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Unless you are a fan of Mormon crafts and literature, the state of Utah doesn’t offer visitors a great deal of special locally-made products. The shopping scene here is like that of every other state in America. Big shopping malls dominate, while downtown districts contain a decent smattering of independent stores. Salt Lake City’s main spot is the Gateway, an enormous open-air retail and entertainment center that covers two city blocks. It’s definitely a pleasant place to walk around, eat, and catch a movie. More than 90 stores are at the Gateway, and the open-air atmosphere is wonderful during the warm months. There is a growing art scene in Salt Lake, evident in the number of art galleries scattered around the downtown area like Phillips Gallery that represents over 100 artists, many of whom are Utah natives.

Little Park City has a surprisingly eclectic range of shops along its Main Street and side avenues. Let the historic Main Street Trolley ferry you up and down Park City’s main drag, which is filled with boutiques, art galleries, and other interesting shops. Nothing is cheap here, though compared to other ski towns like Aspen the prices may seem very reasonable. The best deals in Park City are at the Tanger Factory Outlets, a collection of 60 brand name retailers like Nike and Old Navy that sell their products at deeply discounted prices.

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