The Great Salt lake had been on my bucket list for some time now. I especially wanted to visit after I had a chance to see the Dead Sea in Israel. I wanted to see how the water compared. (The Dead sea is much more oily, the Great Salt lake was more, well, salty.) I spent the morning exploring Salt Lake City then visited Antelope Island State Park.
I really liked SLC, it was very clean, the people were like small town friendly. This was the first time I had been to Utah. I drove up from Las Vegas which was just gorgeous. The southern half of the state is barren desert, then you cross a mountain and the other side is suddenly green and a lot more lush.
Antelope Island is the largest island in the Great Salt lake. Sometimes, when the rainfall has been low it actually becomes a peninsula. The island is just a couple miles off the eastern shore and is connected by a causeway. There is a ten dollar fee per car to drive to the island, and bikes and pedestrians are three dollars.
I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area. The hike to the summit of Frary’s peak is a a bit of a challenge (or at least for someone like me) but definitely worth it. Since it is the highest point on the island there is a great view of the Lake and SLC from all directions.