Dec 10

SLC on a Shoestring: Tips for Planning a Budget Trip to Salt Lake City

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Salt Lake City’s vibrant art scene, postcard-perfect mountain backdrop, and nearby world-famous ski resorts attract a mix of creative types, adventure seekers, and nature lovers who want a city break with all the trimmings. A choice of great value accommodation options, like the Hilton Salt Lake City Center, cheap eats, and free activities all help to make Salt Lake City an excellent spot for travelers who want a magical getaway on a miniscule budget.

Salt Lake City Utah

Affordable Accommodation

Hotel comparison sites will save you time and hassle by comparing all available hotel rooms at the click of a button, plus they can find you some great deals which are often not found on hotel websites. Many hotels will offer cut price rates on third-party websites as to not upset customers who have already booked full price rooms via their website.

Hipmunk is a travel comparison site that lets you search for hotels in Salt Lake City and then filter the results by price, reviews, and a special ‘ecstasy’ rating which is based on price, star rating, and location. All results are presented in an easy to view list while a handy map gives you an overview of hotels and their exact location. Hipmunk also compares available Airbnb and HomeAway listings with hotel rooms for the best choice of affordable Salt Lake City accommodation.

Cheap Flights to Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City International Airport just 4 miles away from the heart of the city. With over 300 scheduled daily arrivals and 300 daily departures to 89 destinations in the US, Mexico, and Canada, the airport is well-connected and a great hub for finding low-cost flights to Salt Lake City. Check out Delta airlines, Delta Connections, JetBlue Airways, and Southwest Airlines for some of the cheapest fares around.

Timing your trip is also important. If you have the luxury of being flexible with dates then plan a midweek departure when flights are typically at their lowest. Avoid major annual events such as the Sundance Film Festival at the end of January, and St.Patricks Day Parade in March when hotel rates and flight fares can skyrocket. Check out the visit Salt Lake City website to ensure your stay does not clash with the festivities.

Shoestring Sightseeing

Luckily, Salt Lake City has a myriad of free activities. With over 60 free parks and nature reserves dotted in an around the city, there are plenty of natural beauty spots that warrant a visit. Big Cotton Canyon is an awe-inspiring place to explore no matter what time of year you visit. Follow the marked trail which meanders its way through the giant rock mountains, along the trickling creek, and up towards the serene Lake Solitude.

For a cultural afternoon out, the Fairview Museum of Art, Pioneer Memorial Museum, and the Phillips Gallery all have free admission. Have you ever been to Salt Lake City? Share your money-saving travel tips in the comments section below.

Author Bio: Alisha Smith is a writer with a serious case of wanderlust. She’s most likely to be found road tripping up the West Coast, sipping coconut water on a beach in Bali, or writing about her adventures on

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