While most visitors think of Salt Lake City as being All Mormon, there are plenty of activities that are can intrigue just about anyone. From the outdoors all year around to the few museums and plenty of stellar eateries. Salt Lake City, warmly known as SLC holds plenty of history and extensively beautiful scenery.
Check out these awesome things to do in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Great Salt Lake – Boasting the largest body of salt water in a landlocked state. There are plenty of things to do in and around the lake, from biking, hiking, kayaking, sailing and just dipping your toes in the salty abyss. Check out some art installations, like the Spiral Jetty or the Saltair boat harbor. More Info: visitthegreatsaltlake.com
Red Butte Garden – One of the largest gardens in the intermountain west with 21 acres of foliage, the garden is home to hundreds of thousands plant species and even has a summer concert series. Check their calendar of events here. Address: 300 Wakara Way
Trolley Square – This mall has made a recent comeback. With a few stores and even better restaurants (+Whole Foods!) it’s fun to check out for dinner and possibly even schedule a tower tour! Address: 602 South 700 East
Capitol Building – The building itself is stunning as it rises over the entire city. My favorite place to gaze it, is along A street on the grassy knoll. Official address: 350 State St.
City Creek Mall – Another mall, but brand new! It has every store you could think of in a gorgeous open air setting. There is a glass bridge walkway that connects the stores. Located right across from Temple Square, you could spend the entire afternoon shopping.
Wheeler Historic Farm – An adventure more suited for the fall months… because apple picking! This farm has everything from a pumpkin patch picking to cow milking. Hoist up your boot straps and play on the farm. Address: 6351 South 900 East
Temple Square – This plaza has a few different attractions related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, however if you’re not of the mormon religion you have to stick to the temple grounds and other places they are offering public tours. Snap a pic of the beautiful temple and spend less than 20 minutes wandering. Check out this place around Christmas time when it’s completely lit up! Fun Fact: SLC is built on a grid system with the center being the temple itself. Address: 50 N Temple st.
Pioneer Memorial Museum – Care for a little Utah History? The Museum houses an extensive collection of memorabilia from Utah’s founders, along with manuscripts and photos. Located at the Capitol, you can also learn of your families history!
Salt Lake City Public Library Main Branch – I love libraries, but that is not the only reason to go here. This particular library was built with creative architecture, has five floors with plate glass windows and an accessible rooftop garden. You could spend hours marveling at its beauty before quietly finding a seat on the roof to catch the sunset. Address: 210 East 400 South
Big Cottonwood Canyon – In the winter it’s skiing and snowboarding and every other snow sport. In the summer its hiking, biking, rock climbing and alpine sledding. Check out the hikes to the few lakes or tour around Snowbird Resort. If you’re there in October you can catch Oktoberfest at the Bird. Live music and lots of beer!
Park City – Just nestled over the Wasatch range is Park City. A bustling ski town that hosts Sundance, but is fun all year around. The Canyons resort is my absolute favorite place to slay the slopes and then I stop into No Name Saloon for a drink and a buffalo burger. Main Street is where its happening. Check out my post on things to do in Park City.