Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is the capital of, and largest city in, the U.S.

110 things to do

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Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA) are one of two professional sports team in Utah that competes at the highest level of their sport, the other being MLS' Real Salt Lake. Jazz fans are known for being raucous during home games, giving Vivint Smart Home Arena (formerly Delta Center and EnergySolutions Arena) one of the league's best atmospheres and a reputation as one of the more difficult places to play a road game. The Arena has a TRAX station right out front and the frequency of light rail service is increased for most games. The NBA regular season takes place from November through mid-April; the playoffs can last into June.

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Salt Lake City and County Building

Seat of the city government since the 1890s, and in times past was also the seat of county government and even the state capitol building for 20 years. The halls are lined with onyx on each of four lavishly decorated floors. A clock tower rises 256 feet (78 m) above ground level in the middle of the building and is topped by a statue of Columbia. Portraits of former mayors line the third floor corridor between the mayor's office in the south wing and the city council chamber in the north wing. On the fourth floor is an exhibit dedicated to the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Real Salt Lake

(pronounced ''rey-AL'', an anglicized version of the Spanish word as in "Real Madrid", not like the English word ''real'') is a member of Major League Soccer (MLS) Home games are played at Rio Tinto Stadium, in the nearby suburb of Sandy, which is also directly accessible from TRAX. The regular season lasts from March through October and the playoffs last into November. Established in 2005, Real Salt Lake is one of the newer additions to Major League Soccer, but won the MLS title in 2009.

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Salt Lake City International Airport

Located on the western side of the city just off of I-80, Salt Lake serves as Delta Air Lines' mid-country hub, with over 120 daily departures for Delta alone. Hotel shuttles and taxis connect the airport with downtown. The [ UTA] TRAX Green Line (see below) offers an inexpensive $2.50 ride from the airport to downtown. It has direct international flights to Paris and various cities in Mexico and Canada.


This scenic resort is within a half hour of Downtown. Mostly known for skiing and snowboarding, but there are also activities for non-skiers. A scenic tram ride to the top of 11,000 ft Hidden Peak operates year round, weather permitting, and the views from the peak are spectacular in all directions. Summer at Snowbird resembles a carnival, with an assortment of rides and activities.

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Sugarhouse Park

A 110-acre park with soccer fields, a baseball diamond, volleyball courts, picnic areas, rolling grassy hills, a garden center, and a small pond often inhabited by California Gull, the state bird. This park is popular with runners and joggers, who exercise on the mile-long loop road. One of the largest fireworks shows in the state takes place here every Fourth of July.

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This Is The Place Heritage Park

Marking the spot where Brigham Young is believed to have said "This is the Place", the park's features include a monument to the Mormon settlers of the Salt Lake Valley and a re-creation of a Utah frontier village made of historical buildings that were transplanted from their original foundations. Demonstrations of frontier life take place here frequently.

Salt Lake City Main Library

Several computers available for public use. The first floor has express computers for visitors without a library card, and the whole building has free WiFi for anyone with their own device. Branch locations around the city are starting to get wireless access as well, or you can register for an Internet Access Card with a photo ID.

OTHER   —  +1 801-524-8200 —  210 E 400 S

Liberty Park

Salt Lake City's "Central Park" with areas for several different activities, including a very small amusement park, a large pond with paddle boats available on some occasions, fountains to play in, swimming pools, barbecue areas, tennis courts, bike and running paths, and plenty of green space with tall shade trees.

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The Red Iguana

Award-winning Mexican restaurant with a menu based on old family recipes. Popular and crowded enough that they have a second location less than two blocks away (866 W South Temple, +1 801-214-6050) and an express version called Taste of Red Iguana a mile east on the State Street side of the City Creek Center mall.

Church History Museum

This museum has a permanent display outlining the history of the Mormon church from its East Coast origins up to the arrival of the pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley. This portion takes about a half hour to walk through if you read the descriptions as you go. There is also a rotating display of religious artwork.

Pioneer Park

Home to the popular [ Downtown Salt Lake City Farmer's Market] on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings from June to October. The park is safe during the daytime, but is best avoided after dark due to the large homeless population and reputation for late-night drug transactions.

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The Woodshed

The Woodshed is a friendly, fun neighborhood dive with a touch of class and good spirits. Featuring live local music and karaoke and comfortable atmosphere with a large outdoor patio. Smoker friendly with a firepit for the winter and a backyard for the summer nights filled with live music and great times.

DRINK   —  +1 801-364-0805 —  60 W 800 S

Utah Museum of Fine Arts

5,000 years worth of art history are on display at the UMFA, with over 18,000 works ranging from antiquity to more modern installations (though with little to no emphasis on abstract art). The museum runs a variety of public programs, such as artist talks, tours, films, and family art-making activities.

Utah State Capitol

The grand state capitol building is prominently displayed on the mountainside, in a lovely park overlooking Downtown. The grounds include a reflecting pond and several memorials. Inside are large open areas and monumental architecture. On weekdays, guided tours are available at no charge on the hour.

The Pie Pizzeria

Two locations around the corner from each other: one for take-out only and then a dine-in location in a dark but cozy basement with twenty years worth of graffiti covering the walls. Best known for their giant, thickly loaded pizzas, but they also serve salads, sub sandwiches, and beer.

EAT   —  +1 801-582-5700 —  1320 E 200 S

The Bayou

A beer lover's paradise with over 300 different beers from all over the world, about 30 of them on tap. The food menu features Cajun and Creole dishes like Jambalaya Pizza, Alligator Cheesecake, and Blackened Catfish Salad. Live music after 9PM on most Friday and Saturday nights.

DRINK   —  +1 801-961-8400 —  645 S State St


The only intercity passenger train to Salt Lake City is Amtrak's Chicago–San Francisco route, the ''California Zephyr''. Service is once per day in each direction; westbound trains arrive at 11PM and depart at 11:30PM; eastbound trains arrive at 3:05AM and depart at 3:35AM.

GO   —  340 S 600 W

Tracy Aviary

Located on eight acres within Liberty Park, the aviary is home to about 300 total birds from over 100 different species, including many rare/endangered species. Offers year-round bird shows, bird-themed crafts, and a daily 1PM Avian Encounter show for $3 per person.

SEE   —  +1 801-596-8500 —  Map

Family History Library

The genealogical research wing of the Mormon church, this is the largest library of its kind in the world. It is open to the general public and attracts multitudes of visitors looking to trace their family history. Research assistants are on duty to help patrons.

SEE   —  35 N West Temple St


Cinema pub with two movie screens and a lineup of mostly recent releases. Menu consists of things like pizza, burgers, nachos, and chicken tenders; drinks are mostly beer, including many local brews. Food bought at Brewvies can be eaten in the theater areas.

EAT   —  +1 801-322-3891 —  677 S 200 W

UPROK Records

Salt Lake's record store dedicated to all things Hip Hop. Sells everything from vinyl records and CDs to apparel, smoking accessories, and spray paint with nozzle attachments. Sponsors MC and B-Boy Battles monthly, and sometimes concerts and other events.

Blue Plate Diner

Funky décor and fixtures collected from historical restaurants whenever one closes in the neighborhood. Serves breakfast all day, and, unlike most diners, Blue Plate has plenty of vegetarian options. Expect crowds and noise on weekend mornings.

EAT   —  +1 801-463-1151 —  2041 S 2100 E

Hotel Monaco

An elegant Kimpton hotel in the historic Continental Bank Building high rise. The rooms aren't large, but they are luxurious and cozy. Can be a cheaper option on weekends when it isn't in high demand among business travelers.

SLEEP   —  +1 801-595-0000 —  15 W 200 S

Inn on the Hill

This 11,000 square foot, 1906 Renaissance Revival style mansion is one of the grandest on Salt Lake's Capitol Hill. The mansion was turned into a lovely boutique hotel in 1998 and restored to its original grandeur in 2004.

Grand America Hotel

A landmark high-rise on the south end of downtown, intended to be "the best hotel ever built". The five-diamond hotel features a lovely courtyard and some of the most elaborate chandeliers and mirrors in the world.

SLEEP   —  +1 801-258-6000 —  555 S Main St


Stylish two-story gastropub popular with the younger crowd. Has a patio on each floor and beautiful views of both downtown and the mountains. Live music most nights, not just on weekends. Must be 21 or older.


The local commuter rail line runs between Ogden, Salt Lake, and Provo. The current schedule is every hour on weekdays (with more frequent service during rush hours) and every hour or two on Saturdays.

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Training Table

Specializing in gourmet hamburgers and sandwiches with several locations in the Salt Lake Valley. You place your order using a telephone at your table and they buzz you when your food is ready.

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Rice-Eccles Stadium

Home stadium of the University of Utah football team, and site of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympics. The olympic torch is still at the south end of the stadium.

Red Rock Brewing Company

Downtown brewpub popular for their seafood dishes from Almond Crusted Trout to simple fish and chips. More focus on the food than you might expect from a place that calls itself a brewery.

EAT   —  +1 801-521-7446 —  254 S 200 W

Haxton Manor

A luxurious boutique hotel with "a little bit of England right here in Salt Lake City." This is probably one of the most beautiful boutique experiences in the city. Highly recommended.

Ruth's Diner

Open since 1930, Ruth's features a unique mountain setting and creekside patio seating. The diner is famous for its large "mile high" biscuits. Sunday brunch tends to be very busy.

Real Monarchs

Reserve side for Real Salt Lake, playing in the United Soccer League. Currently playing at Rio Tinto Stadium, but planning to build a smaller stadium in West Valley City.

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Off-Broadway Studios

Suites with kitchens. Golf clubs and bikes available to borrow. Discounts for booking multiple units at once, up to six total. Advance booking required.

SLEEP   —  +1 801-487-2729 —  316 S 400 E

Plaza Hotel

The dated exterior looks like Soviet architecture, but the rooms are pleasant, clean and smoke free. Complimentary airport shuttle for individuals.

Salt Lake Bees

A minor-league baseball team in the Pacific Coast League (PCL). They play their home games at Smith's Ballpark, about a mile south of downtown.

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Natural History Museum of Utah

Best known for Jurassic-era dinosaur skeletons; also features several exhibits related to Utah's landforms and earliest human inhabitants.

Lamb's Grill

Greek food and classic diner fare with a full bar. This location dates to 1939 and is a historic institution in the heart of downtown.

EAT   —  +1 801-364-7166 —  169 S Main St


Upscale dining in the New American style, with eclectic décor and top-notch service. Has gluten-free menus for lunch and dinner hours.

EAT   —  +1 801-363-5454 —  202 S Main St

Memory Grove

A somewhat laid-back park on the mountainside, featuring trailheads, a meditation chapel, several memorials, and off-leash dog areas.

Carlton Hotel Inn & Suites

Near Temple Square and City Creek Center. Hotel exterior is beautiful — hotel interior is functional, but a bit like a 1980s office.

Fiddlers Elbow

Sugarhouse sports bar that takes on a laid back bar & grill atmosphere between games. Standard American food: burgers, pizza, etc.

DRINK   —  +1 801-463-9393 —  1063 E 2100 S

Salt Lake City Main Library

One of Salt Lake City's most unique pieces of architecture, the library makes use of natural light and features a rooftop garden.

SEE   —  +1 801-524-8200 —  210 E 400 S

Lindsay Gardens

A park next to a large cemetery in the city's first neighborhood, with a serene atmosphere and spectacular views of the valley.

SEE   —  7th Ave and M St

Wildflowers Bed and Breakfast

This bed and breakfast, a fully renovated Victorian-era home built in 1891, is located in Salt Lake's Sugarhouse neighborhood.

Anniversary Inn

Themed rooms (e.g., train car, Phantom of the Opera, country garden) make this a unique, fun, and slightly offbeat option.

Gilgal Sculpture Garden

A small but unique collection of sculptures and stone engravings hidden between buildings in the center of a city block.

SEE   —  +1 801-582-0432 —  749 E 500 S

Utah Grizzlies

Minor-league hockey team competes in the ECHL and plays their home games at the Maverik Center in West Valley City.

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Peery Hotel

An upscale boutique hotel. Large windows offer nice views of the mountains, the valley, and the city vibe.

SLEEP   —  +1 801-521-4300 —  110 W Broadway

Utah Transit Authority

Operates the local commuter buses, which can bring you into the city from anywhere on the Wasatch Front.

GO   —  +1 801-743-3882 —  Map

Hong Kong Tea House and Restaurant

Serves excellent Chinese food. Instead of ordering individual meals, the entire party orders appetizers.

EAT   —  +1 801-531-7010 —  565 W 200 S

Spencer's for Steaks and Chops

Upscale steak restaurant. Voted Best Steakhouse by Salt Lake Magazine eight years in a row.

Hogle Zoo

The zoo is a 42 acre complex, with the largest exhibits featuring primates and elephants.


Fine eclectic dining built around a farm-to-table ethos. Make your reservation online.

EAT   —  +1 801-532-0777 —  878 S. 900 E.


Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

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Cedars of Lebanon

Serves Lebanese and Moroccan food; has belly dancers on Friday and Saturday nights.

EAT   —  +1 801-364-4096 —  152 E 200 S

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

Puts on contemporary dance performances at the Rose Wagner theater (also downtown).

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Market Street Grill

Long menu with an emphasis on seafood, but plenty of options for all times of day.

The Copper Onion

An American restaurant. Food sourcing is local and sustainable whenever possible.


Fine Italian dining in a cozy atmosphere. Offers a full bar with plenty of wines.

EAT   —  +1 801-355-8518 —  204 E 500 S


Dinner consists of a multi-course tasting menu. Dinner generally lasts 2.5 hours.

Naked Fish Japanese Bistro

Traditional Japanese fare. This is one of Salt Lake's best Japanese restaurants.

Clark Planetarium

Has plenty of free exhibits, and paid admission to laser shows and IMAX movies.

SEE   —  +1 801-456-7827 —  110 S 400 W

Moochie's Meatballs & More

Sandwich joint specializing in Philly cheesesteaks and meatball subs.

EAT   —  +1 801-596-1350 —  232 E 800 S

Cafe Trio

Pizza, flatbread, paninis, and pastas with cocktails and wine.

EAT   —  680 S 900 E


Traditional and contemporary, farm-to-table Greek cuisine.

Bucket O' Crawfish

Louisiana-inspired sauces with a West Coast Asian twist.


Bike sharing program with stations throughout downtown.

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City Cakes & Cafe

Delicious vegan bakery and cafe, with friendly staff.

Utah Symphony/Utah Opera collaborative

Performs at both Abravanel Hall and Capitol Theater.

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Ballet West Ballet Company

Performs regularly at the downtown Capitol Theater.

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University Guest House & Conference Center

At Fort Douglas on the University of Utah campus.


Intercity bus service from all over the country.

GO   —  +1 801-355-9579 —  300 S 600 W

Siegfried's Delicatessen

Authentic German deli in the heart of downtown.

EAT   —  +1 801-355-3891 —  20 W 200 S

Ichiban Sushi

Sushi and tofu in a former Lutheran church.

EAT   —  +1 801-532-7522 —  336 S 400 E


Tasty local brewpub with a nice patio.


Within a 20-minute drive of downtown.

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About 20 minutes away from downtown.

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Camelot Inn & Hostel

18 or older, no convicted felons.

SLEEP   —  +1 801-688-6196 —  165 W 800 S

TUFESA Bus Lines

Bus service to or from Mexico.

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The Kathmandu

Nepali and Indian cuisine.

EAT   —  +1 801-355-0454 —  212 S. 700 E.

Rodízio Grill

Brazilian churrascaria.

Texas de Brazil

Brazilian churrascaria.

Log Haven

New American cuisine.

The Blue Nile

Ethiopian cuisine.

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