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Best Things To Do in Salt Lake City

Plan on spending a good chunk of your time exploring Temple Square, the official headquarters of the Mormon Church. This walled neighborhood at the heart of Salt Lake City hosts spectacular religious buildings — such as the Salt Lake Temple — as well as lush gardens and soaring sculptures. But there's more to do: The Great Salt Lake provides a spectacular setting for hiking and picnicking, while the nearby Wasatch National Forest is cross-hatched with scenic trails. Check out the Utah Olympic Park for a larger boost of adrenaline, or try your hand on the slopes in Park City or nearby Snowbird Ski Resort.

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#1
Temple Square Free attraction
Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Temple Square's three-block plaza is home to nearly 20 attractions related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day ... read more»

#2
Salt Lake Public Library Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Whether you like to read or look at beautiful architecture, the stunning and contemporary Salt Lake City Public Library could ... read more»

#3
Great Salt Lake
Natural Wonders, Recreation, Sightseeing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Clocking in at approximately 1,700 square miles, the Great Salt Lake is the largest natural lake west of the ... read more»

#4
Liberty Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you're looking to enjoy the great outdoors without leaving the city limits, head over to Liberty Park's ... read more»

#5
Utah Olympic Park Free attraction
Museums, Sightseeing, Sports | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Visitors can take a guided tour of this Olympic facility (used during the 2002 winter games), stopping at all the ... read more»

#6
Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The historic and cultural attractions are interesting and all, but let's face it: Skiing is one of the main ... read more»

#7
Park City
Festivals, Hiking, Skiing | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Park City was made for powder hounds. Sitting about 30 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, Park City is home ... read more»

#8
Salt Lake Temple Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Rising a whopping 210 feet over the square, this impressive six-spire structure is the universal icon of the Mormon Church ... read more»

#9
Family History Library Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Sitting in Temple Square, the Family History Library houses millions of genealogical records profiling more than two billion deceased people ... read more»

#10
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Sitting near the center of the University of Utah campus in northeast Salt Lake City, the Utah Museum of Fine ... read more»

#11
Red Butte Garden
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Filled with meticulously landscaped plots, gurgling fountains and pleasant pathways, the Red Butte Garden is a great place for budding ... read more»

#12
Wasatch National Forest Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Wasatch National Forest (also known as the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest) boasts 2.1 million acres of Mother Nature. Encompassing ... read more»

#13
Hogle Zoo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Home to more than 1,400 animals, Hogle Zoo allows visitors to get up-close and personal with its residents. Visitors ... read more»

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