University / Foothill
A beautiful neighborhood crowned by large trees and his- toric homes, the area around the University of Utah (go Utes!) and Foothill Drive provides beautiful nighttime views of the city, gardens and quick access to the Wasatch Mountains.
EAT & DRINK
More than 30,000 students make the University area one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, and there’s no shortage of solid eats here. For the college experience, go underground to U staple The Pie Pizzeria. Aristo’s is the spot for upscale Greek dishes, and Red Butte Café is perfect for its’ lunchtime sandwiches. Taqueria 27 offers an extensive tequila menu for an evening margarita break. Iconic brunch spot Ruth’s Diner offers a good excuse for a drive as it sits about a mile up scenic Emigration Canyon.
On gamedays, Rice-Eccles Stadium becomes a sea of red as Utah Utes fans cheer on their favorite Pac-12 team. Not far away are more than 100 miles of maintained mountain ways to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, a mixed-use trail for bikers, runners and dog walkers. One of the coolest city hikes is to The Living Room, which gets its name from the many hand-fashioned boulder couches and chairs perfect for enjoying the city view. Another favorite (and shorter) hike is to the hilltop “U” (accessed off Virginia Street, about 1400 East).
Visit the University of Utah, home of the Utes, the state’s flagship institution with 32,000 students. Explore 5,000 years of human history and creativity through the region’s most dynamic collection of art at The Utah Museum of Fine Arts on campus. Walk through Red Butte Garden and Arboretum with its’ displays of native plants and flowers in a unique desert ecosystem. Go next door and take stimulating walk-through of Utah's rich cultural and natural history at The Natural History Museum of Utah. Then catch some culture by taking in a play at Pioneer Theatre or a musical performance at Kingsbury Hall. Family fun can be found at Hogle Zoo and This is the Place Heritage Park that brings to life pioneer and American-Indian history.
WHAT THE LOCALS KNOW
Baby Tuah, a teen-aged orangutan raised by the animal keepers at Hogle Zoo, predicts Super Bowl winners.