What to do In Salt Lake City, UT

Our first stop in Utah was Salt Lake City.

After sharing this was an exciting destination for us, we were told so many times, “there is nothing to do in Salt Lake City”. Utah in general is known for having strange liquor laws and is known for being a rather conservative state. We get it, the Mormon church pretty much runs the entire state (and by pretty much, I mean they do). Here’s the thing, times are changing. A once conservative city that was seen as boring with nothing to do now has a lot to offer. Great food, good beer, awesome hikes and activities nearby. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in this city, and are happy to prove how wrong people’s misconceptions are. Take a look at all of the fun we had in Salt Lake in our video below!

What to Eat in Salt Lake City

We think one of the best ways to get to know a city is through their food. We ended up finding a great food blog from a local where we found recommendations on the best restaurants in Salt Lake City. This list definitely didn’t disappoint! Most of the places we went to were directly from that blog.

REd Iguana

This restaurant was recommended to us by at least a dozen locals. It’s a beloved institution serving up delicious moles and Mexican food. While it’s not the most authentic Mexican food we’ve ever had, it was delicious Tex-Mex. To add, their moles are incredible. Even if you don’t get a mole dish, make sure to ask for a sample of their moles to start! This was a great way to start our dining adventure in Salt Lake.

Spitz
We grabbed some lunch at Spitz in downtown after working up quiet an appetite from riding our Bird and Lime Electric scooters around town. They serve mediterranean street food, like loaded sweet potato fries, falafel or gyro wraps or bowls. Definitely not authentic, but totally inventive and delicious.
Takashi

Who doesn’t love a good bite of sushi. We definitely do! Takashi is a newer restaurant and is one of the top places to eat in Salt Lake City currently. We had to wait nearly an hour to get a table at this delicious restaurant. Everything we had was super fresh, bright, and delightful. If you are stuck waiting, don’t miss out on the great bar and restaurant next door, Post Office Place which is owned by the same people as Takashi.

Things to do in Salt Lake City

Whether your on a budget, or ready to go ham, there is a lot to do in Salt Lake City.

Visit Temple Square 

Temple Square is home of the Mormon Church. It’s a beautiful church regardless if you are mormon or not, and attracts a ton of visitors and mormons from all over the world to appreciate it’s beauty. We enjoyed walking around looking at their beautiful grounds. As a heads up you won’t be allowed in the church but there is a museum in the square that is supposed to be beautiful.

Go for a hike 

There is no shortage of great hikes in Salt Lake City. Within a 15 – 20 minute drive there must have been 20 – 30 hiking options. We suggest using an app like All Trails to help you find the best hike for you. We ended up doing the “Living Room” which was a moderate hike that was around 2.2 miles roundtrip and just over 1,000 ft elevation gain. It was challenging but doable. The view at the top was super rewarding. We enjoyed resting in on the of the “couches” and taking in the view.

Soak or do yoga in homestead crater 

Homestead Crater is a natural hot spring inside of a crater. It’s water stays around 96 degrees year round and is the deepest hot spring that allows scuba diving in the nation. You can scuba dive, take a paddle board yoga class, or simply soak in the warm natural mineral water. It’s located in Heber City about an hour away from Salt Lake City and reservations are required. We suggest calling ahead and making sure there are times available because this really is such a cool experience!

Take a scenic drive through a canyon
Salt Lake City is surrounded by beautiful canyons. The friends we met at our night our in the city, Gayla and Cliff, suggested we go to Millcreek Canyon. This canyon is one of the more beautiful ones because it isn’t public. There is a small $3 fee per vehicle but has lovely picnic areas and hikes at random spots throughout the drive. We went just as the leaves were changing (early October). The colors of the leaves were so vibrant. The entire drive was breathtaking! Important Note: this is definitely not something you’d want to take an RV to, small or large as the roads are rather narrow toward the top, and there were slight grades.

If you would rather go to a free canyon for a gorgeous drive here are some other options:

  • Cottonwood Canyon (most popular)
  • Emigration Canyon
  • City Creek Canyon
  • Butterfield Canyon
  • Bingham Canyon
If you’ve been to Salt Lake City, share your favorite thing to do in the city! We love to learn about new places to eat and visit.

6 Comments

  1. Florida Randy

    What a surprise to discover SLC during an “overnight” during our first year of travel in our RV. Although we could only spend a day it makes our list of states/cities to explore in future trips.

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    • adventuretime

      Awesome you were able to discover it! We believe 1 night or 1 day is better than never experiencing it at all and at least you know you want to go back now!

      Reply
  2. Brooke

    I’m glad that you were able to eat at so many great places! Thanks for mentioning Female Foodie in your post- hope you come back to visit soon! -Brooke

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    • adventuretime

      Of course – thanks for providing great places to eat in SLC! I enjoyed your blog 🙂

      Reply
  3. Brian Heugly

    Hello from Salt Lake City. I am a resident of this beautiful city and have lived here all my life. I wanted to let you know how awesome it is to see people from another state talk so highly of my state, as I think this state is totally awesome with so many things to do and see. From Mountains covered in the best snow on the planet to red rock canyons and natural monuments in the southern half of the state. This state is an outdoors enthusiasts dream. There is so much to do, you will definately find something that will make you smile. I really enjoyed watching your visit, the places you visited are all wonderful picks, as you mentioned there are plenty more to enjoy. Thanks for sharing, hopefuly you will be able to return again on your travels and can enjoy more of what this state has to offer.

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    • adventuretime

      Hey Brian! Thanks for reading and commenting. Yes SLC really is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. We would love to come back to go skiing! Anything else we missed but should explore next time?

      Reply

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Liz & Dennis

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We’re two travel-loving, real estate investing, foodies exploring North America as full-time RV’ers. This blog is where we share our lessons learned, tips and tricks, and favorite places to eat, see, and RV across North America! We hope it helps you find your wanderlust, plan and prepare for RV life, and get out on the road!

 

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