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Welcome to Salt Lake City

If you’re an outdoor adventurer, Salt Lake City has endless options. Famed for its proximity to some of the best skiing in the U.S., it also makes a great launch pad for spectacular landmarks such as Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, and Arches National Park. Explore these sites on a scenic helicopter or plane tour or with a guided hiking excursion. For even more of a rush, try white-water rafting or riding the mountain tram over Little Cottonwood Canyon, part of the Wasatch Mountains. Explore Kennecott Copper Mine—one of the world’s largest open-pit mines—or simply spend the day floating in the salt-saturated waters of the Great Salt Lake, which is likened to the Dead Sea. Even though it’s the capital of Utah, SLC still manages to give off a small-town feel, with its friendly locals and rustic culinary scene. The city’s prominent Mormon heritage is on display at the grand cathedral in Temple Square, whose status as the headquarters of the Church of Latter Day Saints draws pilgrims (and just plain curious visitors) from around the globe. Explore the city limits by bike, Segway, or trolley; make sure you top off your day with a performance from the award-winning Mormon Tabernacle Choir; or crawl through S.L.C.'s best watering holes, which have received a boost in recent years due to the city's loosening liquors laws.

Top 10 attractions in Salt Lake City

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Great Salt Lake

Great Salt Lake

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Utah’s Great Salt Lake, the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere and the largest natural lake in North America west of the Mississippi, is the setting for some of the state’s best outdoor recreational opportunities; sailors and kayakers ply the waters, while sunbathers bask on sandy beaches and swimmers float in the high-saline waters.More
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Salt Lake Tabernacle

Salt Lake Tabernacle

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Completed in 1867, the Salt Lake Tabernacle is an architectural marvel famous for its remarkable acoustics: A pin dropped at the pulpit can be heard clearly at the back of the hall 170 feet (52 meters) away. Home of the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the church hosts concerts and tours that attract visitors from all over the world.More
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Temple Square

Temple Square

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When Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, Brigham Young, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), proclaimed, “Here we will build a temple to our God.” That place eventually became known as Temple Square, the centerpiece of which is the Salt Lake Temple—the largest Mormon temple in the world.More
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Utah Olympic Park

Utah Olympic Park

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Built for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Utah Olympic Park was the site of the bobsled, skeleton, luge, ski jumping, and Nordic combined events. The park, located just outside downtown Park City, now serves as a training center for Olympic hopefuls and is a top tourist attraction for visitors and locals interested in Olympic history.More
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Kennecott Copper Mine (Bingham Canyon Mine)

Kennecott Copper Mine (Bingham Canyon Mine)

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The second-largest copper producer in the United States, the century-old Kennecott Copper Mine (aka the Bingham Canyon Mine) provides about a quarter of America’s copper needs, as well as gold, silver, and molybdenum. The impressive open pit, which is is still growing, is said to be visible from space.More
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Red Butte Garden

Red Butte Garden

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A natural oasis set on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, Red Butte Garden blankets the foothills in blossoms, plant displays, and hiking trails. The 100-acre (40-hectare) garden is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West, and it is best known for its magnificent spring bulb blooms and educational water-conservation garden.More
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Utah's Hogle Zoo

Utah's Hogle Zoo

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At the base of Emigration Canyon, Utah's Hogle Zoo is one of Salt Lake City's most popular family-friendly attractions. Its 42 acres (17 hectares) are home to more than 800 species of animal. Exhibit highlights include the Elephant Encounter, with African elephants and white rhinos, and the Asian Highlands, featuring five endangered species of Asian cat.More
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Liberty Park

Liberty Park

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Liberty Park is Salt Lake City’s oldest and liveliest city park. Located just southeast of the city center, the park features numerous playgrounds, seasonal amusement rides, a swimming pool, basketball courts, concession stands, and a popular running path. The park is also home to the Tracy Aviary, a sanctuary for rare and endangered birds from around the world.More
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Utah State Capitol

Utah State Capitol

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The neoclassical Utah State Capitol Building opened in 1916 and is home to the offices and chambers of the state Legislature, governor, and other government officials. The building is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and features artwork, historical items, and monuments both inside and around the grounds.More
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This is the Place Heritage Park

This is the Place Heritage Park

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Utah’s This is the Place Heritage Park commemorates the arrival of Mormon pioneers who settled in the Salt Lake City valley in 1847. Experience activities such as train and pony rides, blacksmithing, and gold panning at the 450-acre (182-hectare) park’s Heritage Village, which also displays restored structures and hosts events.More

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Mormon History in Salt Lake City

Mormon History in Salt Lake City

How to Spend 1 Day in Salt Lake City

How to Spend 1 Day in Salt Lake City

Recent reviews from experiences in Salt Lake City

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Salt Lake City Tour
mlepak2, Oct 2021
Salt Lake City Guided Bus Tour
Wonderful tour and a good way to see the city.
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Understand Salt Lake City Quickly
Melissa_C, Sep 2021
Salt Lake City Guided Bus Tour
This was the perfect way to see the important sights of Salt Lake City in a half day.
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Fantastic day trip to Zion
Vicki_L, Oct 2021
Private Day Trip to Zion National Park from Salt Lake City
The day trip is a lot of car time but it was worth every minute to see the beauty of Zion and Moi made it go by quickly.
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A great way to spend a couple of hours!
Ralph_V, Oct 2019
Great Salt Lake Guided Bus Tour from Salt Lake City
Tagging along on my wife's work conference I had some time to tour Salt Lake City but wanted to see the Great Salt Lake as well.
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Great tour
Kathleen_M, May 2021
Salt Lake City Guided Bus Tour
The best way to see Salt Lake City.
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My husband and I loved this tour and...
Dan-Melissa H, Aug 2016
Trolley Adventure: A Show-Tour of Salt Lake City
It was very enjoyable and memorable, we'd recommend this tour to anyone who is looking to see more than 5 places in Salt Lake.
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Amazing tour!
Thomas_S, Mar 2021
Salt Lake City Guided Bus Tour
We covered all the main attractions and had unique experiences at each one.
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Very interesting tour
Johanna_K, Nov 2019
Salt Lake City Guided Bus Tour
A very interesting tour of Salt Lake City, with much to see in both the city centre and the tabernacle.
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Our guide was prompt picking us up...
WilliamH_L, Jul 2016
Salt Lake City Guided Bus Tour
I highly recommend this tour for anybody who wants to see a lot and learn a lot in a few hours.
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I really enjoyed this tour. It...
Philip M, Jul 2016
Salt Lake City Guided Bus Tour
This may not be possible, but when visiting the capitol building, it would have been nice to be able to see the legislative chambers.
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Michael was a wonderful tour leader...
nira w, Jun 2015
Salt Lake City Guided Bus Tour
We had enough time in each location to visit and learn.
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To see so much of Salt Lake City in...
Amy M, Jun 2014
Salt Lake City Guided Bus Tour
To see so much of Salt Lake City in less than a day was great, and our guide Glen had so much insider knowledge that enhanced the whole experience.
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We enjoyed an outstanding half day...
Robert H, Aug 2015
Salt Lake City Guided Bus Tour
We were able to see everything that the tour promised and enjoyed lunch before continuing the final sites on the itinerary.
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Our tour guide was Glenn. He picked...
George S, Oct 2014
Salt Lake City Guided Bus Tour
He agreed with us that it is a very pretty and clean city for everyone to see and visit.
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