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What To Do In Salt Lake City? Only Everything!

We know, we hear it all the time: You had no idea so much was going on in Salt Lake City. Sure, there are a few exceptions we're famous for, such as the easy access to world-class skiing and a business-friendly environment anchored by our spectacular Convention Center. But there are also plenty of peak experiences that extend far beyond legendary mountains and national parks such as Deer Valley and Bryce Canyon National Park. There's also a wealth of cultural experiences in Salt Lake City including treasured local attractions such as the Utah Symphony, Capitol Theatre and the Utah Museum of Fine Art. Families can pack their itinerary with things to do like visit the Family History Library, Living Planet Aquarium, Seven Peaks Water Park and Children's Museum of Utah. And of course for active types, Salt Lake City is the perfect gateway to an almost unending list of adventures including mountain biking and trekking in national parks like Zion, rafting trips in Moab and ultimate skiing and boarding at any of the 10 top-rated ski resorts located nearby, such as Alta and Park City. And if you need a few more tips, ask a Local.


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Salt Lake City Itineraries

To give you a head start and make your Salt Lake City experience as memorable as possible, we've created a few short itineraries with the best things to do based on your interest, so you can hit the ground running and start funning!


Family Friendly

Salt Lake City welcomes families with open arms - and big smiles - with multiple experiences that keep both kids and parents entertained.


The next best thing to being at the Olympics, Utah Olympic Park, the venue for many events of the 2002 Winter Olympics, today offers a full slate of family activities less than 30 miles away in Park City. Utah Olympic Park is all-season fun all the time with boblsed rides, a zipline and even outdoor film screenings during the summer months.
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Operated by the Mormon Church, this library is a treasure trove of genealogical information, allowing you to research your family's history in the largest museum of its kind in the world. Learn More


Located in downtown’s Gateway Mall, this 60,000 square foot children’s museum is a playful mix of interactive displays, workshops and programs that make learning fun. Learn more


Nothing says fun like a waterpark and Seven Peaks goes all out. Attractions include Tidal Beach with its 3-foot waves, Dinosaur Bay where kids can splash with toothy dinos and Typhoon Tunnel, a slide that is more than four stories high. Learn More


Art & Culture

The performing arts have high profile home in Salt Lake City. Dance, theater, ballet, opera, museums and art galleries color the experience here for anyone that loves the arts.


Visual and bold, the museum is home to a permanent collection that includes everything from Egyptian antiquities to modern works as well as a great venue for temporary exhibitions. Learn More


The Capitol Theatre is the home to the acclaimed Utah Opera, where the classics as well as newer works are performed. Check the schedule and you might catch the Utah Symphony playing in the pit for a performance.
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Salt Lake City has a vibrant art scene, represented by multiple galleries throughout the downtown area. Galleries stay open late during the monthly Art Stroll, a self-guided tour that’s a great way to dive in. Learn More


Shopper's Delight

From one-of-a-kind finds at local galleries to major retail therapy at centers brimming with name brands, the shopping in Salt Lake City is all that.


A must-see while in Salt Lake City, The Gateway has it all: shopping, dining, movies and events like concerts and fashion shows, all in a stylish outdoor setting.
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If big brands like Apple and Nordstrom in an inviting open-air setting paired with multiple dining options sound like the perfect ingredients for a shopping foray, add the City Creek Center to your list.
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A Salt Lake City institution for over 80 years, Sam Weller Book Works is where to go for hard-to-find titles or just browse an impressive collection that includes elusive rare books. An added bonus is this independent book store is located at the entrance to historic Trolley Square. Learn More


Outdoor & Active

Few urban centers can compete with the wealth of natural wonders found right on our front doorstep. From ten celebrated ski resorts located within an hour’s drive away to easy access to world-famous national parks, Salt Lake City is your gateway adventure.


Alta is a ski purists’ paradise that for over 70 years has welcomed skiers to its challenging terrain and legendary powder. The mountain here also offers excellent opportunities for novice skiers as well. Learn More

Canyons Resort
During the winter, skiers and boarders enjoy the epic runs and bluebird skies of Park City’s Canyons Resort. But during summer, the adventure keeps rolling here with the new mountain bike park featuring a Skills Park and trails for all levels.


Legendary is an apt word for Moab, which is not only a mecca for mountain bikers thanks to its spectacular red rock scenery and slick rock trails, but it’s also a draw for road bikers as well. The new Moab Canyon Pathway offers over one hundred miles of paved roads perfect for everyone from long distance riders to families. Learn More


Getting off the beaten path and discovering hidden gems is one of the wonders of travel. But how do you find those special places? Ask a local.
Hotel Monaco helps you make the most of your getaway to Utah by sharing our staff's insider tips on things to do in Salt Lake City.

We asked our intrepid staff: "If you had only two days in Salt Lake City, what would you do?" Take a peek, have some fun and Live Like a Local.

Eat
Chef Nathan Powers

Chef Nathan Powers - Local for 4 years

Executive Chef

  • Hands down restaurant suggestion is Pago. Killer food and all local. They even have their own farm … And wines that they personally negotiate bringing in to Utah

  • Local cheeses and exotic imported olive oils from Tony Caputo's.

Drink
Austin Craig

Austin Craig - Local for 28 years

Bartender

  • The Vault here at the Monaco.  We have a great time with cocktails and alsways have a fun new cocktail to try.

  • The City Creek Trail offers rejuvenating and "out of the city" feeling both convenient and accessible anytime.

Wellness
Shawn Jackson

Shawn Jackson - Local for 9 years

Sales Manager

  • A great local facility, next to the one in our hotel, is The Gym located at the City Creek.

  • On a beautiful day, you'll find me running 3 to 10 miles up the City Creek Canyon - you're welcome to join me!

Retail therapy
Jason Olea

Jason Olea - Local for 10 years

Front Office Manager

  • The Utah Woolen Mills is a great local store which was featured in the GQ Magazine

  • The City Creek Shopping Center is a place not to be missed!

Play
Jacob Larsen

Jacob Larsen - Local for 25 years

Accounts Payable

  • When in season, steep and deep snowboarding and skiing is just minutes away!

  • The Thanksgiving Point offers amazing, yet entertaining activities such as golf, gardens, and museum.

One of a kind
Kelsey Sitton

Kelsey Sitton - Local for 8 years

Front Desk Agent

  • Indigenous to Utah only - you must visit Ruby Snap Cookies!

  • Bonneville Shoreline hiking trail. It gives you a panoramic view of the University of Utah, as far south as the eye can see, and even a beautiful view of the Salt Lake (particularly at sunset)!

For more information about any of these suggestions and additional favorites, contact Hotel Monaco's concierge at (801) 595-0000.