A family-friendly neighborhood with a rapidly growing hi-tech community, Draper is warm and welcoming with down-to-earth dining and lodging options. Also appealing are its 90 miles of hiking and biking trails and a natural climbing wall that can be accessed most of the year.
Where to Eat & Drink
Known for its incredible 180-degree views of the Salt Lake Valley, Cliff House Dining Pub (cliffdiningpub.com) hits all the right notes with its selection of sushi, artisanal beers and craft cocktails. An inexpensive option is the Mexican food and fresh salsa at Donkey Tails Cantina (guadalahonkys.com). Despite its name, Pirate O’s (pirate-os.com) isn’t a specialty store selling eye patches and parrots. It’s an importer of fine and artisanal foods. If you want a stick-to- your-ribs breakfast, try Penny Ann’s Cafe’s legendary flap jacks.
Where to Play
Draper offers a smorgasbord of options to keep the little ones entertained. The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is home to thousands of undersea creatures.
Boondocks is the place for mini golf, bumper boats, go-karts, batting cages and a driving range. The real treat here is more than 90 miles of cycling, hiking, and equestrian trails. Some iconic destinations include Corner Canyon and Bell Canyon. When conditions are right at the Point of the Mountain you can try hang gliding or paragliding. Give the kids some airtime at Airborne Trampoline Arena (www. airbornesports.com).
Where to Shop
Cactus & Tropicals has an incredible assortment of heirloom succulents, as well as exotic and traditional plants for home and garden.
Camping World has all the RV supplies, accessories, and parts to keep you going on your Mighty 5 (Utah’s five national parks) adventure. Get lost in the Swedish wonderland of home goods at IKEA (ikea.com) or find an assortment of shops at Bangerter Crossing, including local top-shelf grocer Harmon’s (harmonsgrocery.com).
What the Locals Know
The climbing crag known as Red Rock (wasatchmountainclub.org) was established by a dentist, hence routes named “Dry Socket” and “Bad Case of Gingivitis.”