If you want to get your kids started on adventure from the word go, you couldn’t do much better than Salt Lake City.
“Even on the ski slopes they start them young,” says Erika Wiggins, a former commercial real estate broker and pilot who now blogs at The Active Explorer. “The proof is in the number of families I see outdoors here.” There are a range of attractions within 45 minutes of the city, allowing parents and children to take advantage of even the shortest days. She also finds Salt Lake City ideal because of the range of outdoor experiences available to families within minutes of the city. Nearby attractions include Little Cottonwood Canyon, home to Snowbird and Alta ski resorts as well as hundreds of granite climbing routes, and Timpanogos Cave National Monument, where visitors can tour three stalactite-festooned grottoes.
While housing prices increased in the first quarter of 2013, they still remain below the national average. The average for Salt Lake City is just under $150,000; rentals on two-bedroom apartments average right around $700.