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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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...

Hogle Zoo

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You'll never confuse this with the San Diego Zoo, but this 42-acre zoo nestled at the base of Emigration Canyon has been a delightful...

Liberty Park

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Salt Lake City is blessed with numerous large city parks, and Liberty Park is one of the favorites. Salt Lake's oldest park features...

Natural History Museum of Utah

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One of the most spectacular natural history museums you will find, this building grabs you from the moment you see its copper-and-granite...

Olympic Cauldron Park

  • Sports–Sight

Relive the 2002 Olympics through photographs, memorabilia, and a 10-minute film. Step outside to stand beneath the Olympic Torch, which...

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

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With more than 100 acres of gardens and undeveloped acres, the grounds here provide many pleasurable hours of strolling. Of special interest...

Sugar House Business District

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Utah pioneers tried to produce sugar out of beets at a mill here. Although sugar never made it to their tables, this is a sweet place...

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...

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

  • Zoo/Aquarium

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

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