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Living in Salt Lake City, Utah:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

13 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Salt Lake City, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 13 people living in Salt Lake City what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Salt Lake City, and Utah in general, Is a great place to hang out, especially in the summer! The city is metropolitan without being crowded or expensive. For winter visitors, world renowned ski resorts are nearby. And in our vast wildernesses, we have extensive and beautiful mountains and vast prehistoric rock formations.

Fatima, says: 2020

In the spring there is the Utah arts festival which brings local artists to come and display and sell their art. One year they had people on stilts in dragon-like costumes interacting with the crowd. The famous Sundance Film festival promotes independent storytellers in film and theater. Other unique festivals include the Greek festival, Japanese festival, pioneer day, Chinese New Year celebrations, the Utah Pride festival (one of the biggest in the country), ComicCon, and more. There is a very talented Symphony orchestra.

Salt Lake City is nestled among several mountain ranges. It is a small city but it is growing rapidly. Many tech companies have headquarters here, providing jobs and a thriving housing market. It is considered an outdoor city, with hiking, camping, skiing, and many other activities available. Downtown Salt Lake City has diverse restaurants and activities.

Salt Lake City is a sprawling metropolis, but it’s cozy enough that you might feel right at home even if you’re moving in from the suburb. The city’s residents are very respectful and responsible, which is great news for both business and home life. The temperature is hot during summer, but during the rest of the year, it’s usually very pleasant. Even during early spring and late fall, I find it to be mild enough for me to wear my summer hat.

Salt Lake city is a wonderful place! There are so many interesting activities for all different ability levels. One of my personal favorites is hiking. There are 100s of trails less than an hour’s drive away. The landscape here is so varied, from high desert, to snowy alpine mountains.

Stephani, says: 2020

At first glance there may not seem like much to do and that Salt Lake City is just a city out in the middle of the desert. However, once you set foot and start exploring, you can find thousands of exciting and fun things to do. Since Salt Lake City is the fastest growing city in the United States a lot of different cultures and cuisines find their way into the city. There are over 1,000 places to eat, many of them at reasonable prices, and there are some luxurious restaurants as well.

Taylor, says: 2020

The museum of natural history has a sleek, modern design to it and is always doing events and new exhibitions. The University Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) has a vast collection of paintings, both traditional and modern, and the new exhibitions are always a pleasure to visit. A recent one was showing art from Edo, Japan including samurai armor and woodblock prints. There’s always an event every season with each community doing something. During Christmas, the German community set up a Christkindlmarkt with authentic german food and games. They even have a Swiss yodeling group.

By moving to Salt Lake City, you will be more likely to go on tons of hikes. Hiking is one of the most popular things to do in Salt Lake. Ensign Peak is a simple hike and does not require much effort.

Salt Lake City is a great place, even if you’re not a Latter Day Saint. The city is safe and clean, and only minutes from breathtaking hiking trails and camping spots. The city streets are numbered and on a grid, making any address easy to find.

Elizabeth, says: 2020

Salt Lake City has a lot of variety in cuisine from dim sum to French bakery.There’s always something new to try and many options available. Salt Lake City is surrounded by the mountains. There are many outdoor activities to do, and in winter there are places to ski or snowboard. The city has a grid system for its streets. It’s easy to navigate everything because all the major streets are numbered by how far they are from the capital. It’s very efficient to travel and easy to find places because of it.

Kristina, says: 2020

Salt Lake City is an epicenter for art, education, entertainment, food, shopping, etc. Salt Lake has an amazing community, people are nice and helpful, and it is so easy to get around due to the grid system roads. Just a 25 minute drive will take one to national parks, infamous ski resorts which have “the best snow on earth”, or an amazing hike.

Carolyn, says: 2020

Prices of homes are on the rise. This is largely due to the vast and firm job market. The weather can be extreme, but it is a very beautiful city – and there is really a Great Salt Lake!

Collin, says: 2020

When visiting Salt Lake City, one should always make time to visit Gourmandise, a small, locally-owned patisserie. They offer a wide selection of treats, ranging from traditional fare to local favorites. Having recently come under new management, Gourmandise is now better than ever. Gourmandise is in the center of downtown Salt Lake City, and open daily between the hours eight AM and nine PM.

Gabriela, says: 2020

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