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Salt Lake City is the capital and largest city in Utah, with over 2.2 million inhabitants living in the metropolitan area. The city itself has almost 200,000 inhabitants. Internationally, the city was the focus of attention during the 2002 Winter Olympics and has been getting more and more popular since then with foreign visitors as well.
Salt Lake City has a moderately continental climate with relatively dry conditions throughout the year. Summers last from June to early September with especially July and August seeing high average daytime temperatures of more than 30 °C. May/June and September/early October are much better and equally good given the fact that it's almost completely dry during these months and there is a lot of sunshine. Average precipitation is just over 400 mm (16.5 inches) and snow is possible from November to April, with most of it falling from December to mid-March. Temperatures during winter are slightly above zero during the day and below zero at night, though higher up the mountains temperatures drop significantly and snowfall is much higher.
Salt Lake City International Airport (IATA: SLC, ICAO: KSLC, FAA LID: SLC) is the major airport in Utah and is located several miles west of downtown Salt Lake City. It handles over 20 million passengers a year, mainly by domestic flights though there are still quite a few international connections.
The California Zephyr, operated by Amtrak, travels between Chicago and Emeryville (San Francisco), stopping en route in Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City lies at the crossroads of two main Interstates. Interstate 15 runs north-south from Idaho all across cental Utah down to Las Vegas, while Interstate 8- runs east-west from southern Wyoming across northern Utah to northern Nevada and further towards California.
Greyhound has buses throughout Utah and further away.
Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.
For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.
|Camelot Inn & Hostel||165 West 800 South||HOSTEL||78|
|America's Best Inn & Suites Salt Lake City||1009 South Main Street||HOTEL||-|
|Avenues Hostel||107 F Street,||Hostel||80|
|Utah International Hostel||50 South 800 West||Hostel||71|
|AAE Salt Lake Howard J||121 North 300 West Greyhound Bus Amtrak Downtown Location||Hostel||-|
|AWA Hostel Royal Garden||154 West 600 South Downtown Salt Lake||Hotel||74|
|Motel 6 Salt Lake City||1990 West North Temple Street||Hotel||-|
See also International Telephone Calls
The US Postal Service is very good and well priced mail system. There are hundreds of big and small post offices in Salt Lake City. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS and DHL.
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