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USA American Travel: 48 Hours in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA – Itinerary

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If you only have 48 hours in Salt Lake City, Utah explore downtown’s highlights. This guide is suited for travelers who may be passing through the city prior to departing for Park City, are in the area for a conference, or using the area as a passthrough point into the great outdoors.

Itinerary Insights

  • Two day, one night trip
  • No rental car required
  • All ages

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Map of Destinations

Day 1

Fly into Salt Lake City

Lyft/Uber/Taxi from airport to downtown hotel (10 minutes)

Coffee at The Rose Establishment

The Rose Establishment is a local favorite due to presentation, taste, and environment. They offer vegan, gluten free and alternative milk options. Locals use the space as an event and weddings venue.

Try the Cauliflower Sandwich (roasted cauliflower, beet butter, pickled onion, greens, house-made chimichurri, apple, on toasted five-seed bread, served with greens) and Chai with Cashew milk.

Visit Clark Planetarium

Clark Planetarium offers many ways to learn about space, including educational outreach, hands-on exhibits, on-site programming, and IMAX movies.

Walk through Salt Lake City Public Library

This 240,000 square-foot architectural wonder was designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie. The six-story curving, walkable wall looks over the public plaza, with shops and services at the ground level. The library houses 500,000 books and other materials. The The Rooftop Terrace offers a 360-degree view of the Salt Lake Valley. Check out the fourth floor’s spiraling fireplaces on four floors.

Lunch at Bolt Cutter

This beloved vegan restaurant opened in 2017 and offers drool worthy food including wraps, tacos, burritos, and bowls. Bolt Cutter uses vegan cheese and creams and substitutes meat with jackfruit.

Ice cream at Monkeywrench

Next door to Boltcutter is Monkeywrench, a vegan ice cream haven. In the colder months, enjoy a coffee from their full cafe.

Learn about Salt Lake City’s history at Temple Square & drop by The Tabernacle

Salt Lake City was founded in 1847 by a group of pioneers led by Brigham Young looking for a place to freely practice their religion. As these pioneers drew up plans for the city, they created a grid system with the city center at Temple Square.

Day 2

Map of locations

Play at The Leonardo

The Leonardo’s exhibits offer immersive experiences designed around fascinating subjects from the perspectives of science, technology, engineering, art and math. 

Coffee at Salt Lake Roasting Co.

Salt Lake Roasting Co. founder and owner, John Bolton, is committed to delivering Salt Lake fantastic coffee and creating an environment of learning surrounding the trade.

The company’s website also serves as a travel blog to document Bolton’s journeys to find coffee beans across the globe. His vision “Grow it right. Buy it right. Roast it right. Brew it right.” brings coffee aficionados, students, travelers and business people together at Salt Lake Roasting Co.

Explore the Natural History Museum of Utah

With a slogan like, “explore a billion of years of awesome,” you can’t help but feel intrigued.

Permanent exhibitions include Land, a journey through three distinct physiographic regions formed over millions of years, Poetry Path, a project to humanize the language of science through poetry, and Great Salt Lake, an interactive exhibit to discover the remnants of ancient Lake Bonneville.

The museum’s architecture is a sight to behold.

Visit The King’s English Bookshop

This independent bookstore is both charming and cozy. With curated staff picks to selections from local authors for all genres, it’s a space where you can find your next favorite read.

[Late] Lunch at Zest Kitchen & Bar

This 100% gluten-free, vegan restaurant has been rated as one of Utah’s finest. The full-service bar tips its hat to sustainable, organic, vegan, and biodynamic practices used in restaurant’s food. Interesting elixirs include beet sangria, berry lavender lemonade and their signature drink with organic green juice, local gin & green chartreuse.

The Cuban BBQ Jackfruit tacos are delicious.

Depart Salt Lake City


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