This month we’re headed to Salt Lake City, Utah for outdoor concerts and back-patio brews. Appropriately nicknamed “The Crossroads of the West,” SLC is an old mining town in the center of the great Western mountain ranges, making it a nature-lover’s paradise and an urban oasis. The Wasatch and Oquirrn mountains, the Jordan River, and the Great Salt Lake and its many islands inspire outdoor adventure year round, while Salt Lake City’s downtown scene provides plenty of excitement for travelers and locals alike. Hop on a bike share ($5 for the whole day) to tour SLC’s eclectic neighborhoods and you’ll see for yourself that this isn’t the Salt Lake City you thought you knew. With a plethora of local coffee roasters, a seriously rockin’ nightlife, and Asian cuisine that knocks your socks off, prepare for SLC to pleasantly exceed your expectations.
Check out our list of what to do and wear in Salt Lake City. And if you have a favorite spot, we want to see it! Tag a photo of it with #ModernTraveler on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and we’ll enter you into our monthly contest. If we pick your photo, you’ll score a $150 Horny Toad gift card to use on some sweet new travel threads.
What We’re Doing in Salt Lake City:
Red Iguana, “The Killer Mexican Food” – It may be a funky yellow brick building with plastic floral tablecloths and mismatched furniture, but don’t let the décor fool you – Red Iguana means business when it comes to killer Mexican food. Known for their 7 types of mole (Our favorite is Mole Amarillo – golden raisins, yellow tomatoes, yellow zucchini and dried yellow chiles), make sure you ask for a sample plate with a spoonful of each sauce before you commit. Not into Mole? Check out their “Marvels of Mexico” section on the menu. Trust us, it definitely lives up to its name.
Big Cottonwood Canyon – Located 25 miles east of SLC, the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Basin Floor and the union is truly spectacular. Gorgeous vistas carved into the canyons highlight the erosive power of ancient rivers. The 15-mile long Big Cottonwood Canyon provides excellent hiking, biking, rock-climbing, camping and fishing in summer and fall. Donut Falls, Dog Lake, and Desolation Lake make for some dreamy spots to take in Utah’s natural vibes.
Lucky 13 – A sign outside reads, “Cheap Beer. Good Whiskey. House-Smoked Bacon. Gourmet Burgers.” As if that wasn’t enough, Lucky 13 is located in an old roadhouse next door to the minor league baseball stadium, home of the Salt Lake City Bees. Take advantage of these August days with a cold one and a bacon cheeseburger on the back patio, then mosey next door to catch a Bees game for $8. Lucky 13 is a home run in our books.
Twilight Concert Series – Every Thursday evening during July and August, Pioneer Park becomes the hottest spot in town. Bring $5 and rock the night away under the stars at this outdoor concert series in the heart of downtown SLC. Acts like Wu Tang Clan, Beck, and De la Soul are rolling into town this August, so pack a picnic and get your groove on.
Squatter’s Craft Beers – Their saying says it all: “Good for what Ale’s you.” With beers like “Provo Girl Pilsner,” “Respect your Mother Organic Amber,” and “Full Suspension Pale Ale,” it’s easy to see why locals consider it a home-brew remedy. Try the beer sampler, served on a sawed off ski, and feel good about supporting local. Squatter’s has a simple philosophy – “commitment to people, planet and profit,” which means they source regional ingredients, partner with local non-profits, and operate their breweries with wind power. We’ll drink to that.
What We’re Wearing in Salt Lake City:
Men’s Drover Denim – Current but not trendy, our jeans are great for going out or just hanging out. But you don’t need to be told what jeans are good for. Not too low and not too high, they sit at that perfect spot below your waist and drop to a comfortable, straight-legged fit.
Men’s Smythy Long Sleeve Shirt - The unexpected has its appeal – especially when it’s delivered in lightweight 100% organic cotton. Our SpaceDye fabric updates the look of traditional plaids with space-dyed yarns that dart through the weave in unprogrammable, unpredictable ways, creating a handcrafted textile effect. Other Smythy details – such as a button on the center back collar, button chest pockets with an engineer-worthy pen slot and a split back yoke with box pleat – are all part of the pleasant surprise.
Women’s Profundo Pullover – Layer it, run in it, sleep in it. The Profundo Pullover has two layers of our sumptuously soft, sweetly striped blend of organic cotton and Tencel® and a slouchy, neckline that can work as a hood and on-seam hand pockets for optimal coziness.
Women’s Elsa Pant - Elsa is a city pant that’s fit for the outdoors – and vice versa. Made from our light, stretchy Limbertwill, the cut and palette are modern but timeless and easily extend the abilities of all shirts and sweaters in your closet. The Elsa Pant is sleek and lean with narrow legs and plenty of pockets, including a secure hidden zipper pocket in the angled back yoke. Two rear button welt pockets complete the trouser look.
Stay tuned for a new trip every month, and don’t forget to check out our past trips to Nashville, TN and Portland, ME for more weekend travel inspiration. If you want to see more of this kind of stuff from us, be sure to sign up for our weekly emails here too. See you on the road!