Utah: From Natural Wonders to Dining Gems
Food & Wine
Utah is a wonderful place to live in, explore and marvel about. It's a unique place in the US that offers lots of nature-based adventures — from mountainous slopes in the north to Mars-like trails in the south. Utah is slowly becoming the foodie capital of the west with plenty of chic speakeasy bars to roof top restaurants.
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Where to stay in Utah
The Grand America Hotel
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Things to do in Utah
OktoberFest at Snowbird: Calling all beer connoisseurs! Taste local and traditional beers while savoring German food at this beautiful mountainous resort. What's not to like!
Live Jazz nights with a Flamingo band at the famous Lake Effect bar is a must on Wednesday nights! If you're into dancing, share your talents and local people will join you!
Enjoy free live jazz band music and dancing at Gallivan Center in the heart of Salt Lake City on Tuesday nights.
Explore the Olympic Park in Park City, where you can immerse yourself in the 2002 Olympic Games and in bobsled yourself!
Don't miss the annual Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, which attracts thousands of visitors from around the world for matinee and evening performances of timeless literary classics starting in June and running until October.
Experience the unique environment of Bonneville Salt Flats and Speedway — a barren, densely packed salt pan where you can see the curvature of the planet!
Mark your calendar for the Sundance Film Festival happening in Park City every year in January. It is the largest independent film festival in the US, with more than 45,000 attendees from around the world, hundreds of movies to see and opportunities to meet filmmakers.
Visit Utah's 5 National Parks — Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches! These parks are all unique and breathtaking. They offer guided tours, different types of trails, informative visitor centers and places to enjoy nature in your RVs or tents.
Places to eat & drink in Utah
Indulge in British tea time at the Grand America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. Remember to reserve in advance for this delightful experience.
Start your day with a delightful breakfast at Oasis Cafe, offering fresh ingredients. Enjoy the outdoor patio and explore the eclectic bookstore.
For a memorable dinner experience, head to La Caille restaurant, where you can take a stroll through three acres of vineyards with peacocks, all while savoring the French chateau ambiance and unforgettable, sophisticated French cuisine with wines to satisfy anyone's palette.
Sip sophisticated and eclectic drinks at the Van Ryder rooftop bar, where you can enjoy stunning views of Salt Lake City and the Wasatch mountain range.
If you're looking for a vibrant and lively atmosphere, head to Lake Effect Bar, which offers signature cocktails, amazing food and live music on three different floors for an unforgettable party experience.
Explore different cuisines and enjoy a cocktail bar at Woodbine, a nouveau food hall that offers a wide variety of dishes to try.
For modern Mediterranean cuisine, visit Laziz Kitchen, a restaurant with three locations in Salt Lake Valley. They are committed to accepting everyone and creating a safe place for all people to enjoy delicious foods and drinks.
For a rustic yet modern experience with mountainous views and nearby creeks, head to Emigration Canyon Brewery. This brewery boasts serving local beers, sustainable seafood, Neapolitan pizzas and steak dishes!
Need to Know
Looking for more Utah travel tips? Check out Fora Advisor Cheryl Cannon's guide, Adventure & Hiking in Utah's Zion National Park and Sarah Entwistle's guide, Eat, Drink & Explore the Outdoors in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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