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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Beehive House

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Brigham Young's home, a national historic landmark, was constructed in 1854 and is topped with a replica of a beehive, symbolizing industry...

Cathedral of the Madeleine

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Although the Mormon Temple just to the west is Salt Lake's most prominent religious landmark, this red Romanesque cathedral stands high...

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Conference Center

  • Convention Center

Completed in 2000, this massive center features a 21,000-seat auditorium and an 850-seat theater. Equally impressive are the rooftop...

City Creek Center

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The centerpiece of a $1 billion downtown redevelopment across from Temple Square in 2012, City Creek has brought luxury shopping to the...

City and County Building

  • Government Building

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Romanesque red-sandstone, castle-like seat of city government was the city's...

Clark Planetarium

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With an array of free hands-on exhibits and state-of-the-art 3D and IMAX theaters, Clark Planetarium is an appealing, affordable family...

Discovery Gateway

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The region's premier children's museum has three floors of lively hands-on experiences. Kids can participate in a television newscast,...

EnergySolutions Arena

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The home arena for the NBA Utah Jazz seats approximately 20,000. Concerts, rodeos, ice shows, and other events are also held here. An...

Family History Library

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Genealogy is important to Mormons. This four-story library houses the world's largest collection of genealogical data, including books,...

Fort Douglas Military Museum

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Named in honor of Illinois senator Stephen A. Douglas, the fort was established in 1862, officially to guard mail and telegraph routes...

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