Hotel at a Glance: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, West Valley City
The Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, West Valley City sits in the Salt Lake Valley, a flat expanse of desert land surrounded by mountains. The Great Salt Lake is just 16 miles away; head to the peninsular Antelope Island State Park to swim, hike, or picnic on the shores.
- Full hot breakfast: Start the morning off with bagels, muffins, cereals, and fresh fruit.
- Go for a swim in the indoor pool or take a dip in the whirlpool.
- Free airport shuttle provides service from the hotel to and from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), 8 miles away
- In-room amenities: coffeemaker, TV, and free WiFi, with microwaves and refrigerators in king suites
Salt Lake City: Mormon Heritage, Skiing, and the Great Salt Lake
Surrounded by mountains on every side, Utah's capital city sprawls across a broad valley that draws visitors looking to play in the great outdoors. Skiing in the nearby Wasatch Range is one of the most popular pastimes; there are eight ski resorts in a 50-mile range of the city. The area receives nearly 500 inches of snow annually, and several resorts offer access to slopes suitable for skiers of all skill levels. Summer visitors can still go to the ski areas for hiking and trail rides. You’ll also find warm-weather activities just outside the city limits in the 2.1 million acres of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and near the Great Salt Lake—the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere and a remnant of a prehistoric inland lake.
Those interested in the origins of the city or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can check out the Church History Museum, home to a large collection of Mormon art and artifacts. If you’re looking to research your own genealogy, visit the Family History Library—which is free to the public—and search through a large database with the help of professional staffers and trained volunteers. Both the museum and the library are adjacent to Temple Square, one of Salt Lake City’s most popular attractions, where tranquil gardens surround the iconic Salt Lake Temple.