Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City

Utah, United States
Salt Lake City's sunny disposition means you'll find good company at kid-oriented Sugar House Park, dog-friendly City Creek Canyon, bird-happy Liberty Park's Tracy Aviary, and romance-ready Red Butte Garden. The rare rainy day is a perfect excuse to hit the new Natural History Museum, the restored marble-clad statehouse, or Broadway-bound theater shows.
Getting Around Salt Lake City
The best way to get around Salt Lake City is by public transit. Utah's TRAX light rail and bus system is free for passengers within the downtown area. Outside downtown, fares are $2.35 per ride or $5.75 for a day pass. During ski season, Utah's Transit Authority operates a Ski Service from various points downtown to several ski resorts. A one-way fare is $4.50. If you plan on visitng areas other than downtown Salt Lake City during your entire visit, renting a car makes sense. Paid parking hours are from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. for a maximum of 2 hours, Monday-Friday. Saturdays are free, with a 2 hour maximum. Sundays are free without restrictions.
Nearby Airports
  • Salt Lake City International Airport-SLC
Airport Taxis
  • $17
Things to Do and See in Salt Lake City
Sugar HouseDowntownCapitol HillGreater AvenuesThe University Of UtahEast BenchLiberty Park
The original site of Brigham Young's sugar house, this historic area is currently transitioning from locally-owned shops to chain stores and restaurants. The Fiddler's Elbow and Salt Lake Pizza and Pasta offer local brews and fresh menu options, while the Soup Kitchen is a savory alternative for lunch. Browse Highland Drive and 2100 South for antiques, eclectic gifts, and books. Sugar House Park offers playgrounds and a large duck pond where cormorants and pelicans occasionally fish. Follow your walk through shady Hidden Hollow with dinner and drinks across from the park at the Dodo.
Navigating the city is easy thanks to its urban grid system. Downtown offers a light-rail train that is free within the area, or you can hire a horse-drawn hansom cab for a guided tour. Walking is always an option: the sidewalks are wide, clean and well-lit in the evening. Within easy reach are dozens of local shops and art galleries, traveling Broadway shows at Capitol Theater and the historic temple complex of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Dining options include Italian at Michelangelo's, South Asian at the Himalayan, and homey comfort food at Lamb's.
Utah became a state in the late 19th century, and made its presence known with one of the impressive statehouses in the U.S. The impressive marble masonry and ingenious artwork were fully restored in the early 2000s, and can be seen on guided tours every hour on weekdays. Meander down the hill to Memory Grove Park, where monuments to veterans include the Harbour and the Meditation Chapel. Hike along the creek into City Creek canyon and see if you can discern where the 1999 tornado ripped through the park. The hiking trail beyond the park is one of the few places in the city where dogs are allowed off-leash.
Salt Lake City's original neighborhood east of downtown showcases renovated historic homes on wide, tree-lined streets. The Avenues area is known for its eclectic blend of hipsters, university students, young families, and stalwart longtime residents. Tour the historic Cathedral of the Madelines, and grab coffee and a veggie melt at Cafe on 1st. Walk past lovely Victorian homes to the Salt Lake City cemetery, where many sculpted gravestones are considered works of art.
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The University of Utah sits atop the northeast bench of the Wasatch Mountains. Aside from its academic and football fame, the campus boasts a variety of restaurants and entertainment in the surrounding area. For the best pizza in the city, head downstairs to the Pie Pizzeria (don't forget to sign the walls). Catch a professional stage production at Pioneer Theater, hear music at historic Kingsbury Hall, absorb culture at the Museum of Fine Arts, and explore the new Natural History Museum. For military history, walk the grounds of Fort Douglas and its military cemetery. Head up the hill to Red Butte Garden for strolls among thousands of plant and tree species, canyon hikes with views over Salt Lake Valley or concerts at the outdoor venue May through September.
Detour from the University area to explore Hogle Zoo and This Is The Place Heritage Park. Recent renovations at the zoo have upgraded and improved many of the exhibits, including an Asian Highlands area and the new Rocky Shores exhibit. Watch Zuri the elephant swim, get face-to-horn with a rhino, and hop aboard the Hogle Zoo train and the hand-carved carousel. Across the street, This Is The Place features Wild-West-era buildings, museums, a petting corral for the kids, and a legendary local ghost. Actors provide educational historical information and seasonal fun. Drive east up Emigration Canyon for lunch or dinner at Ruth's Diner, or head south on Foothill Drive for more dining and shopping options.
Liberty Park is a sprawling urban green space with picnic areas, walking paths, tennis courts, and a swimming pool. Kids love the playground's central water spray and wading pool, constructed as a scale model of Wasatch Front's creeks and canyons. Take a ride on vintage amusement park rides or a rent a paddle boat for a jaunt around the duck pond. See the birds at Tracy Aviary, the only free-standing aviary in the country. Historic Trolley Square offers shops, cinemas, and restaurants, and nearby Gilgal Garden has a secret trove of stone sculptures. Eat at the Park Café by Liberty Park or have a scone and tea at the London Market before hunting for treasure inside George's Salvage Shop. For more eating options and indie movies at the Tower, head up 900 South to 900 East.