Things to Do: Salt Lake City, Utah Bucket List

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Well, the secret’s out! In September, I will visit Salt Lake City, Utah to attend Tastemaker Conference – the food blogger conference for influencers and content creators.

I am so excited to experience this trip, meet some of my favorite bloggers and learn everything I possibly can in two days! We just received our class and workshop schedules and I’m over the moon (and totally fan-girling!) over the speakers and presenters. Abbey Rodriguez of The Butter Half has done a phenomenal job of curating keynote presenters and sponsors. My favorite detail of this conference: bloggers of all levels are welcome.

Having never been to SLC, I look forward to experiencing a few restaurants and sights in my limited free time. In every city I visit, sampling the local restaurants is one of my favorite activities. I prefer to experience each city through a local’s eye, instead of a tourist.

Since I will be in Salt Lake City for a limited amount of time, I’ve made a bucket list of all the different places I would like to make time for. I know I won’t hit each of these places, but perhaps there’s a return trip in the future. 🙂

Salt Lake City Bucket List

The Historic Peery Hotel

Check! I booked a room at this recently renovated historic boutique hotel located in downtown Salt Lake City. It is surrounded by some of SLC’s fabulous restaurants and is in walking distance to several attractions.

Peery Hotel Salt Lake City Utah
Image Credit: The Peery Hotel

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, folks from all over the country came to check out Utah’s mining gigs. In 1910, The Peery Hotel was constructed for all of whom landed the riches out West. Two brothers, David and Joseph Peery, hired on a European architect by the name of Charles Onderdonk, to build a hotel to accommodate businessmen and their families.

The Peery Hotel Salt Lake City Utah
Image Credit: The Peery Hotel

The Peery Hotel has been in operation since 1910 and, of course, has received renovations over the course of its tenure. Currently, the hotel is adorned with tufted velvet seating areas in the lobby and beautiful modern, tufted headboards in the rooms. The bathrooms are designed with walk in showers and excellent lighting for primping!

Word has it there has been paranormal activities, but I have high hopes for friendly ghosts…. Or none at all. 🙂

Carnegie’s Public House

Carnegie’s Public House is the restaurant inside of The Peery Hotel. The word on the street is they have an excellent pre-fixe menu on Thursdays. Conveniently, I’ll be arriving just in the knick of time! I definitely envision grabbing a glass of wine and a late-night snack after the conference activities.

Carnegie's Public House Salt Lake City Utah
Image Credit: The Peery Hotel

Their menu is sturdy and filled with small plates at the bar, lunch, dinner and breakfast, which is served all day. Personally, I’m looking forward to nomming on the Salumi Crostinis, served with a grilled baguette, Gorgonzola spread, apples, and prosciutto drizzled with honey.

Carnegie’s also serves up a number of entrees and snacks, including wood-fired pizzas, salmon and salad accouterments.

Temple Square

It is Utah’s number one attraction, according to the website. With 35 acres to explore, I’m certain I could kill a lot of time here. There are several exhibits and museums to explore in the area, as well as many photo-worthy destinations.

Temple Square Salt Lake City Utah
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I do plan on making a few stops in the gardens and to check out the awesome architecture of the Temple and The Tabernacle, home to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. There are tons of activities for history fanatics, families and kids in Temple Square.

The Copper Onion

Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, The Copper Onion serves up American-style fare, locally sourced whenever possible.

The Copper Onion Lamb Riblets Salt Lake City Utah
Image Credit: The Copper Onion

Serving brunch, lunch and dinner, this place has some incredible shareables like the Beef Tartare, Pork Belly and Wagyu Bone Marrow. Have I told you how much I LOVE bone marrow? If you haven’t tried it before, do it! Also, the house made pasta is singing directly to my soul.

In addition to an incredible line up of entrees of all kinds, the wine menu is nothing to sneeze about. Looking forward to enjoying a few of these delicious menu items with a glass of vino.

Clark Planetarium

Clark Planetarium offers 10,00 square feet of exhibit space to explore. Unfortunately, I won’t have time to make this one, but there might be a future trip with the family coming soon.

Personally, I love learning about the stars and planets. It’s such a mysterious concept with so many theories left unknown. It’s mind-boggling to think we might not be the only life forms out there.

Clark Planetarium offers several shows and exhibits to explore with your entire family. I could see easily spending an entire day here with the family.

Admission to the store and exhibits are FREE to the public. Plan a visit and explore the universe!

Salt Lake City hosts fun for all families and travelers (like me!). Did I miss a must-see attraction? Let me know in the comments…

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16 thoughts on “Things to Do: Salt Lake City, Utah Bucket List”

  1. Priyanka @ Glamour and Giggles

    How exciting!! I’m totally going to bookmark this, Salt Lake City is a place I’d really like to visit!

  2. The Copper Onion…yum! Salt Lake is somewhere I’ve always thought about going for a long weekend. This post will be so helpful !

  3. I had no idea that SLC had so many great attractions! I hope you have a lot of fun, and I’ll be looking out for the conference next year. It sounds like it could be a great help!

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