Things to Do In Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City Travel Guide
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Where to Stay
The majority of Salt Lake City’s hotels stand just southwest of central Downtown—placing overnight guests within easy walking distance of SLC’s thriving restaurant scene, as well as its most popular urban attractions. Given the hotel district’s proximity to Salt Lake’s attractions, restaurants and financial district, guests of hotels with airport shuttles—whether visiting for business or pleasure—don’t even need to rent a car. Those with a longer commute will enjoy the fare-free downtown zone of SLC’s light rail system, TRAX.
Avoid: Staying too far from downtown; being able to walk from your hotel to attractions will enrich your experience.
Hot Tips: If local charm is an important part of your ideal accommodations, consider looking into an evening at one of the city's plentiful B&Bs.
What to Eat
Yum! Where to begin? Though it might come as a surprise to you, Salt Lake City’s restaurant scene is actually one of the best and most vibrant in the Intermountain West. Combining a remarkable level of quality, a surprising breadth of diversity and a startlingly low price range, these restaurants offer more than a lifetime’s worth of top-rate fare. Particularly well represented and affordable are the city’s Asian and Latin establishments. But, sushi lovers would be silly to miss an evening at Takashi.
Be Sure to Sample: The fruits of Utah's own farms at SLC's hot and trendy farm-to-table restaurants.
Things to See
Within its city limits, Salt Lake contains a broad selection of attractions, ranging from state-of-the-art museums to professional sports venues, art galleries and historical points of interest. In terms of history, Salt Lake City is legendary for its place in Mormonism—one of the most unique and mysterious of all modern religions. Yet, many of the area’s best attractions lie in the surrounding mountains and desert—visit in winter and ski your brains out; come in summer and explore the Bonneville Salt Flats, the enormous Wasatch trail network or the Great Salt Lake.
Take It or Leave It: If visiting Temple Square, you can join a cost-free, informational tour of the grounds.
Hot Tips: Many of the area's best attractions are free.
Places to Party
Nightlife in Salt Lake: not as bad as you might guess, but also not as good as you might hope. When in Salt Lake City, your best bet for enjoying a fun time after dark is to forget nightclubs, and seek out the city’s best evening outlets: brewpubs and concerts. Our fair city holds many outstanding local breweries with popular eateries affixed to them. In terms of live music, Salt Lake City keeps an extremely lively schedule—particularly in the summer months, during which the calendar is packed with outdoor shows, many of which are free.
Caution: You won't find yourself doing any bar crawls here; most bars and pubs stand quite far apart from one another.
Where to Shop
Salt Lake City is the biggest metropolitan area for hundreds of miles around. As such, people drive—literally—from as far away as Montana to shop in Salt Lake’s malls, outlet stores and boutiques. Whether you’re looking for huge shopping centers and massive box stores like IKEA and Costco, or tiny, chic boutiques with artwork and women’s clothing, Salt Lake has it all.
Hot Tips: For the best in local flavor, shop in Sugarhouse, 9th & 9th, or the Downtown area.
Best Local Souvenir: A Polygamy Porter ("Why have just one?") beer or t-shirt from Wasatch Brew Pub & Brewery.
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Salt Lake City Is Known for...
Five of Salt Lake City's most unique features and characteristics.Mormons
Almost universally, Mormons are the first thing people associate with Utah. It was this group, the Mormons, who first settled the state, arriving in Salt Lake City on July 24, 1847. Officially called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, these people had been rejected from every city they had previously occupied, and so headed west to the barren Great Basin Desert. Armed with industriousness and fervent beliefs, the Mormons went head-to-head with the challenging climate and laid their roots. Completely isolated from outside society, their religion bloomed and spread. Though passing decades would dilute their population with miners, railroad workers, and other “gentiles,” the Mormons will forever be intertwined with the history and culture of Utah. Today you can visit their most famous landmark, Temple Square, at no charge.Landscape
Salt Lake City occupies one of the nation's most spectacular and unique landscapes. To its immediate west, the Great Salt Lake occupies an area between that of Rhode Island and Delaware (depending on its water level), and has roughly 10 times the salinity of ocean water. If you can tolerate its strong odor, take a dip in it; you won't be able to sink! From the...
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