Salt Lake City was a highlight of our cross country road trip last summer. SLC is a clean, friendly, and kind city, with terrific eateries, coffee shops, and a slew of outdoor of activities within a short drive.
What to do:
Hike Ensign Peak
A short and easy hike (less than a mile) with amazing views overlooking SLC, we were served up two amazing sunsets from the top. An SLC must.
Great Salt Lake/ Salt Flats
The Great Salt Lake was quite an interesting stop. Not quite at lake like as I imagined, it is indeed salty, and has more flies than I had ever seen in my entire life. I took my sandal off and watched hundreds of the little gnats devour it. Despite all of this, worth seeing at least for a moment… (maybe don’t walk a hundred yards or more out into it like Hannah and I did!). Tip : one can park in the gift store parking lot and avoid paying the $15 a vehicle admission to “Salt Lake.”
We also took a brief detour to check out the Salt Flats (Hannah pictured standing in the middle of nowhere.)
Downtown SLC/ Mormon Temple
The cleanest downtown we've truly ever been to...we are not Mormon, but the Mormon culture of kindness definitely exudes throughout the city. The temple was a cool sight to see, and beautifully constructed, surrounded by beautiful landscaping. We've heard that the temple is decked out in lights in December - we would love to venture to SLC during Christmas time!
Downtown Park City
An accessible, mountain town about 30 min from SLC, Park City is quaint, and has a myriad of cool shops, restaurants, and views. We wish we had been able to spend more than one afternoon here in P.C. We will definitely be coming back!
WHERE TO EAT :
The best club sandwich I’ve ever had by a LONG shot. This restaurant is known for it’s delicious baked goods (which I can also vouch for), but our lunch here was terrific… a true 10/10. Great atmosphere, and central location, Gourmandise is an SLC must.
Vessel Kitchen (Park City, UT)
A health-conscious eatery that doesn’t disappoint! The founder of Whole 30 goes to this restaurant occasionally (or so I am told) which is a testament to its health-conscious and customer focused mission. Incredible menu, and great offerings.
Rubio's, Cafe Rio, In-N-Out
We are very much into saving money by checking out regional or local chains. On this trip we ate at Rubios, Cafe Rio, and In N Out. Most are primarily in the southwest, and are terrific and inexpensive. Hannah adores Rubio’s for their shrimp and seafood salads. While neither restaurant has much atmosphere, the food is worth the stop. And of course In-n-Out Burger, where we must get fries. Multiple times. Typically late at night.
WHERE TO CAFFINATE :
Publik Coffee Roasters
In a cool, up and coming neighborhood, with walkability in SLC, Publik has multiple SLC locations and serves up great coffee is a comfortable indoor and outdoor environment.
Pink Elephant Coffee Roasters
A blink and you’ll miss it coffee shop, Pink Elephant is downtown Park City, above the store Prospect… however, try your darndest not to miss it. Small, quaint and cute, Hannah had her second cup of the day at this joint and loved it.
We literally can't wait to back and spend more time in SLC/Park City....that's the beautiful element of the elongated road trips we've taken. Some have asked why we travel that way, as it's such a short time in each location. While that's true, you can get a great taste for a city in two or so days, and can decide which places warrant going back to and which do not. SLC most definitely warrants more time and another trip.