Alta is located close to the largest city and state capital of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Alta find that the town is a popular base for exploring the rugged landscape of northern Utah, as well as observing the unique Mormon heritage of Salt Lake City. There is a great choice of self catering holiday rental accommodation to be found in and around Alta and Salt Lake City, mainly in the form of apartments, villas and spacious ranch houses.
Alta is a popular tourist destination for national and international visitors throughout the year. Located at an elevation of over 8,000 feet, Alta is the highest large settlement in Utah and is a popular ski resort in the winter months. Throughout the rest of the year the town is a popular stop-off point for backpackers and the surrounding semi-arid landscape is an interesting place for walkers and hikers to explore. The more energetic visitors may enjoy such adrenaline-inducing pursuits as rock-climbing mountaineering and abseiling, whilst the valleys closer to Salt Lake City boast several golf courses.
Visitors spending their holidays in Alta will find that nearby Salt Lake City boasts more that just being the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons. There are several museums and galleries to be found in the city, such as the Natural History Museum of Utah, Fort Douglas Military Museum and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Other popular tourist attractions worth visiting in and around Salt Lake City include the Clark Planetarium, Lagoon Amusement Park and the Golden Spike National Historic Site. The nearby Gardner Historic Village is one of the largest dinosaur museums in the United States.
Alta and most of northern Utah has a semi-arid climate, with four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and dry, with temperatures often reaching the high 30s degrees Celsius. Winters are much colder, with temperatures often dropping below zero, whilst spring and autumn are brief transitional periods between the two extremes. Visitors spending their holidays in Alta will discover that much of the town’s average annual precipitation of 16 inches will fall as snow in the mid-winter months.
Travellers looking to spend their holidays in Alta will first fly to Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Washington Dulles (IAD) or New York (JFK) airports. Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, American Airlines and Delta Airlines operate regular flights to all three airports, departing from London Heathrow (LHR). They will then fly with United Express, Jet Blue Airways or Delta Connections to Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC).