Salt Lake City receives millions of visitors a year. If you plan to visit in 2024, choose to stay in a hotel in Lehi! Lehi has more affordable accommodations, is in a central location (between Provo and Downtown Salt Lake City), and has dozens of attractions and outdoor activities closeby. 

Here are 6 main reasons why you should choose Lehi as your main hub when you visit Utah next. 


1. Affordable Hotel AccommodationsHyatt Place Lehi exterior

Lehi has a variety of hotels to choose from for your next stay, from Hilton to Marriott and several others. One major benefit to staying in Lehi is that the hotel rooms are more affordable and still offer all of the benefits as the hotels in Salt Lake City. It is less crowded and overall makes for a more enjoyable experience!


2. Central Location


Lehi could not be more perfectly located! It is in the middle of Salt Lake City to the north and Provo to the south. Because of its central location, it is easy to get around the valley, especially when using the FrontRunner.

The FrontRunner station is conveniently found right next to Thanksgiving Point (mentioned below) and can get you to the heart of Salt Lake City in about 40 minutes. The FrontRunner can also take you down south to Provo to explore the famous Brigham Young University and bustling Downtown Provo.


3. Home of Thanksgiving Point

BUtterfly Biosphere at Thanksgiving Point

Thanksgiving Point receives over 2,000,000 visitors each year. There is so much to see including the Museum of Ancient Life, the Museum of Natural Curiosity, the beautiful Ashton Gardensgolf, a brand new Butterfly Biosphere, and so much more. 

It is a large venue that is family-friendly and offers many ways to learn and experience Utah in a way you can't find anywhere else. It is right next to the freeway and the Outlets at Traverse Mountain, so it is easy to find and access and makes a great day trip close to your hotel.


4. Food Hub

Vegan Restaurants

Utah County, including Lehi, is home to over 900 diverse restaurants. Whether you're in the mood for American cuisine in American Fork, barbecue in Orem, fast food in Spanish Fork, or award-winning dining in Provo, there's something to satisfy every palate.

Discover "10 Best Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants," "5 Best Pizzas," and "5 Best Burgers" for lunch and dinner, or explore fine dining options and vegan/vegetarian delights for special occasions. For drinks and desserts, enjoy everything from Dirty Soda at Utah Soda Shops to the "5 Best Ice-Cream Places near Provo."


5. Home of Silicon Slopes

Silicon Slopes

Lehi is at the heart of Silicon Slopes, a tech hub that includes a range of companies from information technology and software development to hardware manufacturing. Notable companies in the area include SanDisk, Intel/Micron Technology joint venture IM Flash Technologies, eBay, Adobe Systems, and Zions Bank.

Recognized as an emerging force in the technology sector, Silicon Slopes benefits from its proximity to Salt Lake City International Airport and its connection to Silicon Valley.


6. Central to Utah's Top Mountain Activities

Chair lifts with mountains in the background

If you're visiting Utah, chances are you want some great outdoor adventures! Lehi is a short drive into the mountains and is close to many breathtaking drives and hikes. The Alpine Loop Scenic Byway provides many beautiful sights and is the start of adventurous, as well as family-friendly hikes, such as Stewart Falls, Horsetail Falls, and Cascade Springs.

If you are prepared, you can spend a day hiking to the top of Mount Timpanogos. You also must check out Timpanogos Cave National MonumentTibble Fork Reservoir (for kayaking, swimming, and more) or drive further south to Sundance Mountain Resort for skiing and numerous other activities! If you want a wild adventure, check out the Flight Park at the point of the mountain!


Bonus: Visit The Footloose Film Locations

The Lehi Roller Mills (as pictured at the beginning of the blog) is an iconic sight, not just for Lehi, but also for Footloose! This is a fun experience for families that love musicals that you can't find in any other Utah city!

There is so much to do in and around Lehi! You won't regret staying here instead of the crowded Downtown Salt Lake City! For a complete visitor's guide to Utah Valley, go here. For more ideas and a fun trip itinerary with a day spent at Thanksgiving Point, go here!