4 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Stay in Salt Lake City
There was a time when most people thought of Salt Lake City as a place to drive through on the way to the ski slopes right outside of town. That perception, however, is changing as more high-end shops and restaurants move into the downtown area. If you’re planning a trip to Salt Lake City, follow these tips to get the most out of your visit.
Stay in a Downtown Hotel
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With the newest influx of businesses, it’s never been easier to find an affordable hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. Staying in a hotel in the heart of the city offers many conveniences. You can easily walk to some of the area’s top attractions, including Temple Square, as well as have your pick of excellent shopping and dining. Plus, the city’s convenient public transportation system makes it easy to reach sites further away. Choose from buses, light rail trains, and commuter trains.
Try Out the New Restaurants
The restaurant business has boomed in Salt Lake City over the past few years. Since 2010, nearly 40 restaurants have opened or will open soon throughout the downtown area. This includes two popular places from local chef Ryan Lowder. His first restaurant, Copper Onion, was recently named the city’s best restaurant by Salt Lake Magazine. Here, you can enjoy American food with a Mediterranean flare. His second restaurant, Plum Alley, was recognized in Bon Appétit magazine as one of the Top 50 Best New Restaurants. It brings a unique American twist to many classic Asian dishes.
Go to the Best Shopping Centers
If you think the best way to work off a good meal is with some retail therapy, you have plenty of options in Salt Lake City. The growth of the downtown area is mainly attributed to the 23-acre shopping mall, City Creek Center. This gleaming center has over 100 stores, 22 restaurants, a Marriott hotel, residential complexes, and office buildings all in one space. When you go, make sure you check out popular stores like Apple, H&M, and Macy’s.
City Creek Center isn’t your only shopping option. The Gateway District is an open air retail complex that has over 105 stores and restaurants, including Lucky Brand Jeans, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and Tucanos Brazilian Grill. The complex is also large enough that it often holds outdoor concerts.
Learn Something New
To make your stay in downtown Salt Lake City complete, make sure you also check out a few of the great museums. The Leonardo, a technology, science, and art museum, is named after famous inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci. This museum encourages hands-on learning about the world around us. You can explore fascinating exhibits such as the history of sugar and the complexities of water.
If you’re planning a trip to Salt Lake City, make sure you read the rest of my guide on Hipmunk’s Hotels in Salt Lake City and share your own tips below.
Author Bio: Kristen McCalla is a writer and avid blogger who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband, cat, and dog. When she’s not writing on her blog, 31 Million Seconds, she enjoys traveling and exploring all over this beautiful country.