Local Activities

Local Restaurants and Activities

Get to know the conference host-city of Salt Lake City through the following guide and corresponding interactive map put together by Utah Humanities. Visit restaurants, historic buildings, art galleries, performing arts centers, coffee shops, bookstores, and other items of interest all within a short walk or drive away from the conference hotel. Within each tab is a list of items corresponding with the tab category that lists the places from closest to furthest from the hotel.

Also, don’t forget to check out Mapping SLC, a community-driven resource and archive of Salt Lake City’s neighborhoods and people that documents the city’s changes through art, critical and creative literature, personal maps, and multi-media projects.


Walk & Talk Destinations


Coffee Shops


Thank you to Utah Humanities for providing a list of recommended restaurants within walking distance, or worth a short drive, from the conference hotel. The restaurants are organized by distance from the hotel and include websites, phone numbers, costs, and other information.

Copies will also be available at the registration desk during the conference.

Need to stretch your legs, breathe some fresh air, get out of the hotel? Grab a new or old friend and continue your conversation while seeing something notable in Salt Lake City.

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
7 Minute Walk from Hotel
Since 1931, UMOCA has been a strong voice for examining today’s world through new aesthetic mediums. Exhibitions vary and admission is free, though a $5.00 donation is suggested.
Address: 20 S West Temple
Telephone: (801) 355-2787

Utah Artists Hands Gallery
10 Minute Walk from Hotel
Representing over 100 artists and artwork exclusively from Utah, there are some great souvenirs to be scooped up from this gallery.
Address: 163 E Broadway
Telephone: (801) 355-0206

Salt Lake City and County Building
12 Minute Walk from Hotel
This beautiful sandstone Richardsonian Romanesque building is a historic landmark and the seat of government for Salt Lake City.
Address: 451 S State Street
Telephone: (801) 535-7900

Temple Square
15 Minute Walk from Hotel
The central landmark of downtown Salt Lake City is Temple Square. Take advantage of free tours introducing you to the LDS church, or decline the tour offer and just stroll the beautiful gardens with magnificent seasonal plantings. For a free bird’s eye view of the city and surroundings, try the observation decks on the 26th floor of the Church Office Building, Monday-Friday, 9-11 am and 1-4 pm.
Address: 50 North Temple
Telephone: (801) 240-4872

LDS Church History Library & Museum
10 Minute Walk from Hotel
The LDS Church History Library & Museum boasts state of the art facilities that preserve and protect records and artifacts of the Mormon Church. Along with its collections, the museum has regular church history related exhibitions.
Address: 15 E North Temple
Telephone: (801) 240-2745

Family History Library
11 Minute Walk from Hotel
Just west of Temple Square, the experts at the Family History Library will help you trace your genealogy and connect with family across generations.
Address: 35 West Temple
Telephone: (866) 406-1830

Salt Lake City Public Library
14 Minute Walk from Hotel
East of the Salt Lake City and County building, the main branch of the library’s unique structure includes a five-story atrium known as the Urban Room. Internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie incorporated 360 degree views of the city, roof-top gardens, and a public plaza in his design. Don’t miss the long stairway to the rooftop!
Address: 210 E 400 S
Telephone: (801) 524-8200

Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
3 Minute Walk from Hotel
A hub for Salt Lake City’s emerging and established artists and organizations with three theaters and rehearsal and creative spaces for a variety of performing arts companies, including Ririe-Woodbury Dance and Repertory Dance Company.
Address: 138 W 300 S
Telephone: (801) 355-2787

Capitol Theater
3 Minute Walk from Hotel
A beautiful turn of the century (1914) performance venue for Ballet West, Utah Opera, and Broadway Across America traveling shows.
Address: 50 W 200 S

Off Broadway Theatre
5 Minute Walk from Hotel
Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, Off Broadway is home to the longest running comedy improv show in the state and regularly features parodies of popular productions.
Address: 272 S Main Street
Telephone: (801) 355-4628

Gallivan Center
6 Minute Walk from Hotel
The Gallivan Center is a quaint plaza within the city blocks of central Salt Lake City. In addition to providing a quiet spot to quickly get away from city traffic, it also serves as an event and community gathering space.
Address: 239 Main Street
Telephone: (801) 535-6110

City Creek Shopping Center
9 Minute Walk from Hotel
Located in the center of Salt Lake City, this indoor/outdoor mall boasts several retailers and restaurants. Perhaps the most refreshing aspect is the creek running through the center of the mall.
Address: 50 Main Street
Telephone: (801) 521-2012

To view more options from each category, please click here to download the full PDF of “Walk and Talk” areas by Utah Humanities.

Eborn Books
5 Minute Walk from Hotel
An eclectic mix of old and new books.
Address: 254 S. Main Street
Telephone: (801) 359-0460
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Utah Book & Magazine
6 Minute Walk from Hotel
Address: 327 S Main Street
Telephone: (801) 359-4391
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Deseret Book
10 Minute Walk from Hotel
Mostly contains Mormon Church-related items and publications.
Address: City Creek Center, 45 South Temple
Telephone: (801) 328-8191

Ken Sanders Rare Books
13 Minute Walk from Hotel
A collector’s or antiquarian’s dream.
Address: 268 S 200 E
Telephone: (801) 521-3819
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To view the full list of bookstores near the hotel, please click here.

Coffee Garden
5 Minute Walk from Hotel
Inside Eborn Books.
Address: 254 S Main Street
Telephone: (801) 364-0768

Eva’s Bakery
6 Minute Walk from Hotel
Address: 155 S Main Street
Telephone: (801) 355-3942
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Beans and Brews
8 Minute Walk from Hotel
Address: 268 S State Street
Telephone: (801) 328-4148
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8 Minute Walk from Hotel
Address: 80 S Main Street
Telephone: (801) 355-3037

8 Minute Walk from Hotel
Address: 314 West Broadway (300 S)
Telephone: (801) 366-4484
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To view the full list of coffee shops near the hotel, please click here.

Siegfried’s Delicatessen & Market
4 Minute Walk from Hotel
A German market and deli.
Address: 20 W 200 S
Telephone: (385) 355-1912

Tony Caputo’s Markey & Deli
8 Minute Walk from Hotel
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Address: 314 W 300 S
Telephone: (801) 531-8669

Harmons City Creek
12 Minute Walk from Hotel
Address: 135 E 100 S
Telephone: (801) 355-1963

To view a list of all the nearby groceries and sundries, please click here.