Layover in Salt Lake City, Utah

While not originally in our travel plans, when heading back from Reno we got stuck in Salt Lake City for about six hours. We decided to make the best of it and see a little bit of SLC during our time here. Here are some things to check out if you have a layover in Salt Lake City, Utah!

Temple Square

Getting Downtown

Getting to downtown Salt Lake City from the airport is really convenient because the TRAX/light rail has a stop at the airport. The Green Line stop is located at the end of Terminal 1 (which is quite a hike depending on where you are in the airport) but it will take you right into downtown SLC. It’s $2.50 for a one way fare. We bought a $5 ticket (no one checked if we had a ticket, but we don’t like to break the rules).

We took the Green Line to City Center Station because there is an outdoor shopping area called City Creek Center located right there. Temple Square Station is located right next to Temple Square, which is where the famous Salt Lake City Temple and Mormon Tabernacle. These two stops are located right next to each other so you could get off at either one.

City Creek Center

Layover in Salt Lake City

We really knew nothing about Salt Lake City (besides the Church of Latter-day Saints Temple), so it was pretty exciting taking in the views from the train ride into downtown.

The City Creek Center turned out to be a really nice area to walk around. There are shops and restaurants and even a river that ran through the center of the mall. We decided to stop at Kneaders Bakery & Cafe, which had really good coffee!

Of course we wanted to check out the main tourist attraction in Salt Lake City, which is Temple Square. This is the famous complex owned by the Church of Latter-day Saints. There is a lot to see here, and I’m sure you could spend a lot of time walking around and exploring. Since we didn’t have a whole lot of time, we just walked the grounds and looked at the Salt Lake Temple. There is also the famous Tabernacle, as well as plenty other historic buildings to visit. It was definitely interesting and worth checking out. You will notice plenty of missionaries walking around that are happy to answer any questions and give free tours.


While we were on the train into downtown, a guy recommended a place to go to for some ramen. We were a little skeptical of his suggestion (he looked like he may have been under the influence of a few things), but we ended up going there and it was really good! It was called Ramen 930 and it was a little pricey but delicious. It is also located next to the Gallivan Station, so it was super easy for us to hop back on the train back to the airport from here.

Although our time in Salt Lake City was short, it was so fun getting to see a new city and explore a little bit. This is definitely a place we would like to go back and stay for a few days.

Things To Do in Downtown Salt Lake City

  • Temple Square
  • Market Street
  • Eccles Theater
  • Utah Jazz game
  • City Library
  • The Gateway Center
  • Clark Planetarium
  • Pioneer Park
  • Brew Pubs

Check out Visit Salt Lake for even more things to do!

Now we want to hear from you! Have you been to Salt Lake City before? What are your favorite things to do? Also, have you ever explored a city on a long layover? Comment below!

Featured image by David Mark from Pixabay

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