Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah, is a young and dynamic city, home to natural, historic, and religious attractions, along with nearby skiing and mountain-based adventures. While Salt Lake City has long been known primarily for being the religious center of the Mormons (Latter Day Saints), and many of the city’s top attractions do focus on this aspect, hosting the Olympic Winter Games added a new dynamic and put the city on the map for international travelers. Today, you can find great dining, shopping, and a variety of things to do here in summer or winter.

Temple Square

Temple Square is the holy place of the Mormons. Spread out over 35 acres, you’ll find beautiful flowering trees; colorful flowerbeds; fountains; and four key Mormon buildings: The Mormon Temple, the Mormon Tabernacle, the Temple Annex, and the Assembly Hall.

In addition to these spectacular buildings, you’ll come across several historical monuments highlighting important people and events in the faith.


Big Cottonwood Canyon

Located in the Wasactch Mountains, this wilderness region offers a limitless range of recreation for outdoor enthusiasts.

Take spring run-off seriously as it is entirely dangerous. Boulders tumble down the canyon waterway like Legos! The crashing sounds are tremendous and exciting…


Natural History Museum of Utah

The Natural History Museum of Utah is a wonderful family activity or something to do on a cold or rainy day in Salt Lake City.

Housed in a spectacular copper-clad concrete building with soaring spaces, the museum has more than 40,000 square feet of displays and educational facilities with 1.6 million objects in its collection.


Red Butte Garden

Red Butte Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Intermountain West and, together with the University of Utah, is the state arboretum.
The Garden has welcomed guests since 1985 and consists of over 21 acres of developed gardens and five miles of hiking trails winding through an extensive Natural Area.


State Capitol

Set 300 feet above the city at the north end of State Street, on Capitol Hill, is the Utah State Capitol.

This towering, neoclassical, domed building houses the House of Representatives, Senate, and Supreme Court of Utah.


Antelope Island State Park

Antelope Island, the largest island in the Great Salt Lake, is accessed via a 7.2-mile causeway. Its 28,022 acres are home to a unique variety of wildlife.

Also featured are 25 miles of back country trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, a visitor center that’s open year-round, and tours of the Fielding Garr Historic Ranch House.


Heritage Park

Explore a Pioneer Village, pan for gold, ride trains and ponies. Visit our new Native American Village and see the largest teepee in America.

Learn about Utah’s mining history, see a blacksmith, a tinsmith, a “spinster,” and much more.


Liberty Park

Liberty Park is Salt Lake City’s oldest and second-largest city park. Originally, Liberty Park was a grist mill and farm.

The Isaac Chase Mill (located in the northeast corner of Tracy Aviary) is the oldest commercial building still standing in Utah.