Salt Lake City
This is the beating heart of SLC, where historic architecture and historic sites frame a bustling shopping, restaurant and nightlife scene. Downtown is the place for art gallery hops and festivals, live music, chocolate tasting, Jazz games, and the downtown Farmers Market. See it all on TRAX or the GREENbike SLC bike-sharing program. Learn more at visitsaltlake.com
9th and 9th district
Just off downtown, tree-lined streets on SLC's famous grid system lead to hip neighborhoods like the 9th and 9th district, home to bustling espresso bars and bakeries like Coffee Garden and Tulie as well as a burgeoning food scene exemplified by Pago, famous for artfully crafted American cuisine showcasing locally-sourced ingredients. The district (in partnership with its close-by, sister neighborhood, the Maven District) is also brimming with 40-plus women-owned businesses that are helping to boost the local economy, as well as each other.
A quick trip on TRAX, SLC’s light rail system, takes you from city center past The Leonardo science museum to the University of Utah campus district, home to Red Butte Garden and Arboretum and the Natural History Museum of Utah. The campus area is also adjacent to multiple access points to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, a sprawling network of trails lacing the foothills behind the city with nearly 100 miles of hiking, running and biking trails, an after-work favorite for locals. Explore Salt Lake's backyard adventure hikes and Learn more at visitsaltlake.com
The Avenues and Capitol Hill
If you're in for an uphill drive through some of Salt Lake's oldest and most unique neighborhoods, drive through The Avenues and Capitol Hill, perhaps the quirkiest and artsiest neighborhoods in SLC. Capitol Hill offers an unforgettable high-elevation view of the entire Salt Lake metropolitan area from Ensign Peak. Learn more at visitsaltlake.com
Sugar House is the place for local shops with an eclectic fair. One of Salt Lake's oldest neighborhoods, the area features a diverse lineup of art galleries, bookstores and boutiques in its now-booming business district, which surrounds the beautiful Sugar House park. Learn more at visitsaltlake.com
For more information and things to do in SLC's neighborhoods, check out An Insider's Guide to Salt Lake City Neighborhoods.
The Living Room
Hike to gain a birds eye view of SLC from the Living Room Trail. Photo: Jay Dash
Real Salt Lake
Home of Utah's professional soccer team.
Salt Lake City's mountain access is as close as it looks.
Natural History Museum
Walk with dinosaurs in SLC.
Salt Lake City–Utah's Capitol
Winter's sunset in Salt Lake City. Photo: Jay Dash
Catch a show at one or many of Salt Lake's venues. Photo: Shay Read
Things to Do in Salt Lake City
The spiritual center for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Temple Square offers free walking tours of the Temple grounds available in forty languages. The area also provides access to one of the most extensive collections of genealogical records in the world and frequent performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Utah State Capitol
The 40-acre Utah State Capitol complex is a delightful place to stretch your legs and savor the views southward across the city to the rugged spine of the Wasatch Mountains. The Capitol is free and open to the public, with regular tours of the building’s striking interior.
City Creek Center
Satisfy your shopping fix with a stroll through City Creek Center and browse Apple, Anthropologie, Coach, Nordstrom and more. This is a one-of-a-kind mall with a retractable roof and a running creek stocked with local brown trout.
Natural History Museum of Utah
Dubbed the “Trailhead to Utah,” the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) features an expansive collection of dinosaur skeletons, interactive biology, geology and Native American cultural exhibits housed in one of the most architecturally distinctive buildings in the state.
Little Cottonwood Canyon and Big Cottonwood Canyon
Around 20 miles from Salt Lake City, Little Cottonwood and Big Cottonwood are home to four incredible Utah ski resorts. The Cottonwoods in summer are safe havens for incredible climbing, bouldering, hiking, trail running, cycling and mountain biking, both on and off the resorts. Both canyons are designated scenic byways.
Unlike most other metropolitan areas, lush and beautiful mountains and canyons (which include four world-class ski resorts for winter visitors) sit on the very borders of the city and offer hiking opportunities within minutes of its hustle and bustle. Find out where to hike in Salt Lake City.
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