfortable climate for outdoor activities. Just make sure to bring your waterproof shoes: Melting snow combined with high levels of precipitation can put a damper on your trip. But if you don't mind a little sogginess, you're sure to find some great deals on hotels during this season.
Summer is ideal for getting to know the city's surroundings. Temperatures in the 80s and 90s make a visit much more inviting, while the trails in Wasatch National Forest offer shady respite from the heat. And though this isn't as popular a time to visit as winter, it's still a good idea to make reservations at least two or three weeks in advance.
Autumn is a great time to visit Salt Lake City thanks to fewer crowds and extremely low hotel prices. Temperatures hover between the mid-60s and high 70s, making for ideal leaf-peeping conditions.
Popular Times to Visit Salt Lake City
Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.
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