salt lake city 139714 960 720Experience a stylish getaway in this mountain town and often glanced over on a map – sits nestled against snow-capped mountains and is sure to quicken the pulse of any nature lover. In Utah’s capital, you’ll find a thriving restaurant and bar culture, despite the state’s history of quirky liquor laws. While “The City of Saints” may have earned its reputation (and nickname) from its religious roots, Salt Lake’s affordability and rapid growth have transformed it into the “West’s best-kept secret”.

During the summertime (especially for mostly Brazilians) it should be a great option weekend getaway if you live in California, Nevada, or Arizona. A quick trip to this effortlessly cool destination can cost you only $300 – plus a few bucks for gas and if you drive from these states.

You can enjoy much of what it has to offer, including local gems, modern food, and stunning vistas in all directions. Let us suggest a possible itinerary for a memorable weekend on the budget.

To stay, although not as regal as its palatial counterpart The Grand America Hotel, The Little America Hotel offers amenities such as an indoor-outdoor pool, a business center and affordable room rates – as low as $109 a night in a close-to-everything, walkable downtown location –

To eat snag some breakfast at The Park Café, a Utah institution that serves elevated diner fare for less than $10 a plate! You can help yourself to a complimentary mug of hot coffee while you wait for a table and stroll nearby Liberty Park afterward to walk off your meal –

Salt Lake City does local really well, and Beltex Meats is no exception. The sustainable butcher sells a delicious range of locally sourced, ethically raised meats. For $10, pick up some charcuterie to go and have a picnic at the Liberty Park we also mention above –

A location to have a great time while drinking a craft bear on the budget? You are covered! Get a craft beer for $3 at Fisher’s Brewing Co. In California is almost impossible to get a craft beer at a bar for less than $6. Here is affordable and delicious making it a special stop –

To relax journey up breathtaking Little Cottonwood Canyon to reach The Cliff Spa at Snowbird Resort, where you’ll find big luxury with a small price tag. For $35, you get access to the locker room, sauna, and eucalyptus steam room. Take a complimentary yoga class and layout by the rooftop pool with unbeatable views of the Wasatch Mountains. Other spa services can be purchased at an additional cost. Check

red butte garden amphitheatre emptyTo dine make a reservation in advance to score a table at The Copper Onion, where you’ll find locally sourced New American cuisine to rival anything you’d find in a coastal city. Dinner with wine will run about $40 per person.

The best place to seen nature, head up to Red Butte Garden. t’s a seemingly endless labyrinth of paths and plant life with a view of the city. Do you like to hike? Hikes up in the Wasatch Range – 20min drive from downtown. t’s incredible how quickly you can get out of the city and into solitude there. If you have kids, try the Natural History Museum of Utah. It has an incredible display of the dinosaur population that used to live in Utah!

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