Salt Lake City

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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  • 1. Natural History Museum of Utah

    University of Utah | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 2. Red Butte Garden and Arboretum

    University of Utah | Garden/Arboretum

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

  • 3. The Leonardo

    Downtown | 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 item for...Read More

  • 4. Clark Planetarium

    Downtown | Observatory/Planetarium

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

  • 5. Discovery Gateway

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 6. Gateway Mall

    Downtown | Store/Shop/Mall

    Just west of downtown Salt Lake, Gateway is an all-in-one family destination with shopping, dining, movie theaters, museums, and a music venue...Read More

  • 7. Hogle Zoo

    East Side | Zoo/Aquarium

    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 half-day...Read More

  • 8. Liberty Park

    East Side | Park (National/State/Provincial)

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

  • 9. Salt Lake City Main Library

    Downtown | Library/Archive

    Few libraries in America can match the soaring architectural excitement of the main library in Salt Lake City's system. Designed by Moshe Safdie...Read More

  • 10. This Is the Place Heritage Park

    East Side | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 11. Tracy Aviary

    East Side | 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 features...Read More

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