Not so long ago, it was tough to find a cup of coffee in Salt Lake City, let alone a cocktail. But lately, things have changed. Now coffee shops abound, and the city is home to 18-odd breweries and distilleries. And while easy access to the outdoors has long lured visitors, now the dining scene beckons too.
South State Street
This strip—once SLC’s skid row—has morphed into a buzzy after-hours district full of bars, breweries, and dim sum joints. To sample the offerings, work your way north from 800 South. Start with an IPA at Epic Brewing, then grab a Blazing Jazz roll at Sapa Sushi. End the night with a live set at the State Room, a venue that hosts musicians from around the country.
Heart of the City
Anchored by the towering Salt Lake Temple, Temple Square is hard to miss. The temple itself is not open to the general public, but visitors can tour the 35-acre campus and—on Thursday nights or Sunday mornings—hear a free performance by the famed Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square as its members sing in front of the 11,623-pipe organ.
Nearby: While you're in the neighborhood, stop by the Family History Library, the world’s largest genealogical library. Visitors can delve into their own family tree through records covering roughly 1 billion names.