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Visiting Salt Lake City

Thursday, August 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Carl Aldrich
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So You’re Coming to Salt Lake (or thinking about it)…

The UMA Conference is a little less than a month away and it’s time to start planning your visit to Salt Lake! Or, if you are still on the fence about attending, hopefully this will entice you to join us. This year’s wonderful host committee has been working hard to find all sorts of fun things for you to do, but don’t be afraid to adventure into Utah’s biggest city and check out things we leave off the list.

This year’s pre-conference field trips will take participants to a diverse selection of places! Spend a little time near Temple Square on the Church History and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art tour, join Preservation Utah for a morning walking tour down South Temple, or explore behind the scenes at Red Butte Garden with a tour of the horticulture compound.  Then, on Wednesday, take advantage of our first ever post-conference field trip at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. You’ll get to see all of the most popular residents, and even meet some sharks!


University of Utah Guest House and Conference Center

Many local museums will be offering participants free or discounted entry. 

The University

 Campus boasts four museums - Fort Douglas Military Museum, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Natural History Museum, and for those who don’t do the field trip, Red Butte Garden. You can also take Trax down to the city proper and check out Tracy Aviary, Discovery Gateway, museums featured on field trips, or the Pioneer Memorial Museum on 

Capitol Hill (long live the two-headed lamb!) While in museum mode, don’t miss out on another one of Utah’s historical treasures – Gilgal Sculpture Garden. Here, artist Thomas Child used his deep-felt religious beliefs to create 12 stone sculptures within an oasis right inside the city.


Museums are the best, but when you are ready for something else SLC has you covered -  try the superfood salad at Red Rock Brewing Co. the mole at everyone’s favorite Mexican Restaurant Red Iguana, or happy hour at Ahh Sushi where you can get half off rolls. If you are hoping for something fancier, check out Handle Salt Lake (omg the General Tso’s cauliflower) or oysters at Current. Vegan? Never fear! Boltcutter will prove the best thing that has ever happened to you, and afterwards you can grab equally dairy-free ice cream next door at Monkeywrench. If you aren’t worried about dairy, Dolcetti Gelato has a dark chocolate that is to die for and the Normal Ice Cream Truck at Trolley Square is anything but normal.

Once you are full you can get in a little exercise by taking a hike up to the Living Room or through Memory Grove, checking out a local yoga studio (21st Yoga is my personal favorite), or grabbing a Greenbike and cruising around the city. If you would rather socialize, you can check out one of Salt Lake’s many craft breweries, use all your change at the new-ish Quarters Arcade Bar, grab a fancy cocktail at Lake Effect, or try your hand at pub trivia (Twist on Monday, Dick N’ Dixies on Tuesday.)

This list contains the tiniest selection of what SLC has to offer. Make sure to check out Visit Salt Lake’s website to learn about other restaurants and attractions to make your visit the fullest and funnest it can be!


Church History


Preservation Utah

Red Butte Garden


Fort Douglas



Tracy Aviary

Discovery Gateway

Pioneer Memorial


Red Rock Brewing Co.

Red Iguana

Ah Sushi

Handle Salt Lake




Dolcetti Gelato

Normal Ice Cream

Living Room

Memory Grove

21st Yoga



Trivia Twist

Trivia Dick N’ Dixies

Visit Salt Lake


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