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7 Last-Minute Day Trips That Are Less Than 3 Hours Away From Salt Lake City

Load up your car and get ready to adventure.

If you tend to get an itch to head out on the open road, this list will give you the perfect excuse to load up that ideal playlist. These seven destinations make for some amazing trips from Salt Lake City. With so much to see, you can plan an escape any time of the week.

Depending on what you want to see, you can explore an island that sits dreamily in the middle of the giant Salt Lake or cruise along a winding highway that stretches through lush forests.

You can stop for some fantastic photo ops along your journey, or just roll the windows down and enjoy the fresh air.

Whether you make an afternoon or a weekend out of them, these spots are sure to make you want to check out every inch of this magical state.

Spiral Jetty

Price: Free

Location: Spiral Jetty, Great Salt Lake, UT

Why You Need To Go: A fantastic work of human-made art stretches out into the Salt Lake and disappears or reappears depending on the water levels.


Fishlake National Forest

Price: Free

Location: 115 E. 900 N., Richfield, UT

Why You Need To Go: You can visit a stunning forest filled with incredible sights and is home to the world's biggest tree system.


Antelope Island State Park

Price: $15 per vehicle of up to 8 people

Location: 4528 West 1700 South, Syracuse, UT

Why You Need To Go: You can camp or just visit this dreamy island that sits that in the middle of the Great Salt Lake.


Mirror Lake Scenic Byway

Price: Free to drive

Why You Need To Go: Along this road, you will pass whimsical forests and glittering lakes, as well as several other charming spots.


Goblin Valley State Park

Price: $20 per vehicle

Location: 18630 Goblin Valley Rd., Orangeville, UT

Why You Need To Go: Wander through a truly surreal spot that features uniquely shaped hoodoos and orange sandstone structures.


Park City

Price: Free

Location: Park City, UT

Why You Need To Go: One of the state's popular and charming towns offers a multitude of outdoor activities and delicious restaurants.



Price: Free

Location: Midway, UT

Why You Need To Go: This town is home to lush local parks and the Homestead Crater, where you can float or play in a natural underground spring.


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