Salt Lake City

Start with a stroll around the city center, making sure to stop at the architecturally impressive Temple Square, the heart of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Within blocks, you’ll find museums, theaters, historic buildings, and shopping havens, including the Gateway and Center outdoor malls. Then, branch out into the surrounding neighborhoods to capture more of the flavor of the city.

Then, branch out into the surrounding neighborhoods to capture more of the flavor of the city. Like most Utah municipalities, Salt Lake City is based on a grid plan that was devised by Brigham Young in the 19th century. Most street names have a directional and a numerical designation, which describes their location in relation to one of two axes. Streets with "East" or "West" in their names are east or west of (and parallel to) Main Street, which runs north–south; and "North" and "South" streets run parallel to South Temple Street.

The numbers tell how far the streets are from the axes. (For example, 200 East Street is two blocks east of Main Street.) Addresses typically include two directional references and two numerical references—320 East 200 South Street, for instance, is within the east 300 block of 200 South Street. Generally, in speech and in written addresses, abbreviations shorten these to, for example, 320 E. 200 S or South; the word "street" is never used. Three of Salt Lake's most prominent streets are named after the Mormon Temple: North Temple, South Temple, and West Temple, indicating that the streets run parallel to the north, south, and west borders of Temple Square. Main Street borders the Square's east side.

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  • 1. Natural History Museum of Utah

    University of Utah | Museum/Gallery

    Stop and admire the sleek copper and granite form of this contemporary museum on the University of Utah campus before stepping inside to learn...Read More

  • 2. Salt Lake City Public Library

    Downtown | Library/Archive

    Designed by Moshe Safdie and built in 2003, this spectacular contemporary structure has become the city's cultural center and one of the country...Read More

  • 3. Clark Planetarium

    Downtown | Observatory

    With an array of free hands-on exhibits and state-of-the-art 3-D and IMAX theaters, Clark Planetarium is an appealing, affordable family attraction...Read More

  • 4. Discovery Gateway Children's Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    The region's premier children's museum, geared toward kids ages 2 to 10, has three floors of lively hands-on experiences. Kids can participate...Read More

  • 5. Family History Library

    Temple Square | Library/Archive

    This four-story library houses the world's largest collection of genealogical data, including books, maps, and census information. Mormons and...Read More

  • 6. Gallivan Center

    Downtown | Plaza/Square

    Sometimes dubbed Salt Lake City's "living room," the John W. Gallivan Center anchors downtown and offers an amphitheater, ice rink, and various...Read More

  • 7. Hogle Zoo

    East Side | Zoo/Aquarium

    This 42-acre zoo, nestled at the base of Emigration Canyon, has been a delightful half-day destination for families since 1931. In the African...Read More

  • 8. Sugar House Park

    East Side | City Park

    Rolling grassy hills, athletic fields, multiple playgrounds, a creek, and a pond provide plenty of room to fly a kite or have a picnic at this...Read More

  • 9. The Leonardo

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Salt Lake's only museum devoted to the convergence of science, art, and technology hosts large-scale national touring exhibits as well as hands...Read More

  • 10. This Is the Place Heritage Park

    East Side | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Brigham Young and his band of Mormon followers descended into the Salt Lake Valley here. On July 24, 1847 (now a statewide holiday that is bigger...Read More

  • 11. Tracy Aviary & Botanical Garden

    East Side | Zoo/Aquarium

    Easily walkable for even the smallest kids, this family-friendly facility in gracious Liberty Park features more than 100 species of birds found...Read More

  • 12. Wheeler Historic Farm

    Farm/Ranch

    Now a 75-acre park and living history museum with numerous historic structures and a country store selling snacks, toys, and farm-related gifts...Read More

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