Salt Lake City

Start with a stroll around the city center, making sure to stop at the architecturally impressive Temple Square, the heart of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Within blocks, you’ll find museums, theaters, historic buildings, and shopping havens, including the Gateway and Center outdoor malls. Then, branch out into the surrounding neighborhoods to capture more of the flavor of the city.

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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  • 1. Liberty Park

    East Side | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Salt Lake's oldest park contains a wealth of intriguing amenities, including the Tracy Aviary, the Chase Home Museum, several playgrounds, a...Read More

  • 2. Millcreek Canyon

    Trail

    Running parallel to and just north of Big Cottonwood Canyon, this lush mountain canyon east of Millcreek and the Salt Lake County Parks office...Read More

  • 3. Natural History Museum of Utah

    University of Utah | Museum/Gallery

    Stop and admire the sleek copper and granite form of this contemporary museum on the University of Utah campus before stepping inside to learn...Read More

  • 4. Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

    University of Utah | Garden

    With more than 100 acres of gardens and undeveloped acres, this tranquil, mesmerizing nature space provides many enjoyable hours of strolling...Read More

  • 5. Salt Lake City Public Library

    Downtown | Library/Archive

    Designed by Moshe Safdie and built in 2003, this spectacular contemporary structure has become the city's cultural center and one of the country...Read More

  • 6. Salt Lake Temple

    Temple Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Although the interior is closed as of this writing for renovation through 2024, this centerpiece and spiritual capital of the Church of Jesus...Read More

  • 7. Utah State Capitol

    Capitol Hill | Government Building

    The State Capitol, built in 1912, hosts Utah's legislature annually from January to March. The exterior steps offer marvelous views of the Salt...Read More

  • 8. Beehive House

    Temple Square | Historic Home

    Brigham Young's home was constructed in 1854 and is topped with a replica of a beehive, symbolizing industry. Inside are many original furnishings...Read More

  • 9. Cathedral of the Madeleine

    The Avenues | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Although the Salt Lake Temple just to the west is Salt Lake's most prominent religious landmark, this 1909 cathedral stands high above the city...Read More

  • 10. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Conference Center

    Temple Square | Convention Center

    Completed in 2000, this massive center features a 21,000-seat auditorium with a 7,708-pipe organ and a 900-seat theater. Equally impressive...Read More

  • 11. City Creek Center

    Downtown | Store/Mall

    The centerpiece of a $1 billion downtown redevelopment across from Temple Square, this attractive outdoor mall has brought upscale shopping...Read More

  • 12. Clark Planetarium

    Downtown | Observatory

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

  • 13. Discovery Gateway Children's Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    The region's premier children's museum, geared toward kids ages 2 to 10, has three floors of lively hands-on experiences. Kids can participate...Read More

  • 14. Family History Library

    Temple Square | Library/Archive

    This four-story library houses the world's largest collection of genealogical data, including books, maps, and census information. Mormons and...Read More

  • 15. Gallivan Center

    Downtown | Plaza/Square

    Sometimes dubbed Salt Lake City's "living room," the John W. Gallivan Center anchors downtown and offers an amphitheater, ice rink, and various...Read More

  • 16. Governor's Mansion

    The Avenues | Historic District/Site

    Built by silver-mining tycoon Thomas Kearns in 1902, this limestone structure—reminiscent of a French château with all its turrets and balconies...Read More

  • 17. Great Salt Lake State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The Great Salt Lake is eight times saltier than the ocean and second only to the Dead Sea in salinity. What makes it so briny? There's no outlet...Read More

  • 18. Hogle Zoo

    East Side | Zoo/Aquarium

    This 42-acre zoo, nestled at the base of Emigration Canyon, has been a delightful half-day destination for families since 1931. In the African...Read More

  • 19. Joseph Smith Memorial Building

    Temple Square | Historic District/Site

    Previously the Hotel Utah, this stately 1911 building is now owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Inside you...Read More

  • 20. Kindig It Design

    Millcreek | Museum/Gallery

    Having earned a cult following as the star of Motortrend TV's long-running show Bitchin' Rides, Dave Kindig's custom auto design and restoration...Read More

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