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  • 1 Historic Temple Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    50 W. South Temple St.

    This pleasantly landscaped 10-acre plot is the hub of downtown Salt Lake City and the heart of the Mormon faith. Here are the six-spired temple, the silver-domed tabernacle, the beautiful Assembly Hall and several noteworthy statues and monuments. Pa..

  • 2 Museum of Church History and Art Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    45 N West Temple

    This well-presented museum is an essential stop for visitors seeking to understand the roots of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its evolution and its doctrines. Interpretive exhibits tell the history of the religion, from its seminal..

  • 3 Utah State Capitol Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    300 North State St.

    Completed in 1915 (Richard Kletting) at a cost of $2.74 million, this fine example of Renaissance Revival-style architecture-with its Corinthian columns and copper dome-was patterned after the US Capitol in Washington DC. The interior of the dome, 16..

  • 4 Family History Library Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    35 N. West Temple St.

    The world's largest collection of genealogical materials-on microfilm, on microfiche and in books-offers free public access for research. Church staff are available to assist. Established in 1894, this is the hub of more than 3,400 Family History Cen..

  • 5 Joseph Smith Memorial Building Interesting

    Religious buildings

    15 E. South Temple St.

    The former Hotel Utah (1911), restored in 1987, reopened as a community center. Its elegant lobby features an original stained-glass ceiling, marble pillars and grand staircase. "Legacy", a 53min film telling the saga of the pioneers' westw..

  • 6 Red Butte Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    300 Wakara Way off Foothill Dr.

    Spread across a semi-arid hillside above the university, extending through a snowmelt-fed canyon, these 150-acre gardens preserve wildflowers, shrubs and trees (1,500 species), and cultivated gardens.

  • 7 The Beehive House Interesting

    Religious buildings

    67 E. South Temple St.

    The official home of Brigham Young and his large family from 1854 to 1877, this beautifully restored National Historic Landmark is filled with period furnishings. Guided tours take in family rooms, several bedrooms, kitchen and office of the two-stor..

  • 8 This Is The Place Heritage Park Interesting

    Religious buildings

    2601 Sunnyside Ave.

    It is said that as Brigham Young and his party crested the Wasatch Range and descended Emigration Canyon in 1847, Young gazed upon the Salt Lake Valley and said, "This is the place." On the centennial of that occasion, This Is The Place Mon..

  • 9 University of Utah Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    201 South Presidents Circle

    Founded in 1850 as the University of Deseret, this 1,494-acre campus is Utah's oldest. Opening and closing ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games were held at its Rice-Eccles Stadium; athletes were housed in the on-campus Olympic Village.

  • 10 Utah Museum of Fine Arts Interesting

    Museums and art

    410 Campus Center Dr

    A beautiful five-story building, with mahogany and granite floors, is home to the only general art museum in the state of Utah. This wide-ranging permanent collection of 17,000 objects features paintings and decorative arts from all over the world. E..

  • 11 Church Office Building

    Religious buildings

    50 E. North Temple St.

    Lovely plaza gardens surround this 26-story building, Salt Lake's tallest. The general administrative offices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are housed here. From the top-floor observation deck, there are superb views of the great..

  • 12 Pioneer Memorial Museum

    Museums and art

    300 N. Main St.

    Located opposite the State Capitol to the west, this eclectic and extensive collection of pioneer artifacts-on four floors and in an adjacent carriage house-includes an enormous range of sacred and sectarian items, especially from 1847-69.

  • 13 Salt Palace Convention Center

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    100 S. West Temple St.

    This large building includes the Salt Lake City Visitor Information Center and offers over 500,000sq ft of contiguous exhibit space.

  • 14 Tracy Aviary

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Liberty Park. 589 E. 1300 South St.

    Established in 1938, this is one of the oldest public bird parks in the US. Some 500 birds of 150 species, including exotics and 21 threatened or endangered species, live here. Bird shows are scheduled May-September.

  • 15 Utah's Hogle Zoo

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    2600 Sunnyside Ave.

    More than 1,000 animals, both exotic and regional, are displayed at this community zoo. Children are delighted by a working scale-model railroad.

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