Salt Lake City
When your laid-back mountain town is frequently compared to higher-profile cities like Austin and Seattle, someone has to be doing something right. Contrary to popular belief, SLC’s cultural scene is not all Mormon, all the time; less than half of the city’s residents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, though any visit to town should include Temple Square—home to LDS Church headquarters and site of museums, historic buildings, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir building. Spend an afternoon sipping coffee and shopping in the historic Sugar House neighborhood, tour the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, then explore the boutiques and restaurants at quirky Trolley Square or pack a picnic for popular Liberty Park.