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

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...

Museum of Church History and Art

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The museum houses a variety of artifacts and works of art relating to the history and doctrine of the Mormon faith, including personal...

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

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

Pioneer Memorial Museum

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Covering the pioneer era from the departure of the Mormons from Nauvoo, Illinois, to the hammering of the Golden Spike, this massive...

Rio Grande Depot

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This 1910 depot was built to compete with the showy Union Pacific Railroad Depot three blocks north. It houses the Rio Grande Café and...

The Leonardo

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

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...

Salt Lake Art Center

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You'll find art to challenge your senses and sensibilities at this art center where the mission is to explore contemporary issues through...

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