1. There’s a thriving beer scene.
Overview: This city has literally exploded with microbreweries in the last 10 years. Even at the same brewery, alcohol content can range from 4-13 percent, depending on the beer. Be sure to get the new Salt Lake Brewery Tour Pass, a new program that covers 12 breweries and includes a $5 voucher that you can use at each brewery. Depending on the brewery, that voucher can be used on beer, food and/or merchandise.
The one-day pass can be used within 24 hours of first use, the three-day pass can be used within 72 hours of your first use of it. And the 90-day pass is good for 90 consecutive days after your first use. Each brewery offers tasting options that can make for a fun day or afternoon.
Tip: For the eco-conscious, head to Uinta Brewing Company’s Brewhouse Pub, which brews its beer solely on wind and solar power. Take the organized tour to learn how grain transforms into liquid paradise.
2. Foodies feel at home.
Overview: Whatever you’re in the mood for, Salt Lake has it. This city’s food scene has taken off and even Hollywood star Ty Burrell, an Emmy-award-winning actor who plays the awkward father on ABC’s Modern Family, is on the scene.
Tip: Head to Beer Bar owned by Burrell. Chef Viet Pham, who was one of Food & Wine magazine’s best chefs of 2011, cooks up house-made bratwursts and Belgian-style fries. For an artisan cocktail, head next door to Bar-X, also owned by Burrell. Opt for a garlic cheeseburger at The Cotton Bottom, also co-owned by Burrell. Or savor carnitas at Rio Grande Cafe and elegant dining at Arlo’s near Temple Square. Don’t miss the lively scene at Hallpass at the Gateway, Utah’s first food hall.
3. Yes, the outdoors are just as world-class as they appear in photos.
Overview: With 60 national and state parks within a few hours away, Salt Lake is literally ringed by skiing, hiking and biking trails.
Tip: Head to Snowbird to ride the aerial tram up 2,900 feet to Hidden Peak or drive to the Utah Olympic Park to ride on a bobsled, go on an alpine slide or zipline at this family-oriented park.
4. You can see world-class acts.
Overview: Salt Lake is one of the few cities in the nation with a professional symphony, orchestra and ballet. Two great places to catch a show are Eccles Theater and the historic Capitol Theatre.
Tip: Visit the stunning Eccles Theater, built in 2016, that hosts Broadway shows like Hamilton, along with concerts. Designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, Eccles features a six-story grand lobby and a 2,500-seat theater.
Don't miss the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah to see its extensive permanent collections, plus temporary exhibits.
5. Shop until you drop
Overview: Across from Temple Square is City Creek Center, an upscale, open-air shopping venue with more than 100 stores, plus a food court and restaurants.
TIP: Look for the fully retractable glass roof opens and closes and the human-made creek that runs through the center. A fish pond is stocked with local trout.
6. Seeing the city’s attractions is affordable.
Overview: Buy a Visit Salt Lake Connect Pass at www.visitsaltlake.com/things-to-do/connect-pass that offers 50-80 percent off regular admission fees to attractions covered by the pass.
Tip: Make sure your smart phone is charged, so you can use your phone to present your electronic pass at the area’s attractions.
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