Airport / Fairgrounds
This is the first neighborhood many visitors will experience upon arrival in the home of the Greatest Snow on Earth. It boasts the highest concentration of hotels, making it a great place to find a good deal, and it’s a great jumping-o point for exploring the heart of the city and the Great Salt Lake.
Chunga’s (chungasmexican.com) dishes up inexpensive Mexican fare with Cancun air—try the pineapple salsa and the fruit milkshakes.
The orientation of this neighborhood means the parks have spectacular views of the city against the Wasatch Mountains. Visit Rosewood Park, Westpointe Park, Riverside Park and Steenblik Park, which is worth a stop for the giant cat sculptures—information at (slccity.com). The Albert Fisher Mansion and Carriage House (1206 W. 200 South), more than a century old, was built by a Salt Lake beer baron. In the fall, the big to-do in the ‘hood is the annual Utah State Fair (utahstatefair.com).
For more than 30 years, SkiTrucks (skitrucks.com) has put people “on the slopes for less!” In winter, the shop sells closeout ski packages. In summer, outdoor clothing and equipment.
WHAT THE LOCALS KNOW
The neighborhood is home to Salt Lake City’s “Radio Free Utah,” KRCL 90.9, a progressive voice that plays indie and heritage rock you won’t find on corporate airwaves. Tune in.