Sandy, Utah, also known as the Heart of the Wasatch, is the ultimate base camp. This city located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains and just 13 miles south of Salt Lake City is the perfect place to visit for your Utah vacation. Nowhere else in the world has a better proximity to as wide a variety of mountain sports and outdoor recreation, with many of the country's best ski resorts nearby. Sandy has everything you need whether you hit the slopes, hit the town, or hit the sack.
If you came to Utah to ski, Sandy has you covered. Only a short drive away are Alta and Snowbird which have been named the No. 1 ski resorts in the United States by SKIING Magazine for five years in a row. Other great ski resorts in the area are Brighton and Deer Valley. Whether you're hitting black diamonds or sticking to the bunny slope, each of them offer breathtaking views and a full day of family fun. Keep in mind that Deer Valley is a ski only resort, so check out the others if you'd rather carve the mountain on your snowboard. Sandy also boasts 60 miles of hiking and biking trails. After a long day on the mountain, I'm sure you'll want to rest a little. Learn more about the history of Sandy at the Sandy Museum, a historic building with two floors of displays, gift shop, and an exhibition shed outside. It's open Tuesday-Thursday from 1:00pm-5:00pm or by appointment. If the weather is nice outside, visit the Sego Lily Gardens or go shopping at one of Utah's largest shopping complexes, The South Towne Center.
The 2002 Winter Olympics may have put Salt Lake City on the map, but I assure you that tourists have been loving the city long before then. Salt Lake City is the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and many major tourist attractions focusing in the history of the Church. It's also a prime destination for travelers interested in outdoor sports. Of course, skiing is the most popular sport in the winter, but during the rest of the year, visitors can enjoy great hiking, biking and climbing. Big Cottonwood Canyon is just a short drive away and is a rock climbing and hiking playground. If that doesn't satisfy your hiking tooth, check out one of Utah's beautiful national parks. Bryce, Arches and Zion or only a few hours away. Rent a car and take your time meandering through the mountains, or opt for an all-inclusive tour.
You can find a number of hotel accommodations in Sandy, Utah starting as low as $50. If you're tired of staying at one of the big name places like Hyatt, Hilton, or Hampton, try resting your head at a charming bed and breakfast like The 1887 Hansen House. This Victorian mansion, listed on the National Historic Register, is surrounded by rock gardens, fountains, and 100-year-old trees. Each morning, a delicious gourmet breakfast is served in the formal dining room by the owner, Fran Hansen. For even more options, check out the surrounding areas like West Jordan, Murray, and of course, Salt Lake City.
Rental cars are common in the area, especially if you want the convenience of your own car to schlep ski gear up and down the mountain. The TRAX is another great way to get around the city. TRAX is a light rail system serving Salt Lake City and many of its suburbs. Sandy also has a great bus system ensuring that you'll be able to get around easily with or without a car.
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