The capital of Utah, Salt Lake City, lies between Great Salt Lake and the Wasatch mountains. Famous for its winter sports and historic buildings, the city is blessed with natural beauty and interesting culture. It is known throughout the world as the centre of the Mormon faith, housing the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as one of its earliest temples.

The city was founded in 1847 by Mormon pioneers, who travelled across America from Illinois to establish a new colony on the West coast. One of their first acts was to build the Salt Lake Temple; this imposing neo-Gothic edifice on Temple Square is only open to church members, but the nearby Church History Museum provides an informative overview of the religion that inspired it.

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building, a former hotel built in the style of the Italian Renaissance, is a fine example of the architectural heritage of the past, while the ultramodern Salt Lake Public Library Main Building, opened in 2003, uses state-of-the-art techniques to interpret architect Moshe Safdie’s stunning designs.

Among the city’s many visitor attractions, the Clark Planetarium and Living Planet Aquarium are popular with families. The world-class collection at the Utah Museum of Fine Art will keep culture-vultures entertained all day, with exhibits ranging from Ancient Egyptian artefacts to contemporary paintings.

Since it hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics, skiers and winter sports fans have been flocking to Salt Lake City, while in the summer the mountain trails and lakes provide opportunities for walking, fishing, sailing and camping. Nature-lovers are well catered for in this unspoilt corner of America, with the carefully landscaped plantings of Red Butte Garden and Arboretum and the untamed beauty of Utah Lake State Park offering diverse ways to enjoy the great outdoors.

Getting around the city centre is easy, with a Free Fare Zone on the UTA public transport network. During the ski season the resorts are served by shuttles.

Known for

Live Music, Temples and Dancing

Top hotels in Salt Lake City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Little America Hotel
4 out of 5
500 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT
NZ$142/night
23 Aug. - 24 Aug.
4.3/5Excellent! (8,471 reviews)

Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Eagle Gate College and Capitol Theater. Salt Palace and Salt Lake Temple are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (8,471 reviews)

"Staff was great. Room was attractive. Pool was refreshing. Food is good"…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug. 2019

Little America Hotel
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Hotel RL Salt Lake City
3 out of 5
161 W 600 S, Salt Lake City, UT
NZ$140/night
30 Aug. - 31 Aug.
3.6/5Good! (3,639 reviews)

Located near the slopes, this Downtown Salt Lake City hotel is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Classic Cars International Museum, Salt Palace, and ...

3.6/5Good! (3,639 reviews)

"The staff was very nice and accommodating. I did not mean one person who I felt otherwise. I was disappointed that while I received new towels each day my bets were not made and my room not straightened. This was the second time I've stayed there in 2 months and the same thing happened both times. ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2019

Hotel RL Salt Lake City
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Airport Inn Hotel
3 out of 5
2333 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT
NZ$138/night
2 Sep. - 3 Sep.
3.7/5Good! (7,793 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Wingpointe Golf Course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Utah State Fairpark and Gateway Mall. Discovery ...

3.7/5Good! (7,793 reviews)

"Airport shuttle!!!!!!!! Shuttle driver was helpful room was quiet and cool and there was an elevator!"…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug. 2019

Airport Inn Hotel

Popular activities in Salt Lake City

Temple Square
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Temple Square

The spiritual centre of Salt Lake City is dominated by the neo-Gothic headquarters of the Mormon Church.

Salt Lake Temple
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Salt Lake Temple

Unless you’re a member of the Mormon Church, you won’t be able to see inside this historic building, but you can’t miss its imposing exterior.

Tabernacle
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Tabernacle

Experience the architectural and acoustic wonder of this landmark structure, which has awed visitors and worshippers with its unique design since 1875.

Utah State Capitol
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Utah State Capitol

Join a tour of the elegant home of Utah’s state government and see its beautifully preserved neoclassical architecture, period decorations and artworks.

Clark Planetarium
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Clark Planetarium

Travel to the moon, see a cosmic light show and follow the world’s weather patterns at this state-of-the-art attraction.

Solitude Mountain
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Photo provided by Solitude Mountain Resort

Solitude Mountain

Escape the crowds to enjoy winter and summer sports, scenic chairlift rides, a European-style village and gourmet dining in this resort at Utah’s Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Top activities in Salt Lake City

Operation City Quest of Salt Lake City, UT
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Operation City Quest of Salt Lake City, UT

NZ$15

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

City Creek Center Shopping
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City Creek Center Shopping

NZ$23

Just 10 minutes from Salt Lake International Airport, City Creek Center is a world-class shopping center featuring brand-name stores and restaurants like Nordstrom, Macy's, Tiffany & Co., and The Cheesecake Factory.

Urban Adventure Quest - Salt Lake City
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Urban Adventure Quest - Salt Lake City

NZ$12

Embark on an interactive tour of Salt Lake City and discover the city while using hints and completing unique challenges. See landmarks, picturesque sights, and historical locations as you decipher clues on your smartphone that lead you on a memorable tour of the city.

Zombie Scavengers of Salt Lake City, UT
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Zombie Scavengers of Salt Lake City, UT

NZ$31

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Vacation Photographer in Salt Lake City
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Vacation Photographer in Salt Lake City

NZ$48

Book a private professional photographer for a family trip, destination wedding, secret proposal or just a great day. Prices start at 8.

City Creek Center - Shop & Dine
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City Creek Center - Shop & Dine

NZ$54

Shop America Tours’ Shop & Dine at City Creek Center offers world-class shopping and dining. Head over to Guest Services when you arrive and receive your Passport to Shopping book, which is full of discounts and special offers worth over 500.

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