A couple years ago we passed through Utah, intending to explore Salt Lake City with the dogs. Unfortunately, a heat wave arrived just before we did, and the temperatures in the valley climbed to almost 100 degrees. That’s just too hot … for the dogs and us! So, we high-tailed it up the mountain to dog friendly Park City, where we spent six lovely days at Jordanelle State Park and found plenty to keep Ty and Buster busy.
This time around the weather in Salt Lake couldn’t have been nicer, and delving into the pet friendly options did not disappoint. There are a bunch of pet friendly hotels in Salt Lake City to choose from, or you can do what we did … check into the RV Park that’s within walking distance of downtown. This was the perfect jumping off point to stroll the streets, peruse the parks, and tackle the trails that Salt Lake City has to offer.
One of Utah’s most popular tourist destinations, Temple Square, is in the heart of downtown. The grounds and gardens around the temple are lovely – it’s a ideal place to plant yourself on a bench and enjoy the peacefulness that’s been cultivated in the center of this bustling city.
From Temple Square, head off in any direction and you’re bound to find a park. Salt Lake has to be one of the greenest city we’ve ever been to! Pioneer Park is a few blocks to the southwest and features the Saturday farmer’s market. A tree-lined promenade is the highlight of Liberty Park. And Brigham Young Historic Park commemorates a leader in The Church of Latter Day Saints and a pioneer in the settlement of the Western United States.
The Capitol building was constructed between 1912 and 1916 with local granite and is crowned by a dome covered in Utah copper. Even if architecture isn’t your thing, this is a pretty spectacular building. And it’s hilltop location delivers a great view of the city.
Cross the street to the east of the capitol and you’ll be looking down into City Creek Canyon, which was my favorite place in the city. Look for the path that drops down the steep canyon wall to the park below. Here you’ll find several memorials to Utah’s veterans, a replica of the Liberty Bell, hiking trails through the botanical garden, and, at the back of the park, an off leash trail along the creek where your pooch can have a romp.
When it’s time for a little retail therapy, head over to The Gateway, an outdoor shopping center with over 100 retailers and restaurants. There’s sure to be something for everyone! Some of the shops welcome the dog on leash inside – just be sure to ask first.
Of course, no trip to Salt Lake would be complete without taking the 30 minute jaunt up to Park City. Even though we’d been there before, this cool little ski town is always entertaining and we wouldn’t miss a chance to visit.
And, of course, getting your photo with Franz the Bear is an absolute must!
We found both Salt Lake City and Park City very pet friendly and think they’d make an excellent choice for your next pet friendly fun-cation!
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