About Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, with its bluebird skies and snow-capped mountains, is Utah’s capital city. With a population of 1.2 million, it still has the feel of a small-town. Downtown, where the Salt Palace Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City are located, is easy to get around and fairly quiet come evening. It is a place where elevation meets aspiration. A modern city with every urban amenity set minutes away from spectacular mountains. A destination where you can experience the unique blend of traditional and progressive.
Salt is the central theme of the city. Its name comes from the high-salinity Great Salt Lake nearby. It is also the spiritual home of the Mormons, a Christian denomination whose idea of being “salt of the earth” has deeply touched lives. And just like salt adds flavor to food, the city makes life more interesting thanks to its variety of attractions.
For culture and learning, the highly-rated Natural History Museum of Utah is a must see. Liberty Park and City Creek Center, are for outdoors activities and amazing shopping. Foodies find much to love among the multitude of international and organic dining options. There is truly something for everyone in this welcoming and friendly city.
“Salt Lake City — and the valley — is very lush. We’re really, really close to outdoor recreation from our urban environment.”
– Ashley Cleveland, City Planner and Salt Lake Local
Places to Visit
The Natural Museum of Utah
Natural History Museum of Utah, founded in 1969, is a fantastic museum detailing the natural history of the state of Utah. If you want to visit fascinating historical, natural, and cultural attractions within the city, this museum is one of your best choices. Nestled in the foothills above Salt Lake City, the Museum’s home—the Rio Tinto Center—is an architectural wonder that houses 163,000 square feet of breathtaking exhibitions exploring billions of years of natural history.
Twelve permanent exhibitions, explore billions of years of Utah’s incredible natural history. Exhibitions include Native Voices, featuring indigenous peoples’ cultures and natural history, Past Worlds, taking you millions of years into the past to the time of dinosaurs. Utah is one of the world’s richest areas for dinosaur-fossil discovery, and the museum’s impressive exhibits of skeletal giant reptiles from the past make it a must-stop. First Peoples, The story of Great Basin’s prehistoric peoples is told while putting visitors in the shoes of archaeologists who use science to interpret the past.
The Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and remains open until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Liberty Park is the oldest and second-largest public park in Salt Lake City with 80-acre. Mulberry, cottonwood, and other trees make this one of the shadiest parks in the city. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as is the Isaac Chase Mill (the oldest commercial building still standing in Utah) on the park grounds. Near the mill, you’ll find the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts, where traditional artists from diverse Utah communities share crafts, dance, and music.
The park is also home to the Tracy Aviary, a bird sanctuary, home to over 300 birds from around the world, including many that are endangered or extinct in the wild. Enjoy interactive bird shows, keeper demonstrations, roaming animal encounters, and over a dozen nature play opportunities while you explore 8 acres of themed exhibits and botanical gardens.
Weekly drum circles, summer farmers’ markets, and the Seven Canyons fountain and splash pad, modeled after the canyons that flow into the Salt Lake valley from the Wasatch mountains are other attractions Libetrty park has to offer.
It is a spacious city park with walking/running paths, swimming pool, tennis courts, paddle boats, children’s amusement park, playground, picnic facilities, and plenty of room for recreation or relaxation.
Located in downtown Salt Lake City, Temple Square is one of the most famous sights and popular attractions in Utah. Covering 35 acres, it’s filled with a variety of things to see and do. All tours at Temple Square are free, so check out some of the best things at Temple Square.
The Temple Square Tour is led by missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is the perfect introduction to Temple Square and the Mormon heritage. Tours are available In-person or Live Virtual. You can book your tour online and choose from 40 languages!
The Salt Lake Temple holds the spotlight on the square. The temple is constructed of quartz monzonite sourced from Little Cottonwood Canyon, located 20 miles away. Although the Salt Lake Temple took 40 years to complete, the area surrounding the temple became the center of the city. Salt Lake’s gridded street system places Temple Square as its origin; each address is an indication of how many blocks north, south, east or west that address is from Temple Square.
The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square is composed of 360 volunteers and has performed in the Salt Lake Tabernacle for over 100 years. It has also performed across the country and in 28 foreign countries, from acclaimed concert halls to inaugurations of U.S. presidents. The Tabernacle houses an organ, consisting of 11,623 pipes, which usually accompanies the choir.
More Places to Visit Around Salt Lake City
Escape the heat of the city and visit this gorgeous mountain resort. Located in Little Cottonwood Canyon, only a short drive from Salt Lake City, Snowbird offers a variety of summer activities, including a scenic tram ride, hiking, mountain biking, alpine slides, swimming, dining, and more.
Scenic Tram Ride & Rooftop Balcony
Enjoy breathtaking 360-degree views with a Summer Scenic Tram Ride, taking passengers along a 1.6-mile cable and up 2,900 vertical feet during the 13-minute trip to the top of Hidden Peak. At the top, you can enjoy refreshments at The Summit and take a photo with the Salt Lake Valley, Twin Peaks and Mt. Baldy as your backdrop.
Snowbird’s extensive network of trails provides many opportunities for outdoor enjoyment. Whether you are exploring right from the Snowbird Center, enjoying the wildflowers in Mineral Basin or walking down after an Aerial Tram ride to Hidden Peak, you’ll find hiking in the Wasatch Mountains to be a rewarding experience.
The Cliff Spa
Enjoy this ultimate mountain spa experience, below the peaks of Mount Superior. Stunning views from an outdoor rooftop with a pool and hot tub on heated decks. The gas-fed fire pits make for a hotel spa session like no other. Make reservations for manicures and facials or stone massages and body wraps.
Utah Olympic Park
Utah Olympic Park was built for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games. It is located 25 miles east of Salt Lake City in Park City. The venue is almost 400 acre and home to one of only four sliding tracks in North America, six Nordic ski jumps, a 2002 Winter Games museum, and a multitude of adventure activities including bob-sledding, rope-courses, zip-lines and scenic chair-lift rides.
The best way to explore the venue and learn about the amazing stories of Olympic achievement is to take a guided tour. The one-hour tour includes a shuttle bus ride to the top of the world’s highest Nordic ski jumps and one of the fastest sliding tracks in the world. The guides will inform, explain and entertain with stories about the Olympic Games – and some of the more peculiar tales of the Utah Olympic Park.
The Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center within the Utah Olympic Park, houses both the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum. The museums highlights the history of all skiing disciplines in the region and includes athletic equipment used during the games. The museum can be experienced through touch screen displays, videos, a virtual reality ski theater, games and topographical maps. The 2002
This Is The Place Heritage Park
This is the Place Heritage Park is a Utah State Park, located on the east side of Salt Lake City. Dedicated to the arrival of the Mormons in 1847, the park covers 450 acres.
The centerpiece is a living-history village, Pioneer Village, representing an early settlement in the Utah territory with 50 some historic homes either re-located from their original site or reconstructed for use in the park.
You can also visit the new Native American Village and see the largest teepee in America.
This is the Place Monument is a sixty feet high and eighty-six feet long granite structure. It memorializes, in bronze sculptures, the Mormon pioneers as well as the traders, trappers, explorers, and others who were an important part in the development of the West.
The park offers many activities, including panning for gold, mini train rides with guided tours, pony rides and a petting corral, learn about Utah’s mining history, see a blacksmith, a tinsmith, a “spinster,” and Utah’s Heritage Quilt Display.
The Huntsman Grill, originally the Huntsman Hotel in Fillmore, Utah, one of the finest hotels in the Territory, offers food and delicious soft serve ice cream.
Salt Lake City Dining
Dining in Salt Lake City has earned a reputation for excellence that is well deserved, thanks to its blend of international flavors and local specialties. Many restaurants go beyond traditional cuisine, adding distinct twists that have become a Salt Lake trademark. Funeral potatoes, fry sauce and pastrami burgers are just a few of Utah’s contributions to the culinary world.
Over the past decade, Salt Lake has become a legitimate destination for food lovers, with award-winning restaurants, minimalist cafés, and trendy bars. In this mountain-ringed city, you can taste flavors from all over the world, sample small plates, or share family portions in every neighborhood.
A list of Yelp’s best-reviewed Salt Lake restaurants as presented by Visit Salt Lake can be found here.
Throughout recent years, Utah has been modernizing its liquor laws. Given the state’s past, the alcohol landscape of today is worlds different than it’s traditionally been. Some liquor laws in Utah are just like everywhere else. For more information, click here.
TO DO IN UTAH
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WELCOME TO SALT LAKE CITY
Welcome to a place where elevation meets aspiration. A modern city with every urban amenity set minutes away from spectacular mountains. A place for open minds and fresh perspectives. Experience our unique blend of traditional and progressive.