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I have to admit that I was less than thrilled when my husband said that we were going to Salt Lake City, Utah for vacation in the middle of summer. I didn’t know too much about the area, but knew that it would be really hot. My husband, however, had been working on his Master’s Degree in Business from Western Governors University and completed all of the required courses in May. So, whether I wanted to or not, we were headed to Salt Lake City in July for him to walk in the commencement ceremony.
We started doing some research on what we could do while visiting. We began asking friends and family who were familiar with the area what their suggestions would be. As we started to discover all the sites that Salt Lake City had to offer, we began to get excited about the various things that we would be able to do.
Below is a list of the places that we enjoyed the most, followed by our favorite restaurants. If you are planning a visit to the area, hopefully you will find this information useful.
Must See Spots Around the Area:
The drive is about 50 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, where we stayed, but it is worth it! The village was built for the 2002 Olympic Games and it is amazing. We were able to see the bobsled track, though it was covered since it isn’t in use in the summer, however, there is a ropes course available. In addition, we were able to see the ski jumps used during the Olympic Games and the ‘warm-up’ jumps behind it. There was also a museum that you could go into, but we arrived too late, and weren’t able to go in, though I would have liked to. The best part of the visit was watching the ski jumpers practice in the pool! Yes, in the pool! They would ski down jumps, do tricks, and land in the pool. I have never seen anything like it and it was amazing!
Downtown Park City
Though it is clear that Park City is a ski town, the area was still busy in the summer. I would imagine it to be extremely busy in the winter. It’s a cute place to go and walk around and window shop. It’s also about 10 degrees cooler than Salt Lake City, so it was a nice break from the heat. We stopped for dinner at Bistro 412. The food was great and the atmosphere was nice on the patio where we sat. My menu suggestions are the Baked Brie and Spring Roll appetizers and the Beef Bourguinonne for dinner.
There are multiple race tracks at the MotorSports Campus; a few for ‘real’ races, and one for Kart racing. During the time that we were there, there was a race on one of the larger tracks that we were able to watch from the grand stands. When the race was over, we headed over for Kart racing. The Kart race lasted about 15 minutes, which doesn’t seem like a long time, but when you’re in the Kart, it’s plenty!
There are numerous race cars to look at while at the Utah MotorSports Campus. Some that we were able to see were the Ford Raptor and other Ford motor racing cars. In addition, the big race track has a Brazilian Steakhouse to eat at. The Kart track area also has a small store that you could get snacks at as well.
The Mormon Temple in downtown Salt Lake City was built in 1893. While I am not Mormon, I could certainly appreciate its beauty. There were beautiful flowers everywhere, flowing water and majestic buildings. We had an opportunity to listen to the Organ Recital. It was beautiful to listen to and lasted roughly 30 minutes.
The rec center was amazing! We don’t have anything like this where we live, so I was completely impressed. There was a large pool with a play area for young kids, and a 3 story slide. There was also a gym, a dance room, and a basketball court with a track above it to run/walk around. The fees were only $4 per child to play for the day; children 2 and under are free!
Our kids swam in the pool, and because it is staffed with life guards, we went over to the track and walked around for a bit. When the kids finished in the pool, they went into the lockers rooms which are equipped with showers, complete with shampoo and soap. The facility itself was extremely clean. It was a great way to spend the afternoon for very little money.
This was delicious Mexican Food. It has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, which is why we ate there. I ordered 2 tacos, one shrimp and one steak, and I would recommend them both! It came with a side of their cilantro-jalapeno mayo, which really finished it. I also love a good chunky salsa, with chips and their salsa was one of the better ones that I have had!
Others order burritos, quesadillas, and their Maria’s Plate. We all were in agreement that it was good.
Staying with our Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives theme, we stopped for breakfast at Blue Plate Diner. It was Sunday around 11am, and there was 11 of us, so there was about a 30 minute wait. The atmosphere was fun and causal. My recommendations for breakfast are the Huevos Rancheros, Biscuits and Gravy and the Corned Beef and Hash. The proportions are huge, so you should consider sharing plates!
One thing about downtown Salt Lake City, is that many of the shops and restaurants don’t open on Sunday. While we kept ourselves busy at the hotel pool during the day, when dinner time came around, our options were limited. We went for a walk and stumbled upon Whiskey Street. The menu looked good, so we went in. Along with it’s great selection of Whiskey and Scotch, the food was amazing!
We started with the Ahi Tartini, which was nothing short of amazing! The Ahi was fresh and the wasabi lime aioli was delicious. For our main courses, my husband had the special, which was a Hot Pastrami Burger with Truffle Fries; it was one of the best burgers he has ever had! I had the Wedge Salad for my main course and the proportions of lettuce to bacon and gorgonzola were perfect. And the dressing topped it off just right!
All in all, we had a great time in Salt Lake City. There are many more things that we would have liked to do, but ran out of time. We are looking forward to coming back in the winter to ski! I am looking forward to seeing how beautiful it is when it’s white with snow!
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