Salt Lake City or 'SLC' is the capital of Utah and a densely-populated, metropolitan city. There are lot of things you can do here―visit museums, monuments, planetariums, water parks, state and national parks, zoos, aviaries, arboretums, and historic squares.
It is the most important part of the city, with a great historical background. Temple Square houses many important places including the Beehive House, which was the residence of Mormon leader Brigham Young. The turret of the house has a big beehive that supposedly represents the diligence of the Mormons. It is the same beehive that appears on the coat of arms of the Utah state. The Victorian Gothic architecture of the Assembly Hall is enrapturing. It is a concert hall and the main center for the many recreational activities that take place here at weekends. The Eagle Gate, the Family History Library, the Duel Log Home, the church office building, etc., are all situated here. This square attracts more tourists than the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park; roughly between 3-5 million.
Capitol Hill overlooks downtown and is home to many historical buildings. One such place is the Marmalade District; named so because it has streets named after fruits used in the making of marmalade. The Council Hall, which was the first state capital is also situated here. It now hosts the Utah - State Information Center and Utah Travel Center. The State Capitol is located at the end of the extreme north of the State Street and is a domed building with neoclassical architecture and beautiful marble interiors. This building hosts the Supreme Court, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. Due to all these reasons, the Capitol Hill Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
University of Utah
The Utah University was founded in the year 1850. The Museum of National History and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts are situated on the campus of this university. In both the museums, you can view specimens ancient and modern art through furniture and paintings. The Red Butte Garden and Arboretum is also located here. It's spread across 100 acres of land, with hiking trails and natural paths. It is the largest botanical garden and ecological center in the Intermountain West.
Jordan River State Park
Located on river Jordan―a river that flows through the Salt Lake City―this is a true haven. If you are interested in biking, golf, watercraft activities, and sailing, this place is a must-visit for you. The Ranging Waters, a 17-acre water amusement park is also situated here. In addition to this, the Pioneer Municipal Park and the International Peace Garden are located here.
Great Salt Lake
The largest salt lake in the western hemisphere, this lake lends its name to the city. The average area of the Great Salt Lake is around 17,000 sq mi. It is separated from the city by a few fenlands and mudflats. It's called the 'Dead Sea of America' as its salinity is much more than that of sea water; however, it's home to thousands of native birds, waterfowl, and shorebirds. Globally, it has the largest population of the Wilson's Phalarope. The lake is a great tourist attraction because of its unique, jade and bright blue surface. It also attracts artists and water sports enthusiasts. The Antelope Island National Park is located near the lake and it shelters many wild animals like bison and bighorn sheep.
The Hogle Zoo, the Lagoon Amusement Park, Clark Planetarium, the Gardner Village, Ballet West, Sandy City Amphitheater, the Utah Olympic Oval, and Fort Douglas Military Museum will definitely fill up your urge for great sightseeing. There are plenty of malls and squares in downtown areas, where you can indulge in plentiful shopping.
Despite being in the heart of America, Salt Lake City has treasured its unique historic culture. Now all you have to do is pack your bags and leave for this destination.