Food & Nightlife

When booking a vacation to Utah, you'll have the hard choice of staying up late or getting rest for an early start on your day's adventure. Travel to a city like Salt Lake and you'll be within walking distance of multiple restaurants, galleries, venues, bars and breweries. Travel to the wilderness, and the night comes alive under endless fields of the brightest stars you've ever seen. Traveling through both? That could be a lot of late nights. Maybe you better book some time for relaxation and rejuvenation at one of Utah's acclaimed spas.

In some areas of Northern Utah's Wasatch Front, you're virtually within walking distance of the mountains as well. Downtown Salt Lake and the Capitol Building are adjacent to City Creek Canyon, which with a short walk accesses trailheads to the 100-mile-strong Bonneville Shoreline Trail and the expansive Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Return from the trail and have your pick of the city's nightlife to keep the day going strong. Logan, Ogden, Salt Lake City and Provo are all urban hubs of great dining and cultural events on the edge of mountain adventures in the northern part of the state. Utah's capital city, Salt Lake, is home to a complete package of professional performing art companies, incredible museums and professional sports, unusual for a city of its size.

Moab, St. George and Cedar City in Southern Utah, though much smaller, cater to adventure's sophisticated side with dining and cultural hotspots, including the Tony Award®-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City. And if you're heading for the national parks, monuments, recreation areas, forests and other outdoor recreation hotspots, you'll face the same basic conundrum: stay up for the Milky Way to appear in pristine night skies or crash with the setting of the sun to build energy reserves for the next day's mountain biking, hiking, whitewater rafting, trail running, rock climbing or whatever you have packed for. Perhaps no park better embraces the 24-hour day than Bryce Canyon National Park, where sunrises and sunsets battle for your attention, and evening ranger-led astronomy programs and full moon hikes keep the adventure going well into the night.

Utah's diverse nightlife, whether cultural or natural, makes for a tough choice come bedtime. We think it's a good problem to have.