Not sure what you’d like to know. Within walking or easy biking range there’s lots of stuff. Multiple microbreweries, old (not European old, obv) churches, the LDS world headquarters, the supposedly haunted Peery Hotel, where one of Brigham Young’s wives ran away to when she got tired of his bullshit, the Utah Jazz arena, movie/stage theaters, a big downtown mall, Abravenal (symphony concert) Hall, multiple hospitals (if I get hit by a truck I hope they take me to the U), grocery stores and state liquor stores. Also lots of nearby hiking and mountain biking trails, including the Bonneville shoreline trail. Occasionally there’s a decent protest going at the capitol. This pic was the day after a climate change protest where they built small snowmen (the global warming killed some of them):
Within an hour’s drive, there’s lots of skiing. Some destination resorts, but also smaller places favored by the locals. I haven’t been in a while. Too expensive. The resort towns like Park City can be interesting. And there’s the Sundance Film Festival that happens there, though some of that takes actually takes place down here in SLC.
There’s no gambling, not even the lottery, unless you’re into home-game poker. You can go to Wendover in Nevada about 90 minutes away, or Vegas, about 8 hours by car.
Btw, in case you think I’m exaggerating the air pollution problem, this pic is from earlier this winter:
Admittedly this was a particularly bad day, but the sun is about to set behind mountains you can normally see clearly but here barely know they’re there. There’s a whole damn city beyond the tall buildings. Currently, we’re having a fight over a planned inland port that would make this even worse.
The population is pretty white. There are small but significant groups of Hispanics and Asians. Very few black people. I remember it was quite an occasion after Katrina when ~100 or so mostly black people came here from New Orleans. They seemed to like it here. Most of the black people I’ve met here were students I tutored, but then I don’t meet many people these days. The LGBTQ community is pretty active here. The city is surprisingly progressive. Some politics junkies may have been aware of the mayor during the Bush years, Rocky Anderson. The current mayor is a woman, as was the previous mayor. The last GOP mayor left office in 1974. I guess this really pisses off most of the rest of the state.