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Salt Lake City is sandwiched between mountains and the great salt lake and manages to combine the beauty of both. Utah’s capital city is the headquarters of the Mormon church – the Latter-Day Saints – and around half the 1.2 million people in Salt Lake City follow the faith. It’s also a very liberal city, with a large LGBT+ community, and has some superb craft beers. Whether you plan on hiking the mountains used in the 2002 Winter Olympics or heading out onto the lake, hiring a carin Salt Lake City will help you make the most of Utah’s best.
Salt Lake City International Airport has arrivals from several international destinations including the UK and Europe, and is one of the most efficient in the US with the fewest cancellations in the country. The airport is just four miles from downtown SLC and it takes less than 10 minutes on the I-80W highway to reach the centre. There are lots of rental car companies with counters in the arrivals lounge, so it’s simple to collect your car before travelling on to your destination, whether that’s SLC or elsewhere in Utah.
Many car hire companies operate around South Temple Street near the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City, making it easy to find an option to suit any budget. If you want to hire a rental car here then drop it off at the airport or another hub then you have the choice of several major brands.
Whether you’re selecting a vehicle at the international airport or downtown Salt Lake City, there are lots of recognised brands to choose from. Rental car companies include Enterprise, Avis, Hertz, Budget, National, Alamo and Thrifty. Airport counters run from around 7am to 1am, while in central Salt Lake City business hours are 7.30am to 6pm, or until 4pm on weekends.
You can get closer to the beautiful scenery of the Wasatch mountains in Murray, a relaxed town on the edge of the mountain range. It’s 12 miles south of downtown Salt Lake City and just 15 minutes away on the I-15N.
Also south of SLC is West Jordan, a former copper mining town that is one of the fast-growing parts of Utah. The Oquirrh Mountains to the east and the Jordan river make for a picturesque setting, and it’s just 14 miles south of Salt Lake City off the I-15N.
Another major centre in Utah is West Valley City. It’s the state’s second largest city, and like the rest of the state has a strong resonance for Mormons due to its settlers’ history. The city is growing and is halfway through a major redevelopment, which you can see if you head along the UT-201E just 11 miles to the west of Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City may have 1.2 million people living there, but the town has a relaxed atmosphere with little traffic stress to worry about. Highway speed limits are 65mph to 70mph in most areas, but slower in town centres. Turning right on a red light is allowed, if the car has come to a complete stop. You’ll find some superb scenic driving routes around the state of Utah, crossing five national parks, canyons and mountain drives.
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