By Terri Marshall, TravelSquire.com -- We recently announced our Top 28 destinations for 2020 zeroing in on unique destinations with intriguing sites and experiences. Our list breaks down into four categories, both domestic and international, with the complete list here.
This week we’re sharing Urban Destinations. Each of these cities has something unique to offer—and some may not be on your radar … yet! Here’s why they made our list.
Salt Lake City
Landing at Salt Lake City International airport puts you within an hour’s drive to ten ski resorts. But that’s not all. Situated between the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains, downtown Salt Lake City brings an intrigue all its own. Most widely known as the epicenter of the Mormon church, the Temple remains the city’s most visited site. Dominating the cityscape with six granite spires crowning its top and artistic symbolism in carved statues, hand-painted murals, and ornamental stones laced throughout, the Temple is worth a look no matter your religious (or non-religious) leanings.
As the home of the Mormon church, Utah’s relationship with alcohol through the years has been complicated. But famously strict liquor laws have loosened up and things are changing. With brewpubs, whiskey bars and even speakeasies in the mix, the Salt Lake City’s downtown drinking and dining scene is overhauling the dynamics of the city.
One of the most intriguing, Bodega & The Rest brings two distinct experiences to the table. Upstairs, the cozy shop-like Bodega focuses on beer and tacos. But downstairs you’ll find the rest of the story. The Rest—a speakeasy entered with a key via an unmarked door—serves Prohibition-era cocktails along with an eclectic menu.
Crafting award-wining beers since 1989, Squatters Pub Brewery also offers a tasty menu. Wash down your meatloaf with a Polygamy Porter! Keeping alive the spirit of the once illicit Whiskey Street (now Main Street), Whiskey Street Cocktails & Dining brings locals and visitors together at its 72-foot-long cherry wood bar. With a collection of more than 2,200 spirits, 400 of which are whiskeys, that chill from the snowy slopes will be gone in no time. www.visitsaltlake.com
To read the entire TravelSquire article and see the entire list of urban cities to visit in 2020, go here.