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Welcome to Salt Lake City

If you’re an outdoor adventurer, Salt Lake City has endless options. Famed for its proximity to some of the best skiing in the U.S., it also makes a great launch pad for spectacular landmarks such as Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and Arches National Park. Explore these sites on a scenic helicopter or plane tour or with a guided hiking excursion. For even more of a rush, try white-water rafting or riding the mountain tram over Little Cottonwood Canyon, part of the Wasatch Mountains. Explore Kennecott Copper Mine—one of the world’s largest open-pit mines—or simply spend the day floating in the salt-saturated waters of the Great Salt Lake, which is likened to the Dead Sea. Even though it’s the capital of Utah, SLC still manages to give off a small-town feel, with its friendly locals and rustic culinary scene. The city’s prominent Mormon heritage is on display at the grand cathedral in Temple Square, whose status as the headquarters of the Church of Latter Day Saints draws pilgrims (and just plain curious visitors) from around the globe. Explore the city limits by bike, Segway, or trolley; make sure you top off your day with a performance from the award-winning Mormon Tabernacle Choir; or crawl through S.L.C.'s best watering holes, which have received a boost in recent years due to the city's loosening liquors laws.

Top 15 attractions in Salt Lake City

Temple Square

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When Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, Brigham Young, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), proclaimed, “Here we will build a temple to our God.” That place eventually became known as Temple Square, the centerpiece of which is the Salt Lake Temple—the largest Mormon temple in the world.More

Utah State Capitol

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The neoclassical Utah State Capitol Building opened in 1916 and is home to the offices and chambers of the state Legislature, governor, and other government officials. The building is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and features artwork, historical items, and monuments both inside and around the grounds.More

Utah Olympic Park

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Built for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Utah Olympic Park was the site of the bobsled, skeleton, luge, ski jumping, and Nordic combined events. The park, located just outside downtown Park City, now serves as a training center for Olympic hopefuls and is a top tourist attraction for visitors and locals interested in Olympic history.More

This is the Place Heritage Park

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Utah’s This is the Place Heritage Park commemorates the arrival of Mormon pioneers who settled in the Salt Lake City valley in 1847. Experience activities such as train and pony rides, blacksmithing, and gold panning at the 450-acre (182-hectare) park’s Heritage Village, which also displays restored structures and hosts events.More

Salt Lake Tabernacle

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Completed in 1867, the Salt Lake Tabernacle is an architectural marvel famous for its remarkable acoustics: A pin dropped at the pulpit can be heard clearly at the back of the hall 170 feet (52 meters) away. Home of the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the church hosts concerts and tours that attract visitors from all over the world.More
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Great Salt Lake

Great Salt Lake

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Utah’s Great Salt Lake, the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere and the largest natural lake in North America west of the Mississippi, is the setting for some of the state’s best outdoor recreational opportunities; sailors and kayakers ply the waters, while sunbathers bask on sandy beaches and swimmers float in the high-saline waters.More

Utah's Hogle Zoo

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At the base of Emigration Canyon, Utah's Hogle Zoo is one of Salt Lake City's most popular family-friendly attractions. Its 42 acres (17 hectares) are home to more than 800 species of animal. Exhibit highlights include the Elephant Encounter, with African elephants and white rhinos, and the Asian Highlands, featuring five endangered species of Asian cat.More

Liberty Park

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Liberty Park is Salt Lake City’s oldest and liveliest city park. Located just southeast of the city center, the park features numerous playgrounds, seasonal amusement rides, a swimming pool, basketball courts, concession stands, and a popular running path. The park is also home to the Tracy Aviary, a sanctuary for rare and endangered birds from around the world.More
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Kennecott Copper Mine (Bingham Canyon Mine)

Kennecott Copper Mine (Bingham Canyon Mine)

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The second-largest copper producer in the United States, the century-old Kennecott Copper Mine (aka the Bingham Canyon Mine) provides about a quarter of America’s copper needs, as well as gold, silver, and molybdenum. The impressive open pit, which is is still growing, is said to be visible from space.More

Clark Planetarium

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Salt Lake City’s Clark Planetarium promotes greater public awareness of the sciences by creating educational experiences that inspire wonder and curiosity. Tons of free interactive exhibits, curated IMAX screening, laser light shows, and intergalactic adventures in the Dome make the natural world, space, and beyond accessible to all.More
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Park City Mountain Resort

Park City Mountain Resort

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The largest ski resort in the US, Park City Mountain Resort blooms from the quaint downtown of Park City, Utah. The park’s manicured groomers, powder bowls, and extensive terrain parks provide options for everyone from first-timers to advanced skiers. You can wrap up a day on the slopes at one of the many downtown ski-up bars and restaurants.More

Tracy Aviary

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Located inside Liberty Park in downtown Salt Lake City, Tracy Aviary is essentially a bird zoo housing hundreds of birds.Founded in 1938 when a local man donated his collection of birds to the city, Tracy Aviary eventually became not only a place where people could come see more than 135 bird species but also an organization dedicated to conservation work. It's the oldest bird park in the United States, today housing 400 birds.In addition to all of the birds visitors can see, there are also several different bird shows and demonstrations that happen daily, including feeding a flock of Sun Conures or Pelicans, and listening to keepers talking about various birds. A mill built in 1852 is in one part of Tracy Aviary, and it's the oldest commercial building in Utah.More

Red Butte Garden

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A natural oasis set on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, Red Butte Garden blankets the foothills in blossoms, plant displays, and hiking trails. The 100-acre (40-hectare) garden is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West, and it is best known for its magnificent spring bulb blooms and educational water-conservation garden.More

Joseph Smith Memorial Building

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Formerly the lavish Hotel Utah, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building is now a social center for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Named after the church’s founder, the Salt Lake City building acts as the welcome center for Temple Square and features the Legacy Theater, which regularly shows church-produced films.More

Leonardo Museum

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Opened in 2011 on Salt Lake City’s Library Square, this museum of science, art, and technology is named after Leonardo da Vinci, Italy's famous painter, mathematician, and inventor. Its mission is to inspire visitors to explore the creative side of science and technology through interactive exhibits.More

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If you get a chance to visit Salt Lake City, make sure to book a guide bus tour.
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Wonderful tour and a good way to see the city.
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Melissa_C, Sep 2021
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This was the perfect way to see the important sights of Salt Lake City in a half day.
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Vic B, Aug 2015
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What a wonderful way to see this beautiful city!
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I was delighted it last so long. So...
JoAnn M, Oct 2015
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So much to see and was much enjoyable.
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Kathleen_M, May 2021
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The best way to see Salt Lake City.
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Thomas_S, Mar 2021
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We covered all the main attractions and had unique experiences at each one.
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Johanna_K, Nov 2019
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A very interesting tour of Salt Lake City, with much to see in both the city centre and the tabernacle.
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This was an excellent tour. Just...
Paul K, Jun 2014
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It was a great way to see the special attractions of Salt Lake city.
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I really enjoyed this tour. It...
Philip M, Jul 2016
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This may not be possible, but when visiting the capitol building, it would have been nice to be able to see the legislative chambers.
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Robert J S, Jul 2017
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It gave us many ideas as to what we wanted to see more in depth during our stay.
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WilliamH_L, Jul 2016
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I highly recommend this tour for anybody who wants to see a lot and learn a lot in a few hours.
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Very nice bus tour of Salt Lake...
Robert P, Sep 2017
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We got very nice seats and were very happy to have the opportunity to visit the old Tabernacle.
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We had enough time in each location to visit and learn.
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My husband and I both loved our Salt...
Mary L, Mar 2016
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We were fortunate enough to see the Mormon Tabernacle choir and orchestra.
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To see so much of Salt Lake City in...
Amy M, Jun 2014
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To see so much of Salt Lake City in less than a day was great, and our guide Glen had so much insider knowledge that enhanced the whole experience.
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Robert H, Aug 2015
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We were able to see everything that the tour promised and enjoyed lunch before continuing the final sites on the itinerary.
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What is Salt Lake City famous for?

The Utah capital of Salt Lake City is famously associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—and Temple Square is home to many key Mormon landmarks. The city hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics and is renowned for its ski resorts and proximity to the Great Salt Lake.

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How do I spend a day in Salt Lake City?

If you have just one day in Salt Lake City, begin in the central Temple Square, where you can see famous Mormon landmarks like the Salt Lake Temple and Salt Lake Tabernacle. After swinging by the state capitol, continue to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts or Clark Planetarium.

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What is there to do in Salt Lake City besides skiing?

For an outdoorsy experience in Salt Lake City without strapping on a pair of skis, head to the Great Salt Lake, or venture farther afield to explore the Bonneville Salt Flats. Alternatively, discover other nearby state parks, or, in summer, go hiking in the mountains just outside of town.

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What tourist attractions are in Salt Lake City?

Salt Lake City has many tourist attractions. In addition to the Temple Square landmarks—including Salt Lake Temple and Salt Lake Tabernacle—the city boasts the Utah State Capitol, and museums such as Natural History Museum of Utah, This is the Place Heritage Park, and Beehive House (former home of Brigham Young).

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What do locals do in Salt Lake City?

Salt Lake City locals are outdoorsy types, and you'll likely find them hiking in the mountains near town in summer (and skiing in winter). The Salt Lake Farmers Market is a weekend favorite, while the hip 9th and 9th neighborhood is a draw for its shops and restaurants.

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Is Salt Lake City worth visiting?

Yes. Salt Lake City is worth visiting. Outdoorsy types love its access to nature, while history buffs appreciate its wealth of historical landmarks (and the grand Utah State Capitol). The city's many museums offer a dose of family-friendly culture, and its buzzing shops and restaurants cater to youthful crowds.

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