Once frequented only by mountain men and trappers, the Salt Lake region’s mountains and famous salty lake bookend the sprawling city in photograph-worthy majesty. Salt Lake City, U.T. draws those who love the outdoors, as well as city-dwelling travelers who crave fine dining, shopping, and museum-going.
Among its historical attractions, one of the best to see is the long-running state fair.
For more than 150 years, the Salt Lake Valley has hosted the Utah State Fair The current grounds date back to 1902 and is one of the National Register of Historic Places. Scattered across the 50 acres that comprise this park are arenas, exhibition buildings, and grandstands.
Each autumn the fair returns and this year you can check it out starting Sep. 5 until Sep.15. Some of the fair attractions include famous Mystery Bag Cook-off, classic midway rides, animal shows, grandstand entertainment, and thrilling exhibits.
Some of the other fair events include the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo, Nuestra Fiesta Hispania, and a concert by Foreigner. These extra events do require additional ticketing, though.
With the fairgrounds’ central location close to the heart of everything, it’s easy for visitors to find restaurants, shopping, and a hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.
Other Attractions in Salt Lake City
Utah State Capitol – While the historic buildings are fascinating, the view from the grounds overlooking the city is the real draw.
Clark Planetarium – This planetarium features a star show, IMAX movies, and laser shows, along with the usual scientific exhibits.
Hogel Zoo – There are 42 acres of animal exhibits, with specimens sourced from around the globe.
Liberty Park – For a chance to stretch your legs in the heart of the city, this appealing park offers a pond with paddleboats, an aviary, tennis courts, a jogging path, and a few amusement rides.
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway – Close to museums and the planetarium, this easygoing hotel enjoys all the conveniences of a central location. Rooms are sophisticated in decor and provide fantastic views of Salt Lake City. There’s an on-site bar, a seasonal outdoor pool, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Salt Lake Plaza Hotel – This centrally located lodging has a swimming pool, kitchenettes in every room and an airport shuttle service. It’s also close to the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Blue Plate Diner – Enjoy American cuisine favorites like burgers and all-day breakfasts served in a homey, 1950s-style diner. Pies, cakes, and milkshakes round out the menu.
The Red Iguana – Delicious Mexican home cooking in one of Salt Lake City’s favorite restaurants, the mole and margaritas come highly recommended.
Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops – Consistently voted among the best steakhouses in the state; this upscale restaurant adds charcuterie boards with handmade cheeses and meats to the steak and seafood menu.
Fly – Salt Lake International Airport is a Delta Airlines hub and a short, 10-minute drive to the center of the city. A Utah Transit Authority TRAX train goes to the downtown area.
Ride – The TRAX train and UTA bus system expand across much of the Salt Lake valley.
Drive – Rent a car from an airport kiosk or visit one of the rental offices located around the valley.
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