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Derek Kind

Photo by Derek Kind

Utah’s high-elevation capital sits at the foot of the rugged Wasatch Mountains and extends to the shore of the Great Salt Lake, luring those with wilderness in their soul. The city’s proximity to the great outdoors gives it a striking landscape, but its growth as a cultural center is appealing to more than just hikers and skiers. Restaurants and bars that serve a world of tastes; museums and attractions that entertain children and adults alike and nearby Park City’s seemingly endless opportunities for recreation and living well all combine to please travelers with different agendas.



Where to Stay: The Cliff Lodge, Snowbird
Snowbird’s Cliff Lodge is perched in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and rooms either look out onto the mountain or canyon. Be sure to spend some time at the Cliff Spa, where the rooftop pool and hot tub have panoramic views.

Morning: Bonneville Golf Course
Just five minutes from downtown, this golf course’s lush fairways and tall trees make it a pleasure to play. Built in the foothills of the city’s East Bench, the course is renowned for its challenging greens, contours and slopes.

Lunch: Squatters
This spot is a haven for fans of handcrafted beer—and it’s known for its support of the local community. The menu features favorites such as bacon-topped meatloaf and stout BBQ chicken pizza.

Afternoon: Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Get in some hiking or biking on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, a mixed-use trail that follows the shoreline of ancient Lake Bonneville. The segment from City Creek to Parley’s Canyon runs about 13.5 miles—long enough for an all-afternoon excursion.

Dinner: Café Trio, Cottonwood
After a day spent in the great outdoors, wind down in this casual neighborhood gathering spot known for its contemporary Italian cuisine. Sample small plates or hearty pasta dishes matched with a glass of wine or a classic cocktail.



Where to stay: Hotel Monaco
This downtown Kimpton hotel has a stylish vibe, with a daily wine hour where you can relax to plan your evening while sipping quality wine from socially responsible wineries.

Morning: Downtown Farmers Market
Salt Lake City’s farmers market is the best place to get fresh produce and discover new tastes—from coffee and kombucha to produce and pasta. November through April, the market moves indoors from Pioneer Park to the Rio Grande Depot.

Lunch: Current Fish & Oyster
Taste the best fresh seafood dishes from regional America with a focus on sustainability. Even the cocktail menu has a nautical slant, so you can pair your Dark ‘N Stormy with fish tacos and grilled West Coast oysters.

Evening: Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli
Tastings and cooking classes at this market cover sweet and savory dishes as well as wine and spirits. Leave with some delicious cheeses or chocolates to bring back home—or to enjoy back in your hotel room.

Dinner: Finca
This Spanish tapas restaurant offers a variety of flavors—from Brussels sprouts with bacon to braised pork shoulder stuffed in piquillo peppers.


Natural History Museum of Utah photo by Tom Smart.        

Where to stay: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
The entire family will be happy at this downtown hotel, where a freshly baked cookie is offered on arrival and you can walk or take public transportation nearly everywhere.

Morning: Natural History Museum of Utah
Get an introduction to the science of Utah’s landscape by studying the state’s paleontology discoveries and preserved artifacts from its prehistoric peoples.

Lunch: Lion House Pantry
Home-style fare is on the menu at this restaurant in Brigham Young’s former home at Temple Square. Check out the Visit Salt Lake Connect Pass for discounts to this spot and other attractions.

Afternoon: The Leonardo
This fascinating museum explores the connections between art, science and technology—and you may find that neither you nor your kids wants to leave when the day is over.

Dinner: Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana
Napoli-style pizza is the highlight of the menu here. But don’t fill up completely; you’ll find a perfectly matched dessert at Capo Gelateria Italiana right next door.


The Grand America Hotel.        

Where to stay: The Grand America Hotel
This massive 24-story building is a downtown landmark, but the real opulence lies inside, with its Italian marble and handcrafted Richelieu furniture. The location is within walking distance of many of the city’s best restaurants and cultural highlights.

Morning: Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Exhibits here showcase works by local, national and international artists, including recent features of Ben Gaulon’s repurposed electronic devices, Tyrone Davies’ video mashups and Firelei Báez’s large-scale paintings.

Lunch: Bambara
Enjoy brunch (or lunch) at this restaurant, where the New American fare includes a croque madame with ham, gruyere, a fried egg and herbed frites or tacos with crispy Utah trout and cilantro slaw.

Evening: Capitol Theatre
A landmark since 1913, this downtown theater is home to Broadway Across America-Utah as well as performances by Ballet West, Utah Opera and Children’s Dance Theatre.

Dinner: Rye
This spot features locally sourced ingredients in its American/Asian fusion dishes—and it’s open until midnight on the weekends for a posttheater bite.


High West Distillery.        

Where to stay: Main & SKY
This boutique hotel in the heart of Park City blends the intimacy of a private home with the sophistication of a five-star luxury hotel. Wander out the door of your home base to historic Main Street.

Morning: Sunrise hot air balloon ride
You won’t mind the early hour when you see Park City from 3,000 feet in the air. After you get the best views from the balloon, celebrate with a glass of nonalcoholic sparkling wine or orange juice.

Lunch: Good Karma
Get a different take on mountain cuisine with the Morgan Valley lamb curry or any of the Indo-Persian dishes at this locals’ favorite. Chef Houman Gohary warms up the place with his personality.

Afternoon: High West Distillery at Blue Sky Ranch
Get a class in Whiskey 101 at High West Distillery’s new 30,000-square-foot whiskey distillery and visitor center at Blue Sky Ranch. Take a tour as well as a few tastes.

Dinner: Tupelo
At Tupelo, the globally inspired menu includes pan-roasted elk, Maine crab fritters and housemade ricotta cheese.

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