Rising up from the Salt Lake valley, the vertical peaks of the Rocky Mountains are more than just a pretty backdrop. Salt Lake's close mountains include hundreds of miles of bisecting hiking paths. Twenty minutes from the city center, hikers can be deep in the Rocky Mountains on trails that run by streams, mountain lakes, Aspen groves, and
Posts from May 2007
Name it and you can find it here. That’s what shoppers are discovering as they explore Salt Lake’s many shopping districts, from the city center to some wonderfully quirky neighborhoods. The City Center is the heart of Salt Lake’s shopping experience, offering a combination of familiar stores and eclectic shops, from Sam Weller’s Zion Bookstore,
Summer is an ideal time to make the most of Salt Lake’s nearby canyons. Steep and deep, dotted with glacial snow fields, pristine lakes, rushing waterfalls and carpets of wildflowers, Big and Little Cottonwood canyons are both spectacular. Throw in the scenic lift rides, festivals, sports events, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, dining and
Just minutes from downtown Salt Lake, above the city’s historic Avenues district, you can see them: spandex-clad, helmeted bikers leaving the work day behind and hitting the trail. Up here, on the Bonneville Shoreline, there’s one called the “Bobsled” – named for its steep banks and a fast single track.
Salt Lake-based climbers know they are incredibly lucky to live in the midst of the Rockies, but their secret is getting out as the sport gains momentum and word travels. The buzz is all about how the mountains surrounding the city provide unbelievably easy access from a metropolitan center to world-class climbs. Each nearby destination, with its
Salt Lake’s dining scene is more alive and varied than ever. The past year has seen an influx of new restaurants—from a terrific Thai find in a strip mall to an intimate bistro in a garden cottage near the mouth of the Cottonwood Canyons. Add these new finds to some classic and out-of-the way favorites, and the choices abound. Here, in alphabetical
“Beneath its squeaky-clean Mormon veneer lies a high desert Eden of offbeat charm, endless slopes and surprisingly open-minded locals.” Darren Frei, The Out Traveler , September/October. From the much-lauded “Queer Lounge” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to the city’s wildly popular Gay Pride Festival (which drew 15,000 attendees in 2005),
MICRO BREWERIES Red Rock Brewing Company – 254 South 200 West 521-7446 Squatters – 300 South 174 West 363-2739 Desert Edge Brewery at the Pub – 273 Trolley Square 521-8917 SPORTS BARS/ POOL Port O’ Call Social Club – 400 South West Temple 521-0589, www.portocall.com Lumpys Downtown – 145 West Pierpont Avenue 938-3070, www.lumpysbar.com Mo’s
To further entice would-be vacationers, the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau is including two complimentary 3-day Visit Salt Lake Connect Passes, an easy-to-use inclusive pass allowing visitors to experience 12 of Salt Lake’s top tourist attractions, with each vacation booking of least three nights or more at participating hotel properties.
Salt Lake may have a buttoned-down image, but when visitors experience the local nightlife, that impression melts away with the first sip of an award-winning local brew, a freshly shaken martini, or a night in a dance club with a sound system to rival New York's finest. With watering holes of every size and style, the city's nightlife sparkles with