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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Latter-day Saints Family History Library

Latter-day Saints Family History Library

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Salt Lake City’s Latter-Day Saints Family History Library is the largest genealogical library in the world. Founded primarily to assist members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to fulfill one of their fundamental tenets—to baptize and otherwise save deceased ancestors—today many individuals use the library to simply research their ancestry.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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Park City Mountain Resort

Park City Mountain Resort

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The largest ski resort in the US, Park City Mountain Resort blooms from the quaint downtown of Park City, Utah. The park’s manicured groomers, powder bowls, and extensive terrain parks provide options for everyone from first-timers to advanced skiers. You can wrap up a day on the slopes at one of the many downtown ski-up bars and restaurants.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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Great tour
Kathleen_M, May 2021
Salt Lake City Guided Bus Tour
The best way to see Salt Lake City.
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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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A great way to spend a couple of hours!
Ralph_V, Oct 2019
Guided Tour of Great Salt Lake 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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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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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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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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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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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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