Visiting Salt Lake City is a visual lesson in history with the city’s origins dating back as far as 1 to 1300 AD when the Pueblo, also known as Anasazi, made their home in southern Utah. The Navajo Indians and Ute Tribe followed thereafter. By 1847, the city was founded by Brigham Young and his Mormon pioneers. Within days of the pioneers’ arrival, plans were drawn and the area was officially named Great Salt Lake City. Today it is home to more than a million residents and a sought after outdoor recreation destination. Plan your visit today with the hottest eateries, accommodations, and activities to see and do in this metropolis.
WHERE TO EAT
Salt Lake City’s downtown area has many outstanding eateries offering quality and variety. Enjoy breakfast and a good sugar fix? Head to Bruges Waffles & Fries, authentic Belgium cuisine like delicious waffles with sugar pearls cooked in their dough and served hot and ready with delicious toppings like creme fraiche, Belgian chocolate sauce, berries, or vanilla bean ice cream.
More of a lunch fan? No worries. Their burgers, sandwiches, and hot dogs are savory too with frites (or fries) dipped in their aioli sauces. For the best Greek food, plan your meal time at Manilo’s, Mediterranean cuisine at its finest. with them. Indulge in fresh, modern interpretations of Greek cuisine with dishes like grilled lamb riblets with caper chimichurri, braised beets with horseradish skordalia and for dessert, try their Greek donuts with spiced honey syrup.
For dinner, the Himalayan Kitchen is the place to eat when visiting Salt Lake City. It’s been voted best restaurant for the best value right in the heart of downtown serving Nepali and Indian cuisine. Their made from scratch food always draws in big crowds and for good reason: it’s also been recognized for awards in local and state competitions.
WHERE TO STAY
Springhill Suites by Marriott is a 3-star downtown hotel minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport with a convenient 24-hour shuttle service available to/from the airport. Comfortable rooms offer pillow top bedding, a sofa bed, microwave, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, coffee and tea maker, desk, and complimentary wireless/wired Internet. The hotel also provides a complimentary reception, limo/town car service, free breakfast, and parking. To unwind, use the fully equipped fitness facilities for a workout and the indoor pool for a lovely dip.
Take advantage of great value with a stay at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel and enjoy all this 4-star hotel has to offer including its convenient location downtown. The non-smoking guest rooms are beautifully detailed with warm hues and accessories and feature a Sweet Sleeper bed. Watch your favorite programs on the flat-screen TV, connect quickly using the complimentary wireless Internet, stay up-to-date with free weekday newspapers, order a tasty dish from the 24-hour room service menu, and savor a sip of freshly brewed coffee or tea. An outdoor pool, fitness center, spa tub, and concierge services are at your disposal. Hotel amenities also include porter service, ATM, on-site shopping, laundry service, hair salon, lounge, free airport transportation, and is a pet-friendly property.
Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, a Kimpton Hotel, takes 4-star service to new heights. Built in 1924, experience an atmosphere where customer satisfaction, charm, and subtle elegance, reign. Guest rooms and suites are richly decorated and furnished with modern pieces and accessories. Sleep time is a dream come true with pillow top bedding adorned with a plush down comforter and Italian Frette linens. For a surcharge, the hotel offers babysitting and childcare service, valet parking, and wireless Internet. Guests have access to the 24-hour fitness center, on-site restaurant, lounge, 24-hour room service, and ski storage. For your convenience, the hotel features an elevator, free newspapers, concierge services, coffee and tea in the common areas, and spa services. Salt Lake City International Airport is approximately five miles from the hotel.
WHAT TO DO
Wherever you plan to travel and explore in Salt Lake City, chances are, you’ll find something to grab your interest. It’s show time at the Capitol Theater while an assortment of flowers is a bloom at the Red Butte Garden and Arboretum. Get inspired at the Utah Museum of Fine Art and Utah Museum of Natural History, take a peek at underwater inhabitants at The Living Planet Aquarium, check out the wildlife at Hogle Zoo, or go star-gazing at Clark Planetarium. Enjoy outdoors with a stroll through Sugar House Park, This is the Place Heritage Park, or Gilgal Sculpture Park. If entertainment is on the agenda, there’s usually something scheduled at the Wells Fargo Center, Vivint Smart Home Arena, or Maverik Center.
Year-round activities and a wide choice in hotel accommodations make Salt Lake City a destination to consider for business or pleasure. With moderately comfortable temperatures the majority of the year, and many indoor and outdoor activities from skiing and hiking to gardens and museums, the city holds many adventures for all ages.
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