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. 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

  • 3. Kindig It Design

    Millcreek | Museum/Gallery

    Having earned a cult following as the star of Motortrend TV's long-running show Bitchin' Rides, Dave Kindig's custom auto design and restoration...Read More

  • 4. Land Cruiser Heritage Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Nearly 100 models of Toyota Land Cruisers, some dating back to the early ’50s, fill this quirky museum that has something of a cult following...Read More

  • 5. Museum of Church History and Art

    Temple Square | Museum/Gallery

    Here you can view a variety of artifacts and works of art relating to the history and doctrine of the Mormon faith, including personal belongings...Read More

  • 6. Pioneer Memorial Museum

    Capitol Hill | Museum/Gallery

    Covering the pioneer era from the departure of the Mormons from Nauvoo, Illinois, to the hammering of the Golden Spike, this massive collection...Read More

  • 7. Rio Grande Depot

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This 1910 depot was built to compete with the showy Union Pacific Railroad Depot three blocks north. It houses the Rio Grande Café and Utah...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Utah Museum of Fine Arts

    University of Utah | Museum/Gallery

    Spanning 74,000 square feet and offering more than 20 galleries, this well-regarded art museum on University of Utah campus contains a vast...Read More

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