Welcome to Salt Lake City, Utah!
The first thing that might come to mind when you think of Utah, is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Salt Lake City, the state capital, has far more to offer than just Mormons. This is a mellow, homey city, with an excellent foodie scene, incredible landscapes, and outdoor activities, all within touching distance that is a surprisingly hip, liberal vibe.
The tourist crowds might stick to famous attractions, but a worldwide local looks for adventure, excitement, and new experiences. This is an insider’s guide to the best attractions that Salt Lake City has to offer.
Getting Started: Things to Do in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City is remarkably laid-back, with a small-town feel for a city of its size, however, its art and cultural offerings are still impressively eclectic. It boasts some excellent museums, like the remarkable, multi-faceted Leonardo Museum, the stunning Natural History Museum, and the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, the largest museum in the world dedicated to just one subject. Its galleries and art spaces are pretty amazing too, with the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Utah Artists Hands, and a gallery offering a varied and hard-hitting showcase of American contemporary art. With all of this and more, there’s never a reason to mope inside your Salt Lake City hotel.
Worldwide Local Tip: The Gilgal Sculpture Garden is a delightfully bizarre celebration of weirdness. It’s a visionary art environment designed to give physical form to its creator’s deep-felt beliefs. The most famous sculpture is a sphinx with the face of the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Joseph Smith.
Eateries and Restaurants in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City has had a pretty serious, under-the-radar, dining scene for a while now, but in recent times a renaissance of new restaurants, creative chefs, and young, passionate foodies has put it on the map. There’s an incredible variety of eateries, cuisines, and dining experiences to choose from. Choices include fresh seafood from the French-influenced Harbor, award-winning gourmet Indian food at Bombay House, and the contemporary American stylings of Forage.
Worldwide Local Tip: Fine dining is all very well, but Salt Lake City is truly famous for its secret ‘fry sauce’, burgers and fries. Hires Big H is known as being one of the best 25 burger restaurants in the US and is rightly celebrated for the ingenuity of its carefully guarded fry sauce recipe! For a different take, Bruges Waffles and Frites serves up...you guessed it, waffles and fries, alongside fry sauce with a European twist!
Get Outside and Enjoy the Salt Lake City Weather
One of the most exciting things about Salt Lake City is the surrounding landscapes, dominating the view wherever you look. The imposing and magnificent Wasatch Mountains are only 45 minutes from the center of town, and have sublime skiing and hiking, with exquisite powder and azure skies that go on for days. For fans of the slopes, Brighton, Solitude, Alta, and Snowbird are all excellent resorts in easy reach of the city.
Worldwide Local Tip: For a more luxurious experience, try the resort at Deer Valley. Lift tickets are restricted to maintain a secluded, peaceful atmosphere, and to preserve the optimal skiing conditions. The valley is a picture perfect place to unwind and get closer to nature.
Have an Amazing Time in Salt Lake City!
Salt Lake City’s combination of first-rate cultural hotspots, gourmet cuisine, and the great outdoors makes it a wonderful place to visit. As a worldwide local, you’ll be able to get under the skin of the city and make memories that will last a lifetime.