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    Car hire in Salt Lake City with Auto Europe

    To use a car hire in Salt Lake City allows you the freedom to tour this magnificent city at your own pace. Auto Europe offers the best rates and unbeatable service for your car rental experience. Why not take a journey on to Colorado after you have finished exploring here, there’s no end to the adventures you can take and Auto Europe makes all of this easier and hassle free.

    Salt Lake City is a huge tourist destination and there’s so many things to see and do you will be stuck for choice. With a vast history and heritage to learn about or just to enjoy the beauty of the Great Salt Lake it’s sure to win you over as well as everything in between. Why not visit the famous Utah Olympic Park where the 2002 Winter Olympics took place and try your hand at skiing or the Bobsled? A visit to Emigration Canyon where you can take a hike, enjoy fine dining or visit the only zoo in Salt Lake City. Or why not visit Lagoon Amusement Park with a vast variety of rides for thrill seekers or for the more cautious, there’s plenty for all the family. Don't forget to visit our Salt Lake City car hire reviews page to see the user ratings and comments posted by previous Auto Europe customers in Salt Lake City.

    How is the traffic in Salt Lake City?

    Traffic in Salt Lake City can be heavy northbound in the mornings and also heavy southbound in the afternoons. Areas surrounding the university can also get heavy traffic due to the amount of people heading in that direction, as well as I-15 and the I-215 get congested during rush hours. Typically expected traffic issues like any other area due to being busier areas, other than this traffic runs smoothly throughout. Please check our driving information page for more information on the rules of driving in the USA.

    Where can i park my car hire in Salt Lake City?

    With over 30,000 parking spots, parking your car rental in Salt Lake City couldn’t be easier. There are blue parking metres which accept cards and cash which runs from 8am until 8pm on weekdays with a time limit of 2 hours. Parking is free after hours and also on Saturdays and Sundays but with a two hour limit on Saturdays. The parking rate is $2 per hour and must be paid in advance. You can either pay at the metre or via your phone. There are free fare zones meaning that once you have parked you can travel on public transport for free within certain areas. Other parking spaces are the city creek centre which is free for 1 hour, 1 dollar for up to 2 hours, and rates then increase up to a maximum of $20.

    Salt Lake City airport

    Salt Lake City Airport is located around 5 miles northwest of downtown Salt Lake City. The airport has 2 terminals and 3 runways. It is one of the busiest airports in the world and has around 340 flights departing daily. The airport is currently undergoing a 3.6 billion redevelopment program of which the first phase will be completed in 2020.

    Salt Lake City International Airport
    Address: 776 N Terminal Dr, Salt Lake City, UT 84122
    Phone: +(801) 575-2400
    Airlines operating at Salt Lake City airport: Aeromexico Connect, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Airlines, Delta Connection, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, KLM, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, United Express.

    What to do in Salt Lake City

    There's plenty to see and do in Salt Lake City from fast paced adventures and thrills to the more leisurely and relaxing opportunities. Some of the most popular tourist hot spots are listed below;

    • Utah Olympic Park: The Utah Olympic Park was designed and built specifically for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Now that the Olympics are over the park still stands where members of the public can pass through simply to witness the park itself or can buy tickets for the activities themselves. There are many activities that can be enjoyed in the park including extreme tubing which takes place by riding an inner tube down the landing hill of a Nordic Ski Jump at 50mph. The Zip Line Tour is a seven tower zip line 161 feet above the canyon travelling at speeds of up to 40mph. The Summer Extreme Zipline simulates what it would feel like for an Olympian on the K120 jump, travelling down the jump at speeds of up to 50mph similar to that of world class ski jumpers. There is also a Summer Freestyle Zipline which is slightly smaller and shorter, perfect for beginners or for children. The Bobsled Experience takes place on the Olympic Sliding Track which the Bobsled, Skeleton and Luge events took place on during the 2002 Winter Games. During winter the tracks are kept cold and icy but are still usable in summer on wheeled carts. Airbag Jumps can be done from three different platforms of 5,10 and 15 feet where you can leap onto your back onto the giant airbags below. The Summer Canyon, Summit and Discovery courses are different levels of courses with wires, swinging elements and problem-solving features testing strength, agility, balance and coordination at around 55 feet.

    • The Hogle Zoo: Hogle Zoo was first opened in 1916 in Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park but was then moved to its current location at Emigration Canyon in 1931 and given its name due to the land being donated by Mr and Mrs Hogle. The zoo is home to over 800 different animals of all different species. The zoo hosts shows daily including the Wildlife Bird Show, Elephant Encounter, Sea Lion and Seal training and the Discovery Theatre. There are also other attractions such as the Zoofari Express Train Ride, the Conservation Carousel and the Lighthouse Point Splash Zone. It also has many exhibits, the African Savannah exhibit is home to Giraffes, Zebra, Ostrich and Guinea Fowl. In the Rocky Shores exhibit you will see Bears, Sea Lions, Seals and Otters. You will also be able to view these animals underwater as they swim through the crystal clear waters. The Asian Highlands exhibit includes Amur Tigers, Snow Leopards, Amur Leopards, Siberian Lynx and Pallas Cats. Other exhibits include Elephant Encounter, Great Apes, Primate Forest, Small Animal Building and World of Flight.

    • Red Butte Garden : The Red Butte Garden is the largest botanical garden in Utah and is community funded. It is over 100 acres and is located on the University of Utah campus. The garden first opened in 1985. The gardens consist of over 21 acres of developed gardens, numerous plant collections, display gardens, 500,000 springtime blooming bulbs as well as a vast collection of daffodils and over 5 miles of hiking trails which lead into a large natural area. The gardens also host a world class outdoor summer concert series.

    • Gilgal Sculpture Garden: Is a public city park filled unusual statues all symbolic to Mormonism built by Thomas child beginning in 1947 and carrying on until his death in 1963. The garden was then owned by the Fetzer family until 2000. The garden has since been restored greatly and opened to the public after becoming subject to neglect and vandalism over the years. It contains 12 original sculptures and over 70 stones which have been engraved with scriptures, literary texts and poems. As well as gardeners keeping the gardens and flowers and shrubs tended to they maintain the gardens ensuring it is enjoyable for the public.

    • Lagoon Amusement Park : Lagoon Amusement Park is an amusement park based in Utah with over 53 attractions including 10 rollercoasters. The park is divided into 5 main areas. The Midway is home to most of the park rides as well as food outlets and other games. Pioneer Village has exhibits which display pioneer buildings and artefacts. Lagoon-A-Beach is a water park. Kiddie Land is home to rides for small children and X-Venture Zone holds more extreme rides which cost extra on top of general admission price. The park also has a campground and a walking trail. It also hosts a number of events and shows such as Smoke and Mirrors as well as Big Top.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Salt Lake City

    There are so many day trips you can take when you choose to rent a car in Salt Lake City, from the natural wonders or even further out to other cities such as Idaho. Some examples of day trips are listed below;

    Big Cottonwood Canyon

    Big Cottonwood Canyon is in the southeast of Salt Lake City and is full of beautiful forest, mountain lakes and streams. The canyon itself is 15 miles long and provides areas for hiking, biking, picnicking at Storm Mountain, rock climbing, camping and fishing. It is also home to the Brighton and Solitude Ski Resorts where you can try out activities such as skiing and snowboarding. Many of the canyons trails lead to the lakes named Mary, Martha and Katherine with the most popular trail leading to the Blanche, Florence and Lillian lakes. The canyon is also home to a number of rare plant species as well as being a watershed canyon which supplies drinking water to the Wasatch Front area, meaning no dogs or other domesticated animals are allowed in the area. The canyon often hosts a number of events such as festivals, fundraisers, nature walks and art shows and offers two campgrounds named the Spruces and also the Redman both of which are elevated at around 7,500 feet.

    Great Salt Lake Marina

    Great Salt Lake Marina offers picturesque views of sunsets over the Great Salt Lake, as well as views of Antelope Island State Park and Black Rock. The Lake covers 2,000 square miles and is what is left of the ancient Lake Bonneville. The lake attracts more than 257 species of birds and is a huge attraction for migrating birds. The marina provides access for sailors, sculling enthusiasts, other boaters and bird watchers. It is also home to a search and rescue operations centre and the Great Salt Lake Yacht Club. There is also a visitor centre, gift store and food available at Salty Shore Snack Shack. Sailing and kayaking is popular at the lake due to the warm water temperatures, swimming and sunbathing is also popular at the marina with fresh water showers available for rinsing afterwards.

    Mount Timpanogos

    Mount Timpanogos, also known as Timp is the second highest mountain in the Wasatch Range. The mountain rises to almost 12,000 feet above sea level in the national forest. It is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Utah. It can be climbed all year round although winter climbing requires more advanced ability due to the heavy snow. There are 2 main trails to the top of the mountain the first starting at Aspen Grove with an elevation of almost 7,000 feet. The second trail begins at the Timpooneke campground in American Fork Canyon and reaches an elevation of around 7,300 feet. The trails are roughly the same length and hikers on these trails will have to climb through montane forest, subalpine and alpine zones as well as these the hikes also have waterfalls, rocky slopes and ridges, mountain goats and lakes. Emerald lake is located at around 10,400 feet and is known for its amazing wildflower displays along the high elevation meadows and hills.

    Emigration Canyon

    Emigration canyon is located east of Salt Lake City and is known as the original route which the Mormon pioneers used to enter the Salt Lake City area. The canyon has many historic markers from that journey including designating camps including Lost Creek Camp, trail makers and milestones in which the Mormons passed on their way to Salt Lake Valley including the This Is The Place Heritage Park. The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is an almost infinite network of criss crossing trails for hiking, cycling or running. The canyon is also home to the Hogle Zoo, Camp Kostopulos which is a summer camp for disabled children, teens and adults. As well as two restaurants, Ruth’s Diner has been open since 1930 which is most famous for its breakfasts. The Sun and Moon Café however offers more fine dining in a casual less crowded environment as well as nightlife for live music, beer and wine tastings and special wine paring dinners.

    Geographic information and history

    Salt Lake City is located in the Salt Lake Valley east of the Wasatch Mountains, the mountains tend to shield the city from the harsh weather conditions which are common to the area. The valley floor is the lake bed of the ancient Lake Bonneville, this prehistoric lake existed within parts of Utah, Idaho and Nevada. Salt Lake City elevation levels are at around 4,330 feet above sea level and have a population of around 200,544 people.

    Salt Lake City was first inhabited in 1847 when, determined to make a fresh start, a group of Mormon pioneers of 148 men, women a children led by Brigham Young settled on the land after the communities were uprooted by religious strife and forced to travel the 1,330 miles to what was named at that time “Great Salt Lake City” where they could practice their religion freely. The land was generally run by the Mormons although there were some non-Mormon inhabitants that did not follow the religion. In the 1850’s there was a new wave of settlers all looking to get rich quick during the California gold rush. In 1890 the Mormon Church was forced to officially stop the practice of polygamy. Tensions then eased between the Mormons and non-Mormons in the early 1900’s after a city council had been formed citing common goals such as improving roads, utilities and healthcare. There were then trolley systems installed to transport from one neighbourhood to another, although these are no longer in use the trolley square main depot still stands as a shopping mall.

    The mining industry was hugely popular between the 1860’s and the 1920’s with 100’s of mines being opened up in the search for gold, copper, silver and led. This declined allowing for the development of the ski industry. As the industry grew from strength to strength Salt Lake City became home to four world class resorts in the big and little cottonwood canyons. In 2002 Salt Lake City was chosen for the winter Olympics. For several years in the build up to the games, the city transformed its public transport system, venues and lodging in preparation.

    How to get around Salt Lake City

    Using your car hire in Salt Lake City is the most recommended transport as it the most direct and gives you the freedom to travel at your own pace, make stops along the way that you may not be able to do when relying on public transport. It’s also cheaper as you’re not paying fares for taxis and bus fares for several people which may not allow you to go as far out as you would like to go such as the ski slopes. However if this isn't your chosen trasnport there are plenty of public transport options listed below to help make your way around;


    Buses are run around Salt Lake City by the Utah Transit Authority and are free to ride within the free fare zones, outside of these areas fares are $2.50 one way and $6.25 for a day pass. With over 85 routes, buses run from around 6am until midnight. The bus time table is available on the UTA website. The BRT bus also known as the MAX bus is a fast route in and out of the city and runs on its own roadway separate from other vehicles.


    UBER runs throughout Salt Lake City as well as three other main taxi companies which are City Cab, Yellow Cab and UTE Cab. Some downtown hotels also have taxi stands located outside.


    There is a light rail line known as TRAX which runs around Salt Lake City, it is one of the most popular modes of public transport in the city as it is free to use within the city centre and only $1.50 each way for areas outside of downtown. With access via 28 stations spread across downtown, the business district and residential areas, routes run from 5:00am and past midnight. You can also ride the frontrunner from the outskirts and suburbs of Salt Lake City into the centre, although this does run around the clock or on Sundays.

    Can I hire a campervan in Salt Lake City?

    Sightseeing with a motorhome hire in Salt Lake City is another popular option with Auto Europe. As the world's number one car hire broker, the company offers a wide range of modern campervans equipped with all the amenities required for a leisruely road trip in the state of Utah and all other parts of the USA.

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