Ammon Cunningham and the Great Salt Lake

Because he is a travel blogger of some note, as well as a prolific tourist himself, Utah is not just home to Ammon Cunningham. No, it’s a lot more than that. Ammon sees Utah as a top-of-the-line travel destination that should appeal to almost anyone in the world. The beauty inherent in the state is incredible and he believes everyone should see it at least once. And there are few travel destinations more spectacular than the Great Salt Lake, which just happens so sit just outside the largest city in the state.

The Great Salt Lake is actually very impressive, and Ammon Cunningham likes to blog about it every chance he gets. The largest and deepest inland lake west of the Mississippi River, the lake is actually a small remnant of what it used to be, back when it was a small part of Lake Bonneville. Over many centuries, evaporation caused the water table to fall and leave behind the Great Salt Lake Desert, also widely known as the Bonneville Salt Flats. While, in its current state, the Great Salt Lake is saltier than most other bodies of water, including oceans, it actually used to be even saltier.

Heber Valley Historic Railroad

Ammon Cunningham blogs regularly about his adventures. This avid traveler enjoys writing about travel destinations in Utah and beyond. Having visited the Heber Valley Historic Railroad based out of Utah’s Heber City, Cunningham wanted to share this passenger train site with others. Venturing from Heber City to Vivian Park, excursions take interested travelers through the state’s Provo Canyon on sight-seeing tours. Although the ride is only approximately three hours long for the 32-mile trip — round-trip — numerous landmarks can be seen from the slow train ride.

The Heber Valley Historic Railroad takes riders beyond Cascade Mountain, Deer Creek Dam and Reservoir, Sundance Ski Resort, Mount Timpanogos, the Provo River, Tate Barn and Soldier Hollow. These well-known Utah sites can all be viewed along the journey in addition to various wildlife and beautiful landscapes.

The line was once used as part of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, connecting the city to Provo, Utah. Current operations of the historic railroad tour began around 1970. Although various lines have operated recreationally since that time, tourist use has spanned these four-plus decades, sharing Utah’s historic line and land with visitors. Additionally, the rail line was used during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City — known as Olympic Steam Team — and carried numerous spectators from Heber City to Soldier Hollow’s venue.

Ammon Cunningham suggests Salt Lake City

Home of the 2002 Winter Olympics and the state’s capital, Salt Lake City, Utah, is the place-to-be, suggests avid traveler and blogger Ammon Cunningham. As a writer about various travel destinations, including his home state of Utah, Cunningham knows that there are few places offered what Salt Lake City has in Utah’s backyard.

A populous city boasting 1.15 residents across the entire metropolitan region, Salt Lake City has grown immensely as a result of its economy, religious immigration and its recreational offerings. For travelers, it is a mecca for outdoor recreation, primarily skiing, as well as other activities.

Culturally, the city contains multiple museums for visitors to peruse. From the Utah Museum of Fine Arts to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Memorial Museum, the LDS-focused Church History Museum, Fort Douglas Military Museum, Clark Planetarium and the art, technology and science-themed The Leonardo. Music and performing arts also have a stronghold on the city with a variety of off-Broadway shows, consistent concerts and a strong local music scene including a publication dedicated to it. Festivals are many around Salt Lake City as well, including the Utah Arts Festival which welcomes more than 80,000 annually and has run since 1977.

Recreationally, there is no shortage of activity. The city is home to the NBA team Utah Jazz with many amateur sports as well. Just east of Salt Lake City, one can discover many winter sports, such as snowboarding — and participation is said to have increased at the ski resorts by nearly 30% since hosting the Winter Olympics. In summer weather, find boating, fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, camping and more along the same Wasatch Mountains.