Salt Lake City Travel Guide

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Salt Lake City Things to Do

  • Temple Square

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Temple Square is well worth the 'free visit'...you'll have access to two visitor centers with as much information as you want to know about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (The Mormons). The grounds are beautifully landscaped and maintained and the buildings have rich architectural and religious history. Ask about the Nauvoo...

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  • The view

    There are many overlooks in which to park a car for spectacular views of the city. Streets like Chandler Drive, and Wasatch Blvd are fantastic. For a close view of the city and great place to watch the sunset over the Great Salt Lake, Ensign Peak is minutes from downtown. Other close hikes are Avenues Twin Peaks and The Living Room, which has...

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  • Antelope Island SP

    This was a good place to visit. It is suppose to be the best place to access the Great Salt Lake, but we never found where you were suppose to do that. It was difficult to find your way around the island. The map they gave you was confusing and the signage didn't help much. We did see some buffalo while driving around the island and were able to...

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Salt Lake City Hotels

Salt Lake City Restaurants

  • Red Iguana

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This was a sketchy area but we felt safe here for lunch. We read the mole was awesome .. I'd never been a fan of Mole .. they gave me a sampler and to be honest the sampler was a meal .. and soooo good. I wish we had this in Ohio .. but we don't.

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  • Squatters Pub & Brewery

    4 out of 5 stars

    Squatters Pub Brewery snuck up on me despite many years of wanting to go there. I had not made it to Salt Lake City in either my 1994 or 1995 trips to Utah, always seeming to get stuck in the state's more renowned southern sights. So, Salt Lake City and Squatters were intertwined as places I just could not manage to get to and when you can't get or...

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    There are Hard Rock Cafes all over the world and they seem to all have the same menu. So, eating at a HRC is not always appealing to me. They have great food. But since we're in a different city, we wanted to try some local cuisine. But....I have to go get my pins. I collect HRC pins wherever I go. I only have 1 pin from Denver where I have not...

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Salt Lake City Nightlife

  • Port O' Call

    I don't know any other way to post this, so hope this helps. Port o'call was a popular spot, but the government wanted the land to expand the courthouse so the building had to go. February 2009 was the end of that era. Places to go instead? The new Green Pig Pub has many of the same fixtures. Gracies is the new upscale word of mouth favorite,

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  • Club Axis

    Different atmospheres: DJ, Dance, ouse/thechno, Live music, Rock/pop... Young people there. I think is the biggest disco in SLC. Once a week there is a Gay/lesbian day I don't remember which one... Really I prefer it other days... It's up to you...

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  • Brewvies

    I like Brewvies because it's very informal, the staff is very entertaining..and you don't need to be a member to get in (in SLC u need membership for most of the places where liquor/beer is served). There is a variety of beer, great nachos, pooltables and little cinema.The movie ticket is 4$, and wednesdays is 2$ and u can take your beer and nachos...

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Salt Lake City Transportation

  • Light Rail or Bus

    The TRAX light rail had a stop right in front of our hotel. On the top of the kiosk between the tracks were bird sculptures which I thought were interesting. We didn't have a chance to ride the 15-mile line down to 10000 South in Sandy (South Salt Lake Valley). It might have been an good way to see Salt Lake. When I was here before I took some...

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  • Airport

    Southwest has a great schedule but a no frills airplane. Getting to SLC was tough. I have never experienced a delay or missed a flight ever! So, to have both happen in the same trip was discouraging. Oh well, we endured. SLC airport is pretty organized. Not too big. Second trip to Utah, we flew Delta. Great experience!

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  • Drive

    The streets are quite wide. When Brigham Young had them laid out, he specified that they should be 132 feet wide so that a team of four oxen pulling a wagon could make a U-turn. According to Frommer's A more tantalizing tale has it that the streets were made wide enough for polygamist Young and all his wives to walk comfortably down the street...

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Salt Lake City Shopping

  • Trolley Square

    This upscale mall has many big name retailers. Mostly on the upper end of the scale. Their are 3 decent restaurants in the mall including a brazillian rodiza. The mall is just southwest of downtown SLC.

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  • Old trolley barn

    Another eclectic mall. This has been undergoing a major transistion and many spots are empty. The shops that are still there are great though. The fabulous Wellers Book store just opened there, along with Whole Food Market. Good restaurants are the Rodizio Grill and Desert Pub.

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  • The only place to shop for the moment...

    This is a nice outdoor mall west of the Energy Solutions Arena. There are lots of places to have dinner before a Jazz Game. It is also full of other good stores, The Apple store, Coldwater Creek, Dicks and many many more.There is an interactive fountain built in the shape of the 2002 Olympic symbol that is fun on a hot day. They have fires in the...

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Salt Lake City Local Customs

  • Alcohol

    I am posting this because much of the info here is incorrect or outdated. Utah did away with the Private Club law a little while ago so you do not have to have a membership to enter those establishments anymore. The downside of this is that in the past, you may have paid a smaller amount for the temporary membership whereas now many of the...

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  • Mormons

    As a person born and raised in Salt Lake City that was not Mormon or LDS or whatever is appropriate, I disagree with many of the statements above. First, if they know (and as has been stated they have awesome record keeping systems so, they know) you are a non-mormon they will in little ways try to get you to join their church. I was visited more...

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  • Watch your step

    Mormon development has fossilized some English features. Foot notes to English existence are available to see in most unexpected ways. Crossing the street can send the connoisseurs back across the ocean where it all started in the narrow lanes of London. Even the hallmark gilded trumpeter of faith is very reminiscent of the mannerist statue of Time...

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Salt Lake City Warnings and Dangers

  • Religious Restrictions

    The official name of the Mormon Church (or LDS) is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints It was founded by Joseph Smith in the state of New York on April 6, 1830. It is known by outsiders for the following things: 1) The Osmond family... and now Mitt Romney 2) Restriction on alcoholic beverages.. 3) Inhospitable toward people of...

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  • Cold and Snow

    We look all smiles in this pictures, but in reality, we were freezing our tushes off. This was taken on the day after the Opening Ceremonies and it was nearly zero degrees Fahrenheit. The Utah mountains can get that cold in the February. Not all the time, but it happens. A neck gaitor can make all the difference in the world. Deer Valley is the...

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  • Construction.

    Between my hotel and the convention center was a big construction site. They had massive construction going on getting ready for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. And I understand now they are repairing the capitol building. It's always something.

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Salt Lake City Tourist Traps

  • Salt Lake

    the great salt lake is not particularly attractive, it is swarmed by flies and smells of something rotting get in the water so that you too can come to the realization that things float higher in the denser salt water go hiking!!

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  • salt lake stench

    the great salt lake is not particularly attractive, it is swarmed by flies and smells of something rotting get in the water so that you too can come to the realization that things float higher in the denser salt water go hiking!!

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  • One thing everyone does when...

    One thing everyone does when they come to Salt Lake city is to naturally take a trip out to the Salt Lake itself. In a way, the lake is unique, being incredibly saline (about 8 times more so than the ocean). It is also quite briny and hence smelly, about 15 miles out of town, and for the most part just not the great time I thought it would be when...

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Salt Lake City What to Pack

  • Skiing?

    Pack your goggles, neck alligators, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, tissues, chapstick, sunblock, undergarment warming pants and tops, hand warmers, ski socks. You'll need them and you'll still be cold!

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  • HOT summers...and rain

    It was in the 90's F every day that I was in SLC in June, 2005. Still, with that heat, there was still a day of rainstorms. Don't only pack shorts and t-shirts if you travel to SLC in the summer; pack an umbrella, too.

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  • Packing List

    If you'll be skiing, and are based in SLC, you can rent skis and get equipment at CANYON SPORTS LTD at 517 South 2nd West in Salt Lake City. (801)322-4220. Don't forget to check out my travelogue SKI UTAH!

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Salt Lake City Off The Beaten Path

  • Scenery..

    I thought DC had a very unique idea of promoting art with all the colorful giant pandas located all over the city. Well Utah, Salt Lake City used the same concept using Buffalo sculptures painted with all different designs and located them all over the city. I had the pleasure of seeing at least two located on Antelope Island. I've read that in...

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  • Air Force Museum

    Wow, I really enjoyed this musuem. It has some of the most significate historical representation of aviation marvels. They have lots of outside displays as well and many inside displays. Make a point to take extra time to see all it has to offer! 75th ABW/MU 7961 Wardleigh Road, Building 1955 Hill Air Force Base, Utah 84056-5842 DSN: 777-6868 or...

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  • Liberty Park

    Tucked away in a corner of Liberty Park is the fantastic Tracy Aviary. It's fairly small and can be thoroughly explored in a couple leisurely hours. It houses hundreds of fascinating bird species from around the world and is a much more exotic destination choice than the standard Salt Lake City zoo. Be sure to see the incredibly cool African Ground...

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Salt Lake City Sports & Outdoors

  • Winter Sports

    I found this great website that shows you the historical snow fall for any of the ski resorts and webcams. Wow, very impressive and an excellent tool to plan any ski trip! Check it out and please rate whether or not this is helpful to keep this tip posted. Thanks!

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  • Utah Jazz

    For me, that I use to attend to Futbol (Soccer) games in Argentina, it was a very cold game. It seems to be more important what occurs in the grades that the basketball game itself. Everything was in order, but I expected something different.

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  • Hiking, Rock Climbing

    The Salt Lake Valley (and much of northern Utah) was once the home of the huge freshwater Lake Bonneville. This lake left behind benches on the mountain sides where once it lapped the shore. There are several distinct levels that are slowly being built on and are no longer as easily seen as they once were. The highest level is known as the...

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Salt Lake City General

  • Mountain Views

    Utah is one of the most beautiful places I have been... I am a sucker for a wintery mountain scene. Without the lure of a kickin' nightlife or other "big city" type of things, you get the chance to concentrate on the beauty of the nature surrounding you.

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  • Capitol

    Excellent view of the city from the capitol!! It´s at the top of a hill. The building it´s nice and it´s possible to visit it. On workdays you can see the activity, politicians going around. Hours: 9 - 8 in summer 8 - 6 the rest of the year Season: Open year round Price: Free

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  • Winter Olympics 2002

    FREESTYLE SKIING - Fifth-place after his first jump, Aleš Valenta came back to win in the freestyle aerials. With a double full-double full-full that scored 129.98 points, Valenta defeated Joe Pack and Alexei Grichin for the gold, Aleš Valenta's first Olympic medal.

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Top 10 Former Olympic Cities: Salt Lake City

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The United States hosted its eighth Olympic Games when Salt Lake City, Utah, and its surrounding ski resorts hosted the Winter 2002 Olympic Games. Visitors today can check out the Utah Olympic Oval on the western side of the city, or head east and hit Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley, and Snowbasin Ski Area, where former Olympians have competed for gold. Park City has also become a major destination since it began hosting the annual Sundance Film Festival every January, so the city's historical Main Street now has modern eateries, nightclubs, and world-class spas. While Salt Lake City is a well-known winter destination, it's also becoming a much more popular summer spot for hikers and mountain bikers. Travelers with an interest in these sports couldn't find a destination better than Utah – Southern Utah contains some of the most picturesque terrain in North America, including the state's five national parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands.

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    Jul 24, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Have you tried Uber to get around SLC? It's half the price of a cab and good service for a change haha. The app is free and if you use the promotion code: ge0rj your first ride will be free. Cheers

 
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