A Weekender’s Guide to SLC
Salt Lake City (SLC) is a beautiful and underestimated destination. There is a lot more to this city than the famous salt lakes and I am excited to share with you some of my recommendation for a fun weekend in SLC.
Country Fan Fest
Let’s begin with the main attraction that lured me to Salt Lake City, Country Fan Fest. This country festival is held in Tooele which is a 40-minute drive outside of SLC, you’ll enjoy great views of the salt lakes along your ride to the show. This festival includes three full days of country concerts, this year the lineup included Brett Eldredge, Dwight Yoakam, Cole Swindell and many more! There are delicious food trucks, bars, and vendors set up inside the venue gates. Start planning ahead of time, tickets for the 2019 Country Fan Fest go on sale November 23rd during Black Friday. Many concertgoers pack up their RV’s and camp in the open lots outside of the concert venue. Keep in mind that July in SLC is hot, pack appropriate clothing, lots of sunscreen, and water.
Diesel Brothers Garage
Another fun claim to fame in Salt Lake City is the Diesel Brother’s Garage. The Diesel Brother Duo – Heavy D and Diesel Dave along with their talented crew purchase old or broken down trucks and revamp them into huge monster truck style builds. You can swing by their garage to see these amazing and creative limo trucks, monster school buses, and military-style vehicles. Stop in their gift shop for some fun souvenirs for the truck lover in your life. Be sure to have your camera on hand you might catch a glimpse of the crew riding around pulling pranks and stunt driving.
Brunch at The Rose ESTB
Once you’ve worked up an appetite visit The Rose Establishment. You’ll feel like you have been transported back to 1995 in this cool, health-conscious, hipster style restaurant. I ordered the Smashed Avocado Tartine with olive oil and black pepper on a hearty piece of five-grain bread, I also added roasted beets and it was delish! I enjoyed a vanilla chai and a fresh out of the oven plum cinnamon roll. The Rose ESTB features an eclectic selection of drip coffee, cold brews, and unique lattes.
Downtown Farmer’s Market
After you eat a delicious Saturday brunch walk across the street to the Salt Lake City Downtown Farmer’s Market. This Market is hosted every Saturday from June – October from 8 am to 2 pm. Visit their website for their year-round schedule. They have everything from fresh fruit & vegetables, local honey butter, and handmade home goods. I purchased a one-of-a-kind spoon ring from a lovely couple who make jewelry out of recycled silverware. You can spend hours walking around looking at everything and enjoying all of the locals, SLC is a super friendly place to visit.
Next, I hopped on some pay-as-you-go LimeScooters, these automatic scooters will save your feet from walking to all of the attractions. They are inexpensive, fun, and easy to use. Always practice caution while riding scooters in crowded areas and in traffic.
Salt Lake Temple – Temple Square South Visitor’s Center
Salt Lake City is where the main Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) temple is located. The architecture is a sight to see. The grounds are impeccable with beautiful gardens, statues, and fountains. Take a walk through the Temple Square South Visitor’s Center where you can learn more about the history of the LDS community. Although you cannot go into the temple unless you are a member, you can see an amazing replica of the inside of the temple in the visitor’s center. Pay attention to signage around the temple you are allowed into certain side chapels where you can see and hear beautiful organs and choirs.
Salt Lake City Capital
Hop on your scooter or grab an Uber and head on over to the Capital building. I didn’t know what to expect when I headed to the capital building but I was in for a few surprises. The grand stairs leading up to this building are a great spot for Instagram-worthy photos. Once you walk in the main door you will be astounded to see the elaborate marble floors, amazingly crafted sculptures and as you look up to the rotunda ceiling you will see murals and a beautiful painting of the sky.
Head over to the West Gallery to start your tour and you will walk through a fun exhibit of items from movies filmed in Utah. My favorite was seeing the baseball signed by the Colossus of Clout himself, Babe Ruth from The Sandlot. As you walk around you will learn a lot about the history of the Beehive State and its entire history.
As I mentioned I was more than pleasantly surprised with my first vacation to Salt Lake City. The relaxed atmosphere and fun activities gave me an experience I will never forget. Last but definitely not least, I have to mention the scenery. The rolling hills and mountains are absolutely beautiful. If you have a chance to rent a car, take a drive and explore the backroads. The green landscapes and mountainside houses are a great way to take in the beauty of Salt Lake City. Start planning your next vacation to the Beehive State.