Ty Burrell Love Letter Stirs Up the Love in Salt Lake

Undergoing an exciting cultural Renaissance, Salt Lake City is standing on the precipice of some serious popularity. Look no further for proof than Ty Burrell's recent Love Letter to Salt Lake City. We happen to agree with Ty. We also love Salt Lake. (Hopefully that won't make this awkward.) 

With so much attention, it's a good thing we're not shy. Since being elevated into a global spotlight with the 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City has been confidently going about its business, keeping things tidy and welcoming for our visitors.

In the spirit of the Ty Burrell Love Letter, we've assembled a few things we love about our city, and that we'd love to share to with you

Slideshow: 10 Things Salt Lake Loves to Share With its Visitors

Backyard Mountain Recreation

From the expansive Bonneville Shoreline Trail to diverse recreation on the Wasatch National Forest, Salt Lake throws the ultimate backyard parties. Photo by Douglas Pulsipher...

Salt Lake's Perfect Manhattan

Whether Ty Burrell's cool Bar-X and Beer Bar, the historic ambiance of Whiskey Street or Copper Common's intimate setting, craft mixology is blooming in Salt Lake....

A Full Lineup of Outdoor Concerts

Join tens of thousands at the Salt Lake City Art Council's Twilight Concert Series. $5 admission for Wu Tang Clan, Beck and other leading acts. Photo by Dave Brewer...

A Farm-to-Table Experience

Now 22 years in the making, the Downtown Farmers and Craft Market continually surprises visitors with its range of food and wares....

Our Professional Performing Artists

Award-winning Ballet West rounds out Salt Lake's complete package of professional companies that includes an opera and symphony. Photo by Luke Isley....

World-Class Food Production

Think: Creminelli salamis, High West Whiskey, Snowy Mountain Sheep Creamery and a crazy high concentration of award-winning fine chocolate. Photo by David Vogel...

Access to Passionate Professional Sports

Roadside at America's Toughest Stage Race, the Tour of Utah, or courtside for the Utah Jazz, Utah is the State of Sport, and Salt Lake is at its epicenter....

Our Love of the Arts

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and Utah Museum of Fine Arts lead a local passion for arts that comes alive during frequent gallery strolls and The Utah Arts Festival....

Unique Shopping

Between the massive City Creek Center retail development and the eclectic main street storefronts, downtown Salt Lake is an open marketplace. Photo by John McCarthy...

Our Pioneer Heritage

In addition to the stunning 35 acres of Temple Square of the LDS Church, the Family History Library annually welcomes thousands into its leading research facility....


Of course, these 10 lovely things only tell part of the story:

Quality of Life 

Incredible outdoor recreation exists literally in our backyard, with access to extensive trails, mountain biking, cycling, climbing and vast stretches of national forest and designated Wilderness Areas whose trail heads can be found just minutes from home. Great neighborhoods abut a clean and vibrant downtown where business has never been better and employment figures are among the best in the nation.

Dining and Nightlife 

Downtown's blossoming nightlife is headlined by a number of dedicated local breweries and distinctive farm-to-table restaurants. 

A cocktail revival spurred by Ty Burrell and his team means you not only can get a drink in Salt Lake, you can get a really great drink.

Music, Theater and Dance

As the biggest city in the Intermountain West, Salt Lake is an important stop for national acts on tour and nurtures a prominent local music scene.

Few cities of comparable size can boast a professional symphony, opera, ballet and multiple theater companies, and several summer outdoor concert series serve up a wide array of open air entertainment.

It's all part of a little love letter from Salt Lake, to you.

Still not convinced? Here's a few dozen more reasons from a bunch of thought leaders why Salt Lake is totally crackerjack.