Salt Lake City Sights

Salt Lake City is a visitor-friendly city with a remarkable assortment of shopping, culture, and arts. Start with a stroll around the city center, devoting as much time to Temple Square, the heart of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as you desire. Within blocks, you’ll find museums, theaters, historic buildings, and shopping, including the Gateway and Center outdoor malls. Reminders

of the 2002 Winter Olympics are scattered throughout.

Then, branch out into the surrounding neighborhoods to capture more of the flavor of the city. Like most Utah municipalities, Salt Lake City is based on a grid plan that was devised by Brigham Young in the 19th century. Most street names have a directional and a numerical designation, which describes their location in relation to one of two axes. Streets with "East" or "West" in their names are east or west of (and parallel to) Main Street, which runs north–south; and "North" and "South" streets run parallel to South Temple Street.

The numbers tell how far the streets are from the axes. (For example, 200 East Street is two blocks east of Main Street.) Addresses typically include two directional references and two numerical references—320 East 200 South Street, for instance, is within the east 300 block of 200 South Street. Generally, in speech and in written addresses, abbreviations shorten these to, for example, 320 E. 200 S or South; the word "street" is never used. Three of Salt Lake's most prominent streets are named after the Mormon Temple: North Temple, South Temple, and West Temple, indicating that the streets run parallel to the north, south, and west borders of Temple Square. Main Street borders the square's east side.

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Sugar House Park

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Rolling grassy hills, athletic fields, multiple playgrounds, a creek, and a pond provide plenty of room to fly a kite or have a picnic...

Tabernacle

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The tabernacle is known as the home of the famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and its impressive organ with 11,623 pipes. Visitors can tour...

The Leonardo

  • Educational Institution

Salt Lake's first museum devoted to the convergence of science, art, and technology opened in late 2011 and has become a bucket-list...

This Is the Place Heritage Park

  • Museum Village

Brigham Young and his band of Mormon followers descended into the Salt Lake Valley here. On July 24, 1847 (now a statewide holiday that...

Tracy Aviary

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Salt Lake City's scale is family-friendly, and the Aviary is a prime example. Easily walkable for even the smallest kids, this facility...

Trolley Square

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From 1908 to 1945 this sprawling redbrick structure held nearly 150 trolleys and electric trains for the Utah Light and Railway Company.

Union Pacific Building

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This depot, built in 1909 at a cost of $300,000, is a striking monument to the importance of railroads in the settling of the West. The...

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

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Because it encompasses 74,000 square feet and more than 20 galleries, you'll be glad this modern facility has a café and a sculpture...

Utah State Capitol

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Utah's legislature meets just once a year, for 45 days from January to March. Otherwise the state's grandiose capitol can feel a little...

Visitor Centers

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The history of the Mormon Church and the Mormon pioneers' trek to Utah is outlined in a North and South Visitor's Center. Diligent missionaries...

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