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by | Mar 9, 2016 | Press Releases

New flight route will give Brits direct access to America’s Mountain West for the first time. Packages from £1,455 per person

On 24 April 2016, Delta Air Lines will become the first airline to fly nonstop from London Heathrow to Utah’s Salt Lake City, opening up one of America’s most beautiful states to British visitors as never before. The service will operate daily during summer, before switching to up to four times a week for the winter months.

Utah is home to five of North America’s most stunning national parks – the ‘Mighty 5’ made up of Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capital Reef and Zion – plus 14 ski resorts offering ‘The Greatest Snow on Earth’ and some of the finest mountain biking trails on the planet. And its quirky capital, Salt Lake City, is the perfect springboard from which to explore its rugged charms.

Whether you love to hike, bike or simply chill, there’s plenty going on in Salt Lake City and the surrounding Wasatch Mountains this summer including arts-focused events like The Living Traditions Festival (20-22 May) and the Utah Arts Festival (23-26 June) together with the world famous Wasatch Wildflower Festival (29-31 July) in the Cottonwood Canyons, which sees the beautiful mountainside turned into a riotous blur of colours.

But Utah is not just about pristine wilderness. Salt Lake City itself – with the youngest average population of any state capital – is full of life and boasts award winning restaurants, a vibrant craft brewery scene and outstanding shopping at City Creek Center. Visitors will also want to explore historic Temple Square, which is the home of the Mormon Church and ranks as Utah’s top tourist attraction. Tours are offered daily.

For holidaymakers looking to use Salt Lake City as a base, but explore further afield on a couple of day trips, here are five ideas for summer days out, together with journey time from the city:

Antelope Island State Park: Visit to discover free-ranging wildlife including bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep and pronghorn (antelope) plus an outstanding array of birds. The park offers arguably the best views of the Great Salt Lake and great hiking and mountain biking. Drive time: 1 hour 40 minutes.

Park City: Now North America’s largest ski and snowboard resort, this picturesque former mining town is also home to the Sundance Film Festival each January. Come summer, there still plenty to explore and the views of the surrounding alpine scenery are excellent. Work up an appetite exploring some of the 250 shops on historic Main Street before dining at Robert Redford’s popular eatery Zoom. Art lovers will enjoy the Park City Kimball Arts Festival (12-14 August), which has been voted one of America’s top twenty festivals. The lively three-day event attracts over 200 artists from 30 states, 30 live bands and offers the opportunity to sample dishes from local restaurants. Drive time: 40 minutes.

Homestead Crater: Diving, Utah? Absolutely! The crater in Midway features a geothermal spring hidden inside a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock, in which visitors can enjoy the only warm scuba diving in the continental US, or simply enjoy a soak or snorkel in the 96 degree Fahrenheit water. Drive time: 50 minutes.

The Utah Olympic ParkIn 2002, Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics. Stop by to explore the state’s Olympic legacy and try the Comet Bobsled Ride, which is available year-round and sees riders driven along the official Olympic Sliding Track by an experienced pilot. Drive time: 35 minutes.

Ogden: This northern Utah town can certainly lay claim to a wild past, having once been deemed too dangerous to visit by mobster Al Capone. However today, the town has been completely gentrified and its historic 25th street is the perfect place from which to explore it’s significant role in the development of the transcontinental railroad, which arrived in Ogden in 1869. To explore its railroad heritage, stop by Union Station. Drive time: 40 minutes.

Becky Johnson, Global Specialist at Utah Office of Tourism comments: “The launch of Delta’s new nonstop London to Salt Lake City service is a very exciting development for tour operators, holidaymakers and the state of Utah alike. We’re looking forward to welcoming a significant increase in British visitors and showing them everything our beautiful state has to offer this summer including our ‘Mighty 5’ national parks.”

Journey to Utah with Delta:

Bon Voyage (0800 316 0194 / bon-voyage.co.uk) offers seven nights in Salt Lake City, Utah from £1,455 per person. Valid for travel on 24 April 2016, the price is based on two adults sharing and includes nonstop return Delta flights from London Heathrow to Salt Lake City, car hire and room-only accommodation at the four-star Little America Hotel.

To plan a trip to Utah, visit www.visitutah.com/uk.

To find out more about Delta’s new service, visit www.delta.com.