Known for its many ski resorts, Salt Lake City is the perfect location for a snowy escape. But, with an exciting nightlife scene, access to fabulous antique finds and breathtaking pieces at Utah Museum of Fine Arts, you'll find it's a superb place to visit at any time.
Salt Lake City, Utah is a top Winter destination due to the many ski resorts within a short drive from the downtown area. However, there are many other activities and attractions in the Salt Lake area at all times of the year that are sure to please anyone. Salt Lake offers fine art museums, genealogy libraries, and unique architecture that is sure to stir conversation. Several restaurants are well known amongst the locals that will please any palate. There is also plenty of shopping in Salt Lake ranging from the old (antiques) to the new (outdoor shopping malls). Salt Lake City also features a vibrant nightlife scene, but you'll have to navigate the cities' quirky liquor laws if you want to drink. After a long day touring the town, enjoy a relaxing stay at one of our Salt Lake City hotels. Salt Lake City is more than snow, and if you read below, you'll be in the know.
The Salt Lake City area is home to many fine museums, libraries, and architecture. We've highlighted some of more popular attractions, but make sure to keep a look out for what else Salt Lake city has to offer.
Temple Square - Attracts between 3-5 million people a year making it Utah's most popular attraction. Contained within Temple Square are the Salt Lake Tabernacle, Salt Lake Assembly Hall, the Seagull Monument, Salt Lake Temple, and two visitor's centers.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts - Housing an artwork collection gives a overview of world civilizations. The different cultures represented include African, Oceanic and the New World, Asian, European, American, and the Ancient and Classical World.
Liberty Park - This city park features trails for walking and jogging as well as tennis courts. Liberty Park is also home to a small lake with ducks and paddleboat rentals. Children will enjoy the playground, children's garden and amusement park. Dogs are also welcome.
Family History Library - contains what is perhaps the world's largest collection of genealogical records in one location. Made up of a number of records from around the United States, fairly comprehensive data from Scotland and England, and information from many other countries. Most of the records are from governments, various churches and other organizations, and individuals.
This is the Place Heritage Park - Recreates what life was like during Pioneer life between 1847 and 1869. Visitors can expect to see adobe houses, schools, shops, and churches from that era.
The Salt Lake City area is known the world over as a snow lover's dream. Over 10 ski resorts are in the area and seven of them are within an hour of the Salt Lake City International Airport. Below are some of the recommended locations to ski in Salt Lake.
Snowbird Ski Resort - Only 24 miles from downtown Salt Lake City and currently offers 11 ski lifts, an aerial tram, and a 600-foot tunnel enclosing a one-way conveyor lift allowing easier access for beginners and intermediates to new terrain. The tunnel, the first of its kind in North America, also allows for skier transport when winds require the closing of the aerial tram.
Alta Ski Resort - located just East of Salt Lake City, and features 116 ski trails, served by 12 lifts. Alta is a skier's mountain with no snowboarding allowed.
Brighton Ski Resort - located in Big Cottonwood Canyon just outside of Salt Lake. Brighton offers 66 trails and 7 lifts. One of the oldest ski resorts in Salt Lake. Snowboarders are welcome.
Solitude Mountain Resort- also located in Big Cottonwood Canyon in the Wasatch Mountains. Solitude Mountain Resort is a family-oriented mountain, with a wider range of beginner and intermediate slopes than other Utah ski resorts.
Salt Lake City features a variety of cuisine from all over the world. Ranging anywhere from Latin to Japanese and everything in between. Here are a few recommended restaurant locations.
Red Iguana - A favorite among the locals, the Red Iguana specializes in mole (a spicy sauce that often contains chocolate). Those who love their food spicy will enjoy what the Red Iguana has to offer.
Red Rock Brewing Company - This lively brew pub is a great choice for a lunch or dinner served with a local brew. Offerings include wood fired pizza, sandwiches, salads, and much more.
The New Yorker - One of Utah's finest restaurants serving steaks, crab cakes, rack of lamb and other sophisticated offerings. A membership is required, but it can be purchased for $5 and is well worth it. The New Yorker is also one of the few restaurants where you can order a drink without purchasing any food.
Takashi - Sushi in Salt Lake? Takashi serves mouth watering sushi and other Japanese fare. Be prepared to wait, as Takashi is extremely popular with visitors and locals. Many recommend the uni nigiri (sea-urchin sushi).
Blue Plate Diner - Craving a nice breakfast? Look no further than the Blue Plate Diner. Serving unique takes on breakfast such as Huevos rancheros Lobiani which substitutes a huge biscuit for tortillas. Popular items include omelettes and the Blue Benedict.
If you are looking to spend a night out on the town in Salt Lake City, you should definitely check out these recommended night spots.
Zanzibar - Located in downtown Salt Lake City and features live Jazz and Blues music 6 nights a week.
The Tavernacle - a dueling piano bar located in downtown Salt Lake City area. Customers are encouraged to participate by requesting songs and singing along.
Duffy's Tavern - One of Salt Lake's oldest bars. Inexpensive drinks are the norm at this downtown watering hole.
Habits - Upscale dinner and dance club that provides an unusual mix of rap, country and '80s.
Once all the sight-seeing, skiing, and night life excursions are through, be sure to save some time for shopping. There are several great places for shopping in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.
The Gateway - Unique open-air facility featuring a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The Gateway has over 100 shops/restaurants. Housed within the grounds is a 1908 Union Pacific Depot featuring early French Renaissance architecture and original artwork.
Downtown Salt Lake's Antique District - Over 20 antique shops selling a variety of items are located on Broadway between 200 East and 400 East. Everything from Oriental rugs to jewelry and retro kitsch is available in this distinctive block of stores.
Sam Weller's Zion Bookstore - Open since 1929, Sam Weller's is one of the nation's largest bookstores. Featuring over 1 million volumes with all subjects-new, used, and rare.
Salt Lake City, Utah is a beautiful and historic city that features attractions that are both historically significant and entertaining. The Salt Lake City area features great shopping, wonderful dining, and exciting night spots that will please any traveler.
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