Latest Visit: May 2019

Tips:

  • Salt Lake City airport is very easy to get in and out of and a short uber ride from downtown.
  • This city has the most beautiful backdrop I’ve ever seen. Especially In March/April when the grass is green in the city and close mountains but the higher mountains are still covered in snow!
  • If you love nature, Salt Lake City is made for you! Only a few footsteps from downtown, or a short bike ride (uphill probably), or car ride you’ll have access to multiple trails that will lead you right into nature.
    • I’ve only had the chance to check out the Bonneville Shoreline Trail from the City Creek Canyon Trailhead. I took the western trail and It was a wonderful walk. A narrow little dirt path that led me right into a valley. There were many runners, mountain bikers and walkers. The paved road was just below me if you have a stroller or want something more paved. I could hear the creek the whole hike up and back down. I walked for about 45 minutes before I had to turn back to get to my car before sunset. I could have kept going for hours. This hike boasts great views of the city, snow top mountains and green & flowery valley. The drive up was nice, as I stopped along the way to check out the view of the state capitol. Bonneville Blvd (the road that will bring you to the trail) turns into a one way street (loop) with the left lane dedicated for bikers, runners and walkers.
    • Other hikes I want to check out: Ensign Park trailhead, Meditation chappel & city creek canyon walk, Bonneville shoreline trail from Federal Heights neighboorhood, Emigration Canyon and the Living room.
    • There are also a ton of trails a little further out and into the mountains!
  • Ubers, bikes, walking and rentable scooters can get you around this city easily.
  • The State Capitol building is worth the stop. It has nice gardens around it and offers a stunning view of the city. The City hall is also a beautiful building.
  • Temple Square: Temple Square is among Salt Lake City’s top attractions. It is the global headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (popularly known as Mormons). The 35-acre area contains more than 15 attractions related to Mormon heritage and beliefs. It brings together rich history, gorgeous gardens and architecture, and vivid art and culture in the center of downtown. (from visitutah.com)
  • I stayed at the Marriott downtown Salt Lake City and it’s nice. The Bellman is very friendly, the rooms were recently updated, the gym is quite big and gives a 180 view of the city, the indoor pool is also big and clean. The staff in the concierge lounge is also nice and the food was fresh. If it’s a nice sunny day, you’ll enjoy sitting in the courtyard right behind the Marriott.
  • If you’re looking for a good dairy-free ice cream shop or a dairy free (nut milk options) coffee, check out Monkeywrench which is just a few steps from the Marriott. Other options on this same bloc include Pulp Lifestyle Kitchen (healthy meals & juices), Good Grammar speakeasy bar and From Scratch for more of an American-style menu. Campos, Three Pines Coffee and Eva’s Bakery are not too far and still on my list of places to check out for pastries & cappuccinos!
  • Trolley Square is a cute mall area with a Corepower yoga, Whole Foods, Lole, a cute restaurant with a suspended patio, and many more shops and looks like there will soon be a boxing gym.
  • Recommended restaurants: Current fish and oyster and Twisted Fern. The Main street apparently also has a lot of nice options.
  • Right around the corner is Park City if you’re into snowboarding and visiting in season.
  • Still on my list for next time: check out Bonneville salt flats and the Great Salt Lake!

Impressions:

This city is beautiful. It’s all about nature. You can tell from the shops you’ll find, the way people dress, and all the accessible hikes/walks! I’ve enjoyed every second I’ve spent here and I feel very lucky to have been able to spend more than one hour or two on the ground. Prior to this project, I’d only picked up or dropped off passengers at this airport without seeing more than just the runway and the mountains from a distance.

I was so disappointed we missed snowboarding season in Park City, which is a 45-minute drive from Salt Lake city. I was told it’s an amazing ski destination. (more on this in a post about Park city).

After my trip to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Moab, Dead point state park, Capitol reef national park, the Canyonlands, and now Salt Lake city I feel like I’ve seen most of Utah and I can promise you this state has a lot to offer if you love the outdoors. I’ve loved every second of my adventures in this state and recommend a road trip out here! I’m still missing Grand Staircase- Escalante National Monument, Natural Bridges National park, and Monument Valley for me to have seen all the main attractions of this state. I can confidently say that apart from the ocean and beaches, Utah state isn’t missing anything and has so much to offer. It’s now become my second favorite state after California.

Related posts: Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Arches, MoabCapitol Reef national park, the Canyonlands & Dead horse state park

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