Urban Exploration

2018 Location | Minneapolis, MN

The Downtown Alliance believes we can learn a great deal from the successes and shortcomings of other downtowns throughout the country. For this reason, we created the Urban Exploration program in 2013, bringing city leaders and public and private sector stakeholders in downtown Salt Lake City together to learn about the best practices of other cities.

The Urban Exploration program is a working trip focused on building relationships and inspiring innovation in downtown Salt Lake City. We are currently working to strategically select projects in Minneapolis that correlate to emerging initiatives and issues in downtown Salt Lake City.

The fourth annual Urban Exploration Trip will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The trip is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18th through Saturday, April 21st, 2018. Participants should expect to arrive in Minneapolis for the start of the program by 5:30PM on Wednesday, April 18th.

Registration | Please click HERE to register.

The registration fee for the Urban Exploration trip is $2500 and that includes all programmed activities and meals during the formal trip itinerary, hotel room for 3 nights, staffing, briefing materials and public transportation in Minneapolis. Trip participants are responsible for airfare, extra hotel nights and meals before/after formal trip itinerary. The deadline to obtain the $2,500 rate is March 1st, 2018. After March 1st, the fee will be $2,800.

Registration or sponsorship questions? Contact Nancy Le at  or 801-364-3631. 

Cancellation Policy | Partial refunds of registration and guest fees will be granted if written notification is given by March 1st, 2018. Please contact  

Important Dates:
Sept 13th - March 1st | Application Forms accepted.
March 1st | Final date to reserve $2,500 rate.
April 18th-21st | Urban Exploration | Minneapolis, MN

Previous Trips

2014 Location | NYC The most populous city in the United States, New York City is an urban metropolis like none other. It is the world center for culture and innovation, science and technology, proximity and efficiency. We invite urban exploration participants to learn from various districts in New York City. From Lower Manhattan's thriving tech startup scene to Brooklyn's robust wayfinding and urban design programs, New York is at the forefront of urban renewal and advancement. This trip will provide unparalleled opportunities for downtown Salt Lake City innovators to build relationships and be inspired to achieve our local vision of building a dynamic and diverse community that is the regional center for culture, commerce and entertainment. 

2017 Location | Boston Explore our blog to see day 1 and day 2 of our Boston trip. Highlights include the Boston Public Market, Fort Point Redevelopment, The Greenway and more. 

2016 Location | San Francisco Take a look at our blog to see day 1 and day 2 of our Bay Area trip. Highlights include the Ferry Building Public Market, urban placeholders in Hayes Valley and more. 

2015 Location | Chicago Check out our blog to see day 1 and day 2 of our Chicago trip. Highlights include Millennium Park, co-working spaces, the 606 neighborhood, street murals, river cruise and more.