When it comes to planning the perfect getaway there are always two major factors: everybody must have fun and experience something out of the ordinary. Fortunately, a visit to Salt Lake City will cover you and your traveling companions on both of those fronts. From downright weird to beautiful to exhilarating, SLC, the capital of the U.S. state of Utah, has got it all.
To find what there is to do in Salt Lake City, read on.
If you’re a lover of nature and ever find yourself looking for things to do in Salt Lake City, then you should most certainly pay a visit to Liberty Park. Across the entirety of the park’s 80 acres, there can be found beautiful greenery, flowers that are indigenous to this part of the world, breathtaking tree formations, and many different species of wildlife.
Due to the sheer enormity of this park, upon a visit here you’d never have to worry about running out of things to do. You can walk, bike, and hike, you can have fun on recreational grounds like sports courts, you can go swimming the in park’s pool, and you can take a look around the Tracy Aviary. In regards to the latter, the aviary is home to hundreds of different types of birds, so it’s definitely a place you should head to if you are a keen bird-watcher.
The Mormon Temple
Being one of the most important religious buildings in the world, let alone in Salt Lake City, whether you’re particularly religious or not, you should pay a visit to the Mormon Temple.
Unless you are a Mormon yourself, you will not be able to enter the temple — enjoying its beauty from the outside is still a worthwhile task to undertake, though. Built all the way back in 1893, upon feasting your eyes upon the temple you will see a true testament to 19th-century America. You will also receive a first-hand glimpse of a building whose style and stature has encapsulated so many stories and pieces of poetry over the years.
Other notable Mormon monuments found in Salt Lake City include the Mormon Tabernacle, where the Tabernacle choirs perform; the This is the Place Monument, a memorial dedicated to the arrival of Mormons in SLC in 1847; and the Beehive House, a symbol of the industrialism commonly associated with the Mormon faith.
Upon a visit to Salt Lake City, you should definitely pay a visit to the State Capitol building. Found on Capitol Hill, this state of Utah symbol rises 300 feet above the rest of SLC, is of Neo-Classical design, and is topped off with a pristine marble finish — truthfully, it really is a sight to behold.
You don’t just have to gawp at the State Capitol from the outside in order to be able to enjoy its beauty as, unlike with the Mormon Temple, you can actually enter this monument no matter who you are. If you do decide to take a look inside, make sure you catch a glimpse of the Golden Room, the Governor’s reception room, and the rotating art gallery.
Salt Lake City’s Hogle Zoo is famous for the collection of eco-systems that it has managed to build, maintain, and help thrive all under its one roof. It is a zoo that is separated into sections, each section playing host to a different member of the animal kingdom — there’s the Asian Highlands section, the African Savannah area, and the Elephant Encounter, just to name a few. Nowhere else in the world, let alone in America, can you find such an extensive collection of wildlife
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
If you are very much into your art, then the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, which can be found in the grounds of the University of Utah, is a place that you should head to. Here, you’ll be able to indulge in your passion for creativity to your heart’s content, as there are 20 different galleries here for you to take a look at. You’ll be able to explore art from all of the world’s continents, too, so no matter where you’re from you’ll be sure to find a little slice of home
If you are ever tasked with figuring out what to do in Salt Lake City, then make sure to remember all of the points above. Regardless of who you are or what you like, in SLC, you’ll be sure to find something that floats your boat.